Spoilers for The Walking Dead's Season 7 premiere past this point.
Talking Dead felt like a group therapy session Sunday night. Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) two victims — Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) — finally got to talk about what had happened after six months of secrecy on The Walking Dead's live post-premiere discussion show.
Everyone from Negan's lineup (minus Chandler Riggs) were in attendance at the Hollywood Forever cemetery for a 90-minute edition of Talking Dead — the now "deceased" Michael Cudlitz and Steven Yeun, along with Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, the widowed Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, Sonequa Martin-Green and Josh McDermitt — as well as Negan himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple. An uncharacteristically somber Chris Hardwick presided over the funeral.
"Tonight we lost part of our family," Hardwick said.
The whole affair was pretty over-the-top with emotion. There were in memoriam video packages for Glenn and Abraham, as well as tears and reminiscences about Yeun and Cudlitz's time on the show. Kirkman shared a photo of Lincoln and Yeun meeting for the first time back when they were shooting the pilot. It was even raining, like the weather in Los Angeles was mourning.
Yeun was grateful that the period of secrecy was finally over. "It was fun to lie to people, but after awhile you just can't lie anymore, so I just stopped talking to people," he said.
A tearful Cohan said that Glenn's last words — "I will find you" — were meant to illustrate that Maggie and Glenn are "star-crossed lovers." "Time and place doesn't erase that. [It means] I'll find you; I'll be with you; I'll watch over you and the baby; I'll be there," she said.
"Glenn died in a very Glenn way," Yeun said. "Still not thinking about himself. It's appropriate that he ends there and also appropriate that he puts those last words out as a final look out for each other."
Reedus said that Daryl feels guilty about throwing the punch that resulted in Glenn getting killed, and that sense of responsibility will weigh on him going forward.
Hardwick asked Cudlitz if he was satisfied with Abraham's last words — "suck my nuts" — to which Cudlitz replied "Hey, come on, that's always satisfying, right?"
Talking Dead closed with a sneak peek of Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) in the new location the Kingdom... But chances are, fans will be discussing the dual deaths long past the second episode's broadcast.