Robert Kirkman Tells The Walking Dead Fans Not to "Put Too Much Weight" on Spoiler-y Easter Eggs

Friday, 04 March 2016 - 1:45PM
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Friday, 04 March 2016 - 1:45PM
Robert Kirkman Tells The Walking Dead Fans Not to "Put Too Much Weight" on Spoiler-y Easter Eggs
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The Walking Dead is building up to a big finish at the end of season six, and the writers are working overtime to ensure that fans are in the dark about which character is going to go to that Big Walled-Off Community in the Sky. There have been several hints that the show will conform to the brutal events of the comics, but according to Robert Kirkman, fans shouldn't read too much into the comics Easter eggs that have been laid out so far.

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In the comics' 100th issue, Negan makes a huge first impression by taking the survivors hostage and beating Glenn to death with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire. The show has made several winky references to Glenn's death in the past season or so, including a scene in which Glenn has a baseball bat held to his head in Terminus, or when he picked up a baseball bat and used it to kill a walker in last year's midseason premiere.

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"I would think if you're not a comic book reader, the fact that that guy had a baseball bat to Glenn's head at Terminus really has no additional meaning for you," Kirkman told THR. "Glenn is lined up just like the others. Don't put too much weight on things like that that are Easter eggs for the core, devoted fan that we try to tip the hat to from time to time as a way of saying, 'Hey, we know you guys are paying attention; we love you guys.'"
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Kirkman goes on to say that Easter eggs and references don't necessarily indicate that the show will take the same direction as the comics, as the show often "remixes" iconic scenes to keep viewers on their toes.

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"I don't know that that's going to reveal story or indicate what we're going to be doing in the future but those things are fun moments we throw in for the super fan," said Kirkman. "There's nothing that can be gleaned from the various scenes you've seen. The road is always open, and the paths we choose hopefully are always going to be surprising. You may think that you can read into things, but I'm happy with the fact that you pretty much never can. So stay on your toes."
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It's true that the show often switches things up, so the fact that they're referencing Glenn's comics death doesn't necessarily mean he'll die the same way in the show, but the idea that fans "shouldn't read into it" seems a little disingenuous. Of course the writers want the fans reading into these clues; that's why they put them there, so fans will start to speculate that Glenn is going to die this season. Whether those clues are an instance of misdirection, which is very typical of The Walking Dead, is another issue, but those Easter eggs are clearly meant to stoke those fires.

So is it a misdirection? We laid out an argument last week that a different character will bite the bullet, so to speak, especially since Glenn's death has been teased so often (and infuriatingly) this season. Showrunner Scott Gimple tried to downplay this as well, claiming that all of the characters on the show have had brushes with death, but also heavily hinting that his love for Maggie could put him in more danger.


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"I don't know if Glenn completely outpaces everyone else in the near-death experience department," said Gimple. "Glenn, from the moment we meet him on the show, is somebody who oddly runs into danger. Up until the point that he found Maggie, he was really not thinking about his own life too much and there's dialogue in the show directly to that. But once he got together with Maggie, then he had this thing to fight for and he finds himself throwing himself into danger again on regular basis."
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They're keeping it expertly vague, as Gimple is basically saying that Glenn's death hasn't been teased more than any other characters (which is also sort of BS, since no one else has hidden under a dumpster), but also directly referencing his death in the comics, in which he inadvertently puts himself in Negan's path in order to protect Maggie and their unborn child.


Similarly, Greg Nicotero brushed off Glenn's near-death experience in the midseason premiere, saying, "Everyone in that [midseason premiere] episode almost dies," but going on to heavily tease Glenn being in mortal danger:

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"What that shows is that Glenn is going to do what ever he's going to do to save Maggie," said Nicotero. "In that instance, he runs out in an effort to distract walkers that are about to tear down her outpost. Glenn seems to be getting himself into these situations more than he should."
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Well, that doesn't sound good, but if there's anything we learned from the dumpster debacle, it's that they're not at all above tricking us. I stand by my earlier argument that the writers will change the events from the comics, but it's hard to tell at this point.

The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.
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