Is Glenn still alive? That's the biggest question on the minds ofWalking Dead fans as the zombie drama heads toward its midseason finale.
This week finds the focus back on Alexandria after the Wolves' attack, and it's unclear if the AMC drama will reveal just what happened to the former pizza delivery guy who was last seen surrounded by walkers in a seemingly inescapable situation.
"It's probably not the last time we'll visit that dumpster scene," executive producer Greg Nicotero tells THR. Just like any show — you watch Game of Thrones and the audience sees a character die and they go through all these different emotions and feelings and how they process and accept it. Our show is no different. That story is definitely not over."
Nicotero, who notes that he's "gotten a lot of, 'I love your work but f— you!' " responses from diehards, has read many of the fan theories that Glenn could be alive and singled out one that isn't true.
The exec producer— who is also directing the season six finale — added that he's enjoying the speculation online about many of the ways in which Glenn could still be alive.
"I think it's fun to allow people to speculate on it. There will be some resolution to the debate. I can't wait for that moment because it'll be very intriguing," he said.
Here, THR speculated some of the ways in which Glenn could have survived the encounter.
2. The walkers are feeding on Nicholas' body and are led away before getting to Glenn. The early season six episodes have focused on redirecting the dangerous zombie herd by any means necessary and nothing would make that happen like fresh human meat to service the massive pack of the undead.
3. Glenn, hiding under Nicholas' dead body, somehow scoots under the dumpster. Several fans have beentesting the theory to prove that it's possible for an adult to hide underneath a disgusting dumpster.
4. Glenn uses a frequent Walking Dead device to fit in with the walkers: covering himself in Nicholas' blood. We noted during our night-of analysis that the episode was titled "Thank You," and if a dead Nicholas were to really save Glenn, the title would have a dual meaning after Nicholas muttered those same words to his traveling companion before pulling the trigger.
6. A stranger saves him. The series has cast Tom Payne as comics character Jesus, who has not yet been introduced. The character in Robert Kirkman's graphic novels is well adapted to the new world and has a strong sense of morals and values. It's also worth noting that the dumpster in question was next to a large building that could make for a good escape route — or way for a compassionate stranger to make a heroic entrance. (Or better, see Sasha, Abraham and Daryl come to his rescue.)
7. Glenn escapes — but has been bitten. It's worth noting that "Thank You" made sure to stress that Glenn had a flare gun on him, which was seen when he emptied his pockets and paused to care for Hershel's pocket watch. Would it be a stretch for him to risk a bite on the arm to fire off the flare gun and lead the walkers away? Is it even more of a stretch that he could make his way back to Maggie before turning in a plot that would parallel the Alexandria guy who was bitten and died trying to get home to his wife, Betsy, in the same episode? Crazy, yes, but that flare gun could come in handy.
8. The entire encounter never happened. Yes, we're going out on a limb here, but keep in mind that this season has seen The Walking Dead play with time in a way the series hasn't ever done. There has hardly beenany time that has passed during the first four episodes of the season as the action has been split between events outside the wall with Rick and company; within Alexandria; and with Morgan's flashback-heavy backstory.
Adding to the likelihood that Glenn isn't dead is the way in which the character is (spoiler alert) shockingly executed during the group's first confrontation with dastardly villain Negan in its landmark 100th issue. Sources tell THR that the character of Negan will be introduced in the season six finale, with casting currently underway for the role (under the fake name of Orin). Sources also say that fan-favorite Yeun recently signed a new deal to remain on the zombie drama, further indicating that his death at such an early point in the AMC story seems unlikely.
Do you think Glenn is alive? If so, how? Share your theories in the comments.