Spoilers for The Walking Dead season 11, episode 17 below!
The Walking Dead season 11C callback to Glenn Rhee was Norman Reedus’ idea. Originally based on the Robert Kirkman long-running comic book series of the same name, the horror-drama debuted October 2010 and centered a small group of survivors shortly after the onset of a global zombie apocalypse. Throughout out the course of its 12 years and 11 seasons, The Walking Dead featured an expansive revolving cast as each season routinely killed off beloved characters. One such character was the fan-favorite Glenn, played by Minari‘s Steven Yeun. A season 1 survivor who fell in love and married Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), he unfortunately did not live to see the birth of his son due to his brutal death at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the ruthless leader of the Saviors.
The Walking Dead season 11 found Maggie lead a team consisting of Daryl, Gabriel, Alden, and Negan on a mission to return to an old community in search for food. They encounter a group known as the Reapers, a violent militia with Daryl’s former love interest, Leah, as a high-ranking member of the group. Following a series of encounters leaving the Reapers destroyed and Leah out for revenge, Daryl is forced to kill Leah to save Maggie from certain death. While on the run from the Commonwealth’s troops in episode 17, Maggie apologizes to Daryl for putting herself in the position to force him to kill Leah. Daryl then tells Maggie, “Glenn would have wanted me to look after you. You don’t ever have to say sorry. Not to me.“
During the latest episode of Talking Dead (via ComicBook.com), The Walking Dead season 11, episode 17 director, Greg Nicotero, revealed that it was Reedus who had the idea to bring up Glenn. Reedus further explained that he felt that having Maggie and Daryl briefly discuss Glenn was needed at that moment in the story as they had yet to really talk about his death since The Walking Dead season 7. Read what the actor said below:
“[Maggie had] just gone rogue, shot my ‘girlfriend’ sort of, and now these people are after us. But that scene got altered a little bit. I brought it up, ‘We haven’t spoken about it. We should say something.’ The Glenn thing was, I think, my idea.”
“[Maggie and Daryl are] so close to each other, and they don’t have to apologize or explain themselves. I just thought it was important to let her know, ‘I’ve got your back, you’ve got my back.'”
Will Maggie Forgive Negan?
Daryl is one of the few remaining characters that has survived The Walking Dead since season 1. Standoffish and quiet by nature, Daryl has proven to be compassionate, developing a strong relationship with both Maggie and Glenn over the years. His friend’s death affected him deeply, just as it had Maggie who had wanted nothing but revenge. Season 11’s brief moment between the two really shows that their bond has not wavered since and the memory of Glenn still holds strong.
Following the conclusion of The Walking Dead, Daryl and Maggie’s stories will continue in spinoff shows. Daryl will set off to Europe in a series titled Daryl Dixon, while Maggie and Negan will join forces as they enter the island of Manhattan in Dead City. Although Maggie and Negan have a tentative alliance, as Negan has seemingly settled down with his new wife and has sought forgiveness for the Glenn’s murder, it is unclear if Maggie will ever truly forgive the man who robbed her son of a father. As The Walking Dead concludes, but its franchise continues, audiences will have to wait to see if Maggie ever let’s go of her hatred for Negan, or gives into it.
Source: Talking Dead (via ComicBook.com)