Glenn Rhee, played by Steven Yeun, died brutally at Negan’s hands in the beginning of season seven of The Walking Dead. Currently, fans are gearing up for the 11th and final season of the long-running AMC series, so it’s been a while since the character passed on. During that time, Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, has become an important character in the series, on a path of redemption. But, is the widow of Glenn Rhee really likely to care? While other characters, like Carol, may be interacting with Negan, season 10 hinted at the tension between Negan and Glenn’s widow, Maggie, played by Lauren Cohan. Showrunner Angela Kang has promised that will come to a head in the final season, and the new trailer promises just that.
The full trailer clocks in at over three minutes long. It starts right off with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, suffering from some “bad memories”. Every character on The Walking Dead has plenty of those to go around. You can watch the trailer for season 11 of The Walking Dead below.
“The only way this works is if we trust each other,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan says in the trailer. “So what do you say?” The main trailer ends with Maggie pointing a gun and saying, “Keep pushing me, Negan. Please.” Then we see Eugene on the floor, breathing heavy, with a clip from a welcome video mentioning the Commonwealth, letting fans know that yes, the storyline there will continue as well, even if Maggie and Negan tension will be stealing the show.
All these seasons later, what are fans going to think of Lauren Cohan’s Maggie wanting to kill Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan? Audiences have grown to love Negan. The Walking Dead ended season ten with the episode Here’s Negan, where they got to see even more of his backstory. Is the vengeance for Glenn Rhee’s death still strong?
The writers can do what they want here with a final season for the series. If it makes Maggie unlikable to have her violently murder Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan, that isn’t a repercussion they’d have to deal with in a future season. Still, is that the way Maggie will really resolve things after all this time? Will it matter to her that Glenn probably would have let him live? Is it realistic to expect her to just live near Negan though? With the Maggie and Negan tension being a focus in this final season of a show as dark as The Walking Dead, it’s clear that anything could happen. And that the writers are definitely, finally, going there.
The obvious ending between the two characters may be to have Lauren Cohan’s Maggie decide to let Negan be, keeping the blood off her hands. Following that, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan could die a heroic death saving someone. That’s the classic arc, right? But again, this is The Walking Dead. So far in this series, the deaths do tend to lead to other events, even as often as they are. The death of Glenn Rhee had to happen so that Rick Grimes (and Maggie) would live with the aftereffects. A lot of the darkest moments in season seven came from that.
If it’s been a while since you’ve watched The Walking Dead, you’re not alone. A lot of people stopped watching around season seven. Chad Coleman, who played Tyrese on the show, stopped watching after Glenn’s death, and he wasn’t the only one. However, with the series ending, a lot of former fans may catch up and watch this final season, especially since it is dealing with ramifications from the point when so many in the audience decided to stop. Season 11 with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan finally facing off will premiere on AMC August 22, 2021, however fans can stream the first episode one week early if they subscribe to AMC+, putting the premiere date as August 15, 2021.