Steven Yeun opens up about ‘The Walking Dead’: ‘I didn’t think of it as racism … but there was a disparity’

“I might not be objective, but I truly feel like people didn’t know what to do with Glenn,” said actor Steven Yeun about “The Walking Dead,” which controversially killed off his character in last fall’s season premiere. “They liked him, they had no problems with him, and people enjoyed him. But they didn’t acknowledge the connection people had with the character until he was gone.” Read his entire interview at Vulture.

Yeun added about the treatment of his character, “I never felt like he got his fair due … I didn’t think of it as racism, where it’s like, ‘Oh, this is racist.’ I caught it in a way of ‘Oh, this is how we’re viewed all the time’ … I’d always hear people go, ‘I love Glenn, he’s my favorite character.’ But the merchandise would go one way. That really might be the market, so I’m not going to sit here and be like, ‘Why didn’t they make Glenn merchandise?’ But there was a disparity.” So in the end Yeun wasn’t surprised by the lingering backlash over his character’s death. He was one of the most relatable characters on the show, so if “you take that guy out of the equation and you do it in such a brutal fashion, there’s got to be some gut reaction to that.”

But life after “The Walking Dead” has been pretty good to Yeun so far. He can currently be seen in the Netflix original film “Okja” by director Bong Joon-ho, who actually wrote a part in the film specifically for Yeun. “First of all, to get an email from Director Bong, period, is awesome, and for him to say, ‘I wrote something for you’ is crazy! I was like, ‘Whatever it is, I’m in.'” And that’s not the only thing that has changed for him since “The Walking Dead.” He explained, “Last pilot season was really cool. I got offered a lot of lead roles, and that’s something that I never thought would happen in my life.”

Do you think Glenn got a fair shake on “The Walking Dead”? Are you looking forward to more of Yeun’s post-“Dead” career? Check out our gallery below of the most shocking “Walking Dead” deaths of all time.

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