There are less than three weeks until the popular AMC series “The Walking Dead” returns for its fifth season, and more and more spoilers are leaking out everyday about the fate of the characters. According to Entertainment Weekly on September 23, actor Steven Yeun revealed details about his character Glenn Rhee during the upcoming fifth season. A series regular since season one, Yeun started off as a pizza delivery boy who has evolved into a fierce walker fighter for team prison.
The previews for season five show Glenn being tied up at Terminus, and rumors swirled earlier this summer that Glenn would be killed off this season after some fans witness filming on the set in Georgia. Official photos also show Glenn surrounded by walkers with no way out. In the comic book series, Glenn is killed off by Negan, a villain who the series is likely to introduce at the end of season five or season six. However, the series has a way of using previews and photos to mislead viewers from the truth.
Yeun described season five Glenn as “reaching his true potential” and has really grown into himself over the past four seasons. He’s proven his worth and will be more “hardened” this season much like Rick has been in the past season. The character “does seek hopefulness” while understanding that the world he lives in is very brutal. Glenn is still struggling to find a balance between the good and evil, although he never lost faith that he would find Maggie last season. In the middle of season four, Glenn was finally reunited with Maggie in a tunnel after being separated in the prison attack.
Yeun talked about how finding his wife last season gave Glenn a “sense of humanity” and he holds onto that hope when the world gets horrible or seems hopeless. Glenn is “probably the man he never dreamed he could be at this point” since he found value in the group as a leader. Glenn helped clear out the prison of walkers when everyone first arrived, took watches on the tower, and helped coordinate the defense when The Governor attacked the prison.
On September 23 Wetpaint Entertainment posted that Glenn is one of the more moral characters on the series, who knows it’s a “dark world” and the zombie apocalypse brings out the worst in people. Glenn realizes that the situation brings out the worst in people, but tries to give everyone one the benefit of the doubt. In the comic book series, Glenn and Maggie have a child which the characters on the show have already discussed. That is a possible storyline for season five though, since in the comics Glenn is killed while Maggie is pregnant.
These events also take place after the group travels to the Alexandria Safe Zone, which is a confirmed storyline for season five. “The Walking Dead” season five will premiere on Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC. The sixteen episode season will introduce new locations and new characters from the comic book series. The first eight episodes will air in 2014 and the final eight will air in the spring of 2015.