Photo: Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Productions
By Marc Inocenio
AMC’s The Walking Dead concluded its fourth season with a major cliffhanger by introducing the show’s newest enemy Gareth (Greek‘s Andrew J. West), who traps Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company inside a rail car at Terminus. The gory season finale raised a series of question for Season 5, including: Are the people of Terminus the cannibals mentioned in the comics?
On Friday, On Air with Ryan Seacrest welcomed Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn Rhee, in the flesh to discuss his role in the series, which pulled an estimated 28 million viewers a week during its fourth season. In the “Infected” episode, his character had a brief flirtation with death after encountering a walker and later displayed symptoms of the deadly virus.
“Everybody thinks I’m going to die every season, and that’s kind of the joy of playing this character,” the 30-year-old said while playing a game of “Ball in the Air: The Walking Dead Edition” with Ryan (watch below). “Every year, Glenn looks like he’s about to eat it. He eats a lot of it, and he just doesn’t finish the end where he’s suppose to die.”
In the midst of all the zombie mayhem, Steven’s character managed to court Maggie (The Vampire Diaries‘ Lauren Cohan) and make her his on-screen wife. A fan of the TWD couple phoned in and asked the actor if Glenn and Maggie will introduce a baby in the new season.
“I probably couldn’t tell you that without getting fired,” he said. “But I will say, the world presents a tough place to have a baby, so let’s just keep that in mind.”
With the show’s reputation of killing off main characters — The Governor (David Morrissey), Hershel (Scott Wilson), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), and T-Dog (IronE Singleton) — Ryan and Ellen K. asked the I Origins actor if his character will join the show’s growing list of gruesome departures.
“Does he make it through?” he asked. “Let’s say this: Glenn is a very resilient guy, but the forces of nature that exist in that world are very, very tough.”
To see how Glenn’s fate unravels, tune into the Season 5 premiere episode, “No Sanctuary,” on October 12 at 9/8c on AMC.