“NO!” “OH MY GOD!” and “WHY?!” seemed to be the most popular reactions to Glenn’s death in The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere. So why did Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman decide to kill him off? Comic fans will quickly remind you his death actually occurred 5 years ago in the notorious Issue #100, but even still the show oftentimes deviates from the source material (see: Carol, Morgan, Andrea, etc). Kirkman recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to reveal his decision to kill Glenn and how it impacts the show going forward.

“It’s just that there’s a lot of material that comes from Glenn’s death in the comics,” says Kirkman. “And while we do try to change things up to keep things interesting for the audience, and for me, this is one that there’s so much that comes from Rick, there’s so much with Negan, because that character is someone that he killed, and definitely Maggie is someone that kind of gets put on the trajectory that affects a great number of stories and a great number of characters moving forward. So it was kind of essential that that part of the scene at least remained intact, unfortunately.”

He’s not kidding, here’s how the death looked in the show compared to the comics:


Kirkman also discusses alternative options and killing off his first character in the comic AFTER he had been cast. Head over to Entertainment Weekly for the rest of the interview and tell us if YOU think Glenn’s death was justified in the comments: