One word ignited The Walking Dead fandom last night when a simple "help" was heard over the walkie talkie as Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) raced back to Alexandria after an ambush. Could it be? Is it Glenn (Steven Yeun) signaling he has really survived and AMC can stop pretending like the character is dead? Nope.
"Not Glenn. The only thing I'll say is that it's not Glenn," Reedus told Yahoo TV.
Reedus told The Hollywood Reporter it was somebody from Alexandria.
Yeun's name has remained off the credits following his final appearance surrounded by walkers with guts all over him. But were they his guts? That is the question.
Here's what we know: producers and cast members have not said definitively that Glenn is dead. Showrunner Scott Gimple said the following after the last time we saw Glenn: "Dear fans of The Walking Dead. This is a hard story to tell, and when we were planning to tell it, we know our friends at The Walking Dead would be talking to you about it, and we knew we should say something about it, lest our silence say something we didn't mean to say or not say. So I'll say this: In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback, or in the current story, to help complete the story."
Here's what else we know: Yeun has been spotted filming alongside characters yet to be introduced. Could AMC be bringing the actor to set knowing fans are always watching? Possibly, but that seems a little more elaborate. The show has already removed his name from the opening credits to continue the ruse.
Did Glenn sneak under that dumpster? Quite possibly. Could Glenn's scent be masked by Nicholas' dead insides? Possibly.
"I saw what I saw [in the episode]! You can make theories this way or that way but what ever you see is right. So what ever your take on that is, you saw what you saw and you're reacting to what you saw," Reedus told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about theories regarding Glenn. "I had the same feeling that everyone else had when they saw it and I was in the episode — I was pissed! I was mad at AMC and mad at everybody—but that's the point. He's such a beloved character and I'm rooting for him, too. But I saw what I saw."
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.