It feels like it’s been forever since Steven Yeun left The Walking Dead after his character Glenn was killed off. The actor was in attendance at the Walker Stalker Con in Nashville, Tennessee and addressed being killed off of the show, citing the difficulty of leaving The Walking Dead after having been on the show for seven seasons.
“It’s hard to leave family after seven years of being together but also it feels very complete. Something needed to happen to propel this next season. It’s been over a year and everybody is still so cool. They’re so sweet and they’re very sad about the death but that’s awesome. I think the coolest part about the death in and of itself is, I don’t know if there’s ever been a character like Glenn before in any facet,in the way he walks and the way he talks, … to have died and to have in death such a lasting impact. I think it’s like awesome. I think if Glenn were to continue, he could at some point fade into the back but there’s this great explanation point.”
Interestingly enough, Yeun said that he always worried about dying on the show, but that he knew Glenn was going to meet his demise two years before they actually shot the scene.
“I actually haven’t really thought about this. I think it’s more like, at least from my perspective,e I was so new to Hollywood… I was just happy to be there. Yeah, I’m sure there was points like, ‘Oh, crap, am I gonna die this year?’ There was a little bit of worry but I just was really having a good time doing it. I actually found out I was gonna die almost two years before it happened. It was like, not talked about. It was unsaid but it was understood…You look at that journey and you realize, that is marked in such a dramatic way that to change it, I think, is a cheat. We did it and people remember it, so that’s cool.”
Yeun also spoke about the goriness of the death scene and how he thinks it’s great that Glenn was such a beloved character and his death really impacted people.
“I think it was a lot of things. People think it was the gore but was gory but it wasn’t anymore gory than anything we had shown before. I think it was just watching someone you feel like you’d known getting killed that way. Getting killed in a way that was not like, Oh, man, look at Noah getting ripped up. That was gnarly but it just happened to him. This was like you could have stopped but you just keep going. It’s great that Glenn can have that type of place to effect people that way.”
The Walking Dead season eight will premiere in the fall on AMC.
Source: Steven Yeun via ComicBook.com