(Daily Mail) – He starred on The Walking Dead since the very first episode.
And as many were left bewildered by his character’s untimely death on the season 7 premiere, Steven Yeun seemed to be at peace with the tragedy.
The 32-year-old actor appeared alongside his castmates on Talking Dead on Sunday night just minutes after his signature character Glenn Rhee was brutally ended by new baddie Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
As he is a fan of the graphic novel – and the character suffered the same fate in it – he thought killing Glenn off at that moment was perfect as he explained: ‘When you read that comic, you kind of don’t want that moment to go to anyone else.
It’s such an iconic moment and I think I even said “don’t give that to anybody else.”
‘It’s such a gnarly thing to say but sincerely living that out was very wild. But at the same time that moment happening and being realized on television in a different medium and to do it the way that we did it I think is brave and at the same time super affecting.
For me that was motivation to be like “Yeah that sounds great.”‘
He said there were difficulties knowing that his character was meeting his end as at first he was happy knowing something others didn’t but it just got hard lying to people.
Steven said that his character’s death was orchestrated perfectly as he said: ‘I think Glenn died in a very Glenn way.
‘That’s what my wife Jo said, “he died in a such Glenn way”, which is perfect. Still not thinking about himself. I think it’s appropriate that he ends there and it’s also appropriate that he puts those words out as a final “look out for each other.”
As his character was in a relationship with Maggie Greene – played by Lauren Cohan – no doubt the actress had a strong bond with Steven.
The 34-year-old British beauty pointed to the moment where she knew they had a connection as they filmed an intimate scene in a pharmacy for season two.
She said: ‘My best first set memory was probably when we improvised. We had like a little improved before the scene, it was one of the crazy scenes but not the pharmacy scene but it was also at the pharmacy and we improved and I knew he was my buddy.
‘He was my buddy from the beginning, Steven has this way of kind of being a good friend. I feel so corny but I’m just sorry.’
Glenn was not the only one in the cast that met their maker as Sgt. Abraham Ford – played by Michael Cudlitz – was also offed via merciless bat strikes to the head by Negan.
The 51-year-old actor said: ‘For anyone that follows the graphic novel, he was on borrowed time.’
Michael was definitely relaxed during the filming as he began the interview by taking a swig out of a flask and later smoked a cigar on stage.
Most of the cast members including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Guirira, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos and Ross Marquand were on the chat show along with creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple.
The event was held at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles and as it was outdoors, they fell into a bit of trouble as rain poured down during the televised portion.
The Walking Dead and Talking Dead continues next Sunday starting at 9PM on AMC.