The Walking Dead’ Just Gave Glenn Fans Hope With One Word

Hub Telegram: Major spoilers for tonight’s “The Walking Dead” episode “Always Accountable” past this point.

“Help.”

That’s exactly the word fans of Steven Yeun’s Glenn have been saying over and over for the past few weeks since his seeming demise at the hands (and mouths) of thousands of hungry undead — followed by multiple theories that posited things might not be as grim as we thought they were.

Is Schrodinger’s Glenn alive? Or is he deceased? It’s something the show itself has been teasing and playing with, first giving an ambiguous statement about his possible return immediately after the episode aired; then removing Yeun from the credits. Even Executive Producer David Alpertboth confirmed and denied his return to MTV News, stating that, “that good guy Glenn, regardless of what has happened to Glenn, is gone.”

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Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/

See how he parsed his words there? Not, “Glenn is gone,” but Glenn the good guy, the angel on Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) shoulder is gone.

All this conversation — and the lack of answers regarding his fate, including when his girlfriend/wife Maggie (Lauren Cohan) went to rescue him only to decide not to know any definitive answers as an actual plot point/character beat — has left fans split down the middle.

Every clue, every “leaked” set photo, every piece of evidence can be read a million ways… And on tonight’s episode, the latest clue was no different.

All episode long, Daryl (Norman Reedus) had been trying to contact Rick on his walkie-talkie, but with no luck. At the end of the episode, as he drove off into the distance, he tried one more time.

“Rick, copy?” Daryl said, only to be greeted by silence. “Anybody?”

That’s when he heard a voice, something barely making it through the static.

“Say it again?” Daryl said to the voice, and then clear as a bell, as the episode cut to black, we heard that one word:

“Help.”

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