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‘The Walking Dead’: Is [redacted] really dead?

Was this the last thing a beloved “Walking Dead” character saw?
Was this the last thing a beloved “Walking Dead” character saw?

No way. Nope. Uh-uh. No, no, no.

There’s just no way.

(Before we go on, if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” and you don’t want it spoiled, stop reading now.)

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking. Maybe it’s the denial stage of grief. But despite what we saw on Sunday, there’s a pretty decent chance Glenn did not get eaten by zombies on the latest episode of “The Walking Dead.”

▪ It’s too soon: Entertainment Weekly lays out a case for and against Glenn’s demise here. The most compelling part might be that Glenn’s eventual fate in the comics is tied to a villain who has not yet appeared in the TV series. On the other hand: Some characters who died in the comics are still hanging around, and some characters still alive in the comics are dead on the show. But it you want to see Glenn’s comic book fate, go here. If you don’t, don’t. Really.

▪ Where are the interviews? Generally, when a character bites it (pun intended) on “The Walking Dead,” the actor shows up on AMC’s after-show, “Talking Dead.” But Steven Yeun was conspicuously missing. A writer for “The Daily Beast” says reps for AMC and Yeun did not return calls for comment. On the other hand: No publicity is good publicity.

▪ Jon Snow: HBO seemingly has pulled something similar with another fan favorite, Jon Snow, on “Game of Thrones.” On the other hand: That kind of switcheroo feels sooo cheap (see season two of “True Detective”).

▪ Glenn has been spotted on set.The Spoiling Dead” and “Entertainment Tonight” both have had shots with Yeun on set, in costume with characters who have not yet been introduced. On the other hand: Rick’s late wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) appeared several times after she died. And Lori is another character whose TV fate differed significantly from the comic book version.

▪ Even show runner Scott Gimple says we’ll see Glenn again: In a prepared statement, Gimple wrote: “In some way we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback or in the current story, to help complete the story.” On the other hand: It’s all about ratings. Viewers so angry about his death might hear that and tune back in just to see.

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