After months of waiting, we finally learned who Negan's victim was during the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, and fans can't stop talking about it. For those who haven't seen this grueling hour of TV just yet, there will be HUGE SPOILERS below, so stop reading now if you don't want to know who Negan killed. The person who plays the victim in question spoke about this epic twist in a new interview just hours after the premiere.
AMC posted a new interview today with Steven Yeun, whose character Glenn Rhee was actually the second victim killed off by Negan in the premiere. The victim initially chosen in the premiere was Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), but after Daryl (Norman Reedus) tried attacking Negan, he chose to kill a second victim, Glenn, giving viewers a twist on the comic but still re-creating an iconic comic moment, where one of Glenn's eyeball's has been pushed out of its socket. When asked about his character's death, Steven Yeun revealed he didn't want anyone else to "take that death."
"For me, personally, I didn't want anyone else to take that death and I don't think anyone intended to give it to anyone else, to be quite honest. It's such an iconic moment and I knew it was necessary to happen. When I was in it, I was just kind of doing what I was supposed to be doing - just dying and trying to do a good job at it. [Laughs] Who knows if I got even close. I don't know what it feels like to die, but it was a very unique experience [to film] and a pretty affective moment for me, too. After I took some steps back from it, I really started to process what it was, what it meant, and what it means for me in terms of how much I might have been connected to Glenn."
Many had presumed that Glenn's wife Maggie (Lauren Cohan) would be killed, since the actress posted a number of Instagram photos in New York City while the show was in production, but we now know that she was spared, at least for now. One of the most talked-about moments of the episode is Glenn's dying words to his wife Maggie, where he says "I'll find you" before Negan finishes him off. Here's what Steven Yeun had to say about Glenn's final words.
"I tried to play it as sincere as you possibly could in a moment where you are just glitching. I think Glenn was fighting to find words and 'Maggie, I'll find you' was a callback to another experience and another time when he really was trying to find her. Maybe it was a subconscious thought or maybe something he held onto for a while that was his driving force, and when he got smashed in the head, it just brought it to the forefront. There are so many ways to look at it."
He also addressed the notion of Daryl's attack being to blame for Glenn's death, stating that Daryl did what anyone would do in that situation, fight back. If that wasn't enough, we also have new photos from last night's heartbreaking episode that you can check out below. The Walking Dead Season 7 continues with The Cell on Sunday, October 3 at 9 PM ET on AMC.