The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun Explores why Glenn's Never Killed a Human
He's come remarkably close to death many times, both at the hands of walkers and also at the hands of humans, but Glenn has famously never taken a human life in six seasons of The Walking Dead.
During an interview with EW, Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, considered by his character has never crossed that particular line, based on Glenn's desire to create a safe and civil environment for the child he and Maggie are bringing into the world.
"And part of that is echoing from the last season, the idea that sometimes we can be out there too long and that we can completely lose ourselves. And to that extent as well, there's the fact that Glenn had not killed another human being as of yet, and it's not from a place of Glenn saying, "I can never do that," but it's more along the lines of Glenn has not faced a situation where he's been forced to.
"And if he isn't forced to, he chooses not to, because I think for him, he's trying to preserve a part of himself to say that anything that I do, I want to be able to look my kid in the eye and say, "Hey, I lived this way, and I'm still here. So you can live this way, and you can still be here as well."
This response doesn't quite delve into the real psyche of Glenn, who only learns of the child this season. For five seasons, he's acted very much the same way. So it's ultimately a question of 'Why didn't he kill humans before then", a question that he didn't answer. But at least we can speculate.
The Waling Dead returns Feb 14.