The Walking Dead Showrunner Scott Gimple Talks Glenn Backlash, Teases 2016
Speaking with THR, Scott Gimple has addressed the fallout from the delay in clearing up Glenn's fate, while also teasing the continuation of the story in 2016.
"I wasn't entirely surprised," Gimple said, in response to the dumpster scene. "It was exciting to see the audience so keyed into it that it really became a big thing to people. The responses I got direct from fans seemed to be all very positive. But from a journalistic aspect, there was a disconnect..."
Gimple doesn't believe the show's credibility has been jeopardized, responding to quite forward questions from THR. "Glenn had the bad luck of being knocked off that dumpster by Nicholas... but Glenn had the good luck of Nicholas landing on him. There's a lot of very specific facts about it that I think a lot of people have sort of gotten wrong."
He believes that none of it broke the rules of the show, saying it is in line with everything they've done.
For the second half of the season, Gimple teases "a very different show... it's a totally different type of storytelling, in my opinion, that we do."
It sounds like next year will be a heavily plot-focused narrative, which will be a breath of fresh air. It's certainly been a character driven drama for some time now, so some narrative infusion and an over-arching plot for the remaining 8 episodes is promising. Meanwhile, the kick-off episode promises to be heartbreaking and gut-wrenching.