This weekend at San Diego Comic Con International, actors Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan sat down with ComicBook.com and other members of the entertainment press to talk about the upcoming fourth season of AMC's The Walking Dead, on which they play Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene.
The characters, having just become engaged at the end of season three, have been through a lot this year...but are they ready to bring a baby into the world of the zombie apocalypse?
"I think they're--without spoiling anything, it's more like being at the precipice of deciding what survival and what society is at this point," Yeun said when the question was put to him. "I think that's kind of the mantra for everyone--it's like, 'What is the point of life at this point?'"
Of course, that's a consistent theme that's been explored with Rick (or Shane) and Lori's baby, who came last season and who has become a symbol of hope for the future to the group of survivors around whom the show centers. That child, though, was conceived before it was clear that the world would not bounce back from the events of the sudden zombie plague, and so not a lot of thought went into the possibility of bringing a child into a post-apocalyptic world until Lori was already pregnant.
What does it mean to the prospective on-screen parents to consider the possibility of another baby to take care of?
"You can be a couple in Manhattan and think you don't have enough financial security to have a baby and you have it anyway, and you can be in the couple in the apocalypse that doesn't have enough physical security to have a baby," Cohan said. "I'm not saying which way it's going to go but it does mirror life in that way. It's like, when is it safe to take that next step? When do we know?"
There's also the challenge of, if they elected to use a baby in their story, doing it differently enough from Judith Grimes that the story was still worth telling. The idea of a "light in the darkness" has already sort of been taken, so what could they get narratively from a second child that they didn't get from the first?
"We're not going to see anything the same, I'm just going to tell you that," Cohan said.
"The writers are all so amazing, but at the same time you can break down any story and it's going to have the same core," Yeun added. "I think the core of this show in particular is moving on and continuing to strive. There are those who don't want to--and they end their lives--or those who fear it. There are just so many questions that everybody has that I think there will always be an interesting spin, a new situation every single time."