Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the Nov. 1 episode of “The Walking Dead.”
If you were paying attention to the opening credits of “The Walking Dead” this week, you might’ve noticed a big change — Steven Yeun’s name is no longer part of the opening titles, the first time he’s been absent from the sequence since the pilot.
His character, Glenn Rhee, was seemingly devoured by a horde of walkers in the Oct. 25 episode, “Thank You,” although there’s been some ambiguity about Glenn’s fate, first because showrunner Scott Gimple released a cryptic statement on aftershow “Talking Dead” last week (which also left Glenn off its weekly “In Memoriam” segment), and then because executive producer David Alpert refused to confirm his death in Variety‘s postmortem interview last week, instead coyly commenting, “We will find out what happened to Glenn… I feel like, regardless of what happened to Glenn, he paid a tremendous price for having been human to Nicholas, and that, to me, from an emotional point-of-view — whether or not Glenn is alive or dead or something else — the Glenn that we knew, the one that believed in the better side of humanity, I think is dead.”
The Nov. 1 episode, titled “Here’s Not Here,” focused wholly on Lennie James’ Morgan, filling in some of the narrative gaps on the character’s journey before he reached Alexandria — likely frustrating fans who tuned in hoping for some clarity on Glenn’s fate.
Next week’s episode looks to focus heavily on Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), judging by the episode’s promo, but a newly released clip from the episode also shows that we will get to see the aftermath of the Wolves’ attack on Alexandria, with a shell-shocked Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) overhearing Michonne (Danai Gurira) apologizing to Maggie (Lauren Cohan) for leaving Glenn behind, and reassuring her, “He said if he got stuck, he would find a way to send us a signal.”
Do you think Yeun’s missing name means that Glenn is dead, or was it removed to mess with fans? Weigh in below.