The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun Joins Another Film, and We All Know What That Means
Spoilers for The Walking Dead season 6 follow!
When The Walking Dead finished its sixth season in the most egregiously anticlimactic way possible, many pointed out that the great big "cliffhanger" would only be a mystery for a few weeks, until the character who was killed off booked another job or until the cast started filming season seven and the internet leaked who was missing. Well, it looks like we won't have to wait for the cast to arrive in Atlanta in a couple of weeks, because Steven Yeun has just booked a role in another movie, which is shooting on location outside of the U.S. right now.
Yeun has joined the cast of Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer follow-up, a sci-fi film called "Okja," along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, and The 100's Devon Bostick. It follows a young girl who befriends a genetically engineered pig named Okja, and tries to save him from the corporation that created him. This all sounds great, and we're excited to see this movie, but it's bad news for Walking Dead fans that the film has already started principal photography in Seoul, South Korea.
This pretty much confirms that Glenn will not be returning for the seventh season. While actors on The Walking Dead have done film projects during breaks in filming, production on the seventh season is about to start, and Yeun has booked not one, but two film projects that are filming in the next couple of months, with the other being the action movie Mayhem. He's a supporting character in Okja, so one could argue that he could somehow make it work if he doesn't have to be there for all of production. But he's the main character in Mayhem, which starts filming at the end of April in Serbia.
There's always the possibility that either of these schedules could be worked out somehow, especially if his role were just reduced this season, but I sincerely doubt that he can juggle prominent roles in two high-profile movies while also shooting a 22-episode season of The Walking Dead. Even Norman Reedus only does one movie at a time. Between this and that ominous audio breakdown of the last scene, I think it's safe to say that Glenn is a goner.
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