If you haven't seen Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead, there will be plenty of SPOILERS below, so be sure to read on at your own risk. Fans of The Walking Dead are still reeling after Sunday night's shocking episode Thank You, where a beloved character has seemingly died, but that's not the only thing fans are worried about. Before we get to the controversial death, and enter SPOILER territory, Thank You also teased that the group's leader Rick (Andrew Lincoln) isn't in the best of shape either. To clear the air about these new developments, showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple spoke with TV Line, where he issued one "definitive" statement, and several ambiguous statements. This is your last chance to avoid spoilers, so if you haven't seen Sunday's episode, stop reading now.
Before we get to the controversial death shown in Thank You, the episode's final moments had a frantic Rick, constantly nursing his wounded hand. While Rick is still alive at the end of the episode, some fans have wondered whether or not the wound on Rick's hand may have been infected by zombie blood, and if that could cause him to turn into a walker. When asked if a person could get infected in this way, Scott M. Gimple teased that it may be possible, but, in a surprisingly definitive statement, said fans shouldn't worry about Rick.
"It's entirely possible, but we haven't really gotten into it on the show. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say something definitive: Rick is OK regarding that cut. His hand will survive. There will be a bandage. There will be some ointment involved. But he's going to walk away from it."
Unfortunately, he wouldn't shed any light on how Rick may get out of this jam, stranded in the stalled RV with a horde of walkers around him. It's worth noting, though, that next week's episode, Here's Not Here, will be 90-minutes long, where this burning question will surely be addressed in some manner. Then again, the second episode took place entirely in Alexandria, and Thank You took place entirely on the road, but since Here's Not Here is a half-hour longer, it's likely that we'll see the survivors make it back to Alexandria.
The final moments of Thank You seemingly revealed that the beloved character Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) has died. In this brutal scene, Glenn was trapped on top of a dumpster with Nicholas (Michael Traynor), who decided to end his life, but in doing so, ended up dragging Glenn into the zombie horde below him. Curiously, the Talking Dead after-show didn't list Glenn in their In Memoriam segment, and Scott M. Gimple released a statement that revealed fans will see, "some version of Glenn or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback, or current story" in upcoming episodes. Adding to the speculation, Scott M. Gimple wouldn't say one way or another if Glenn has died. When asked about the backlash about not giving fans a definitive answer about his death, Scott M. Gimple had this to say.
"I definitely want viewers to have an emotional experience either way. There are twists and turns, and bad things happen. Ultimately, it's all part of a bigger story. I hope that the audience will just wait to see the greater story and see how it all plays out. They're kind of stopping in the middle of the movie, which they have to because there's a week between the reels. But we're still in the middle of the movie."
Most deaths in The Walking Dead are definitively shown, with Walkers literally tearing into their flesh as they're eaten alive. With Glenn, however, we do see him fall into the group of zombies, and we do see him screaming in pain, with blood spurting everywhere, but we never do see any actual proof that he is being eaten. When asked if it was shot in a deliberate way that would give fans hope Glenn wasn't being torn apart by zombies, Scott M. Gimple had this to say.
"It was shot the way it was shot and it was edited the way it was edited and that is always deliberate. I spend a lot of time on these cuts, so take that as you will."
Thankfully, fans won't have to wait terribly long to find out, once and for all, if Glenn is alive or dead, although it may not be in next week's episode Here's Not Here. The showrunner revealed that we will get our final answer on Glenn's fate sometime before the midseason mark, with five episodes remaining before the show goes on its hiatus. What do you think about these new details? Do you think Glenn actually managed to survive? Or is he just another one of the undead? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on The Walking Dead, which returns Sunday, November 1 at 9 PM ET with Here's Not Here.