The Season 7 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead was an historic moment for television. The biggest show on cable created a buzz throughout its off-season like never before as the entire world begged to learn who Negan killed following the Season 6 finale's cliffhanger.
When the zombie series revealed that Negan killed not only Abraham but also Glenn, fans poured out complaints regarding the violence packed into the extended premiere episode. However, the series was only following its source material laid out by Charlie Adlard's art in The Walking Dead comics.
During a panel at Walker Stalker Con in Nashville, Tennessee over the weekend, Glenn actor Steven Yeun opened up about his departure from the AMC series from the first time and, in doing so, discussed his thoughts on the complaints regarding the violence. Check it out in the video above or read what Yeun had to say below.
"I actually found out I was going to die about wo years before it happened," Yeun said. "It was like, not talked about. It was unsaid but it was understood that we were gonna do what we were supposed to do. I advocated for that, too, because it could've been just me rationalizing it, what was inevitable, but at the same time, you look at that journey and you realize that is marked in such a dramatic way in the comic that to change it, I think is a cheat."
"Maybe we did it too far. It was pretty bad but we did it and people remember it, so it's cool."
As for the reaction to the violence specifically, Yeun has his own rational explanation to the controversy and is not blaming the blood and gore which came out of the episode.
"I think it was a lot of things," Yeun said. "People think it was the gore. It was gorey but it wasn't any more gorey than anything that qwe've shown before. I think what it was was just watching someone that you feel like you know getting killed that way and getting killed in a way that was not like, 'Oh man, look at Noah getting ripped up,' which is gnarly but it was just happening to him, whereas, in this instance, it was just like, 'You could've stopped but you're just gonna kee pgoing and you're gonna rub it in.'"
"That's great that Glenn can have that type of place to effect people like that," Yeun said. "I mean, sorry, but mission accomplished.
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