The Walking Dead fans have been given a few reasons to be angry with the character Nicholas. Played by Michael Traynor, the character’s cowardice resulted in the death of Noah, played by Tyler James Williams, and when surrounded by a hoard of zombies while trapped on top of a dumpster with Glenn, Nicholas took his own life and nearly cost Glenn his own life in the process. At Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Michael Traynor spoke with Comicbook.com about Glenn’s near-fatal dumpster dive and offered his take on how he feels Nicholas would have evolved had the character survived.
While Glenn first appeared to have been devoured by zombies as a result of Nicholas’ actions, it would later be revealed that he character had survived. Traynor commented on the fan response he received after his character nearly killed Glenn, accident or not.
“It was the big mystery of what was Glenn’s fate gonna be?” he said. “I had two lines of people. One were crying and in despair and the other had pitchforks and torches coming to kill me.”
Traynor revealed that he is still a fan of the show and weighed in on the gut-wrenching seventh season premiere, which saw Glenn meet a gruesome end, calling it, “brutal in a sense that the heartache mixed with the gore was pretty unparalleled.”
Traynor also shared his thoughts on how Nicholas would have evolved as a character had he lived to fight another day, believing the character would learned to become a fighter.
“I think he has proven that he was pretty wiley when it came to fighting other humans,” he said. “It was just, he was terrified of those shambling mounds of death everywhere.”
Despite a relatively short run on the series, Traynor was grateful for the opportunity to appear on the show.
“The Walking Dead, it was really a gift,” he said. “When I got hired, I just hopped on a plane not knowing anything about what the role was gonna be and as the scripts kept coming and as the characters evolved, it was kind of a gift from the writers.”
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 airs on Sunday 9:00 pm ET on AMC.