Steven Yeun explains why Glenn hasn't killed anyone on The Walking Dead

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Feb 10, 2016, 7:52 PM EST (Updated)

Of all our zombie-apocalypse survivors, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) is the only one who hasn’t killed a single human being (even though he came this close to killing Nicholas in the Season 5 finale, and dude would have deserved it) yet.

Sure, he’s done more than his fair share in the zombie-slaying department on AMC’s The Walking Dead, but so far Glenn has remained human-killin’-free, and, after a stint hiding under a dumpster in the first half of Season 6, he's more than ready and willing to reunite with his wife. Only problem is that herd of walkers that broke through the walls of Alexandria. This isn't going to be a walk in the park. 

But back to the issue at hand. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Yeun explained why he thinks Glenn hasn’t killed anyone with a pulse (yet) on the hit zombie drama series. And for him, it has a lot to do with Glenn and his wife Maggie's (Lauren Cohan) unborn child.

Here’s what Yeun told EW:

“And part of that is echoing from the last season, the idea that sometimes we can be out there too long, and that we can completely lose ourselves. And to that extent as well, there’s the fact that Glenn has not killed another human being as of yet, and it’s not from a place of Glenn saying, 'I can never do that,' but it’s more along the lines of Glenn has not faced a situation where he’s been forced to. And if he isn’t forced to, he chooses not to, because I think for him, he’s trying to preserve a part of himself to say that anything that I do, I want to be able to look my kid in the eye and say, 'Hey, I lived this way, and I’m still here. So you can live this way, and you can still be here as well.' I think everything’s kind of a prep for this kid, and so, yeah, I mean, that’s kind of where they’re at right now with the baby.”

In a separate interview with EW, Lauren Cohan revealed that Glenn and Maggie’s long-awaited reunion may not be as happy as we’d all want it to be. Bummer. But this is The Walking Dead we're talking about.

“The reunion is going to be somewhat overshadowed by a lot of other darkness,” she says. “I think I can say that much. Because they have found each other and just in time to sort of help everybody else in this huge battle that’s continuing. They’re completely underwater right now. We’ve had both of them at the absolute cliff edge of danger and death. We shot that scene and I screamed ‘Glennnnnnnnnnn!’ so much I lost my voice,” Cohan says of the reunion with a laugh. “And then we didn’t quite get it so I did it all over again in ADR. That’s the biggest screaming I’ve had yet in the show.”


The Walking Dead finally returns on Feb. 14.

(via EW)