The seventh season of The Walking Dead opened with one of the most brutal and gut-wrenching hours of the shows history. Millions of fans tuned in to the season premiere to learn which character would met a gruesome end at the hands of Negan, leader of the saviors, and were heartbroken when fan-favorite Glenn Rhee was one of two victims. While the scene was difficult to watch, actor Steven Yeun appears to be taking it quite well, having humorously recreated Glenn’s death at a fan convention.
Taken by a fan, the exact date on which this photo was taken is unclear, thought it appears to take place at one of the Walker Stalker fan conventions. It features Steven Yeun comically recreating Glenn’s death with a Lucille baseball bat and eye-popping glasses. You can check out the image below!
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There is something comforting in the fact that Steven Yeun can find humor in the characters fate, especially since watching Glenn’s death unfold was anything but enjoyable.
Up until this point, our characters have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.
To start Season Seven, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.
The first half of Season Seven sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.
Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.
The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.
The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on February 12, 2017 on AMC.