Steven Yeun had a hard time after leaving The Walking Dead in 2016. He said in interviews after his character Glenn was killed off that he didn't think Glenn ever "got his fair due" and that the Walking Dead world never quite knew what to do with the delivery guy-turned-hardened survivor. Now, a couple of years on, he's more at peace with how his time on the show ended, but he has no intention to go back.
"In hindsight, it was just a natural end," Yeun told Indiewire about Glenn's gruesome death at the business end of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) baseball bat in the Season 7 premiere, which was taken directly from the comics. "Everyone felt it. I wasn't pining to be off the show. It was just the story, and you service the story. Also, there's something very beautiful about the end, turning the page and closing the book."
He said that afterward, he had a bit of an "existential crisis" thinking about how major decisions in his life could be made by other people. As a result, he's become very choosy with his post-Walking Dead roles, since that's something he can control.
And one of those choices is no more Glenn. "Sometimes people pitch to me, 'Dude, wouldn't it be so cool if you did a Glenn origin movie?'" Yeun said. "And I'm like, 'No, that'd be horrible.' That was so long ago. I was another person. I don't think I could go back there. That person was inherently trapped in whatever people thought he was. I fed into it and I believed in it, too — until I got out."
The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9/8c on AMC.