|The Walking Dead character|
Glenn, as depicted in the comic book series.
|First appearance||Issue #2 (comics)
"Days Gone Bye" (voice only, TV series)
"Guts" (fully seen, TV series)
|Last appearance||Issue #100 (comics)
Issue #101 (Corpse) (comics)
|Created by||Robert Kirkman
|Portrayed by||Steven Yeun|
|Voiced by||Nick Herman (video game)|
|Occupation||Pizza delivery boy|
|Significant other(s)||Maggie Greene|
Glenn Rhee is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Steven Yeun in the AMC television series of the same name. He is also voiced by Nick Herman in the video game of the same name, by Telltale Games. In the comics, he was known simply as Glenn and was not given a last name. Glenn was Maggie's boyfriend-turned-husband, and takes the role of surrogate father to Sophia following the suicide of Carol, her biological mother. In the television series, he mentioned that his parents were Korean immigrants who lived in Michigan. He again becomes Maggie's boyfriend and later becomes engaged to her.
Comic book series
Resourceful and clever, Glenn made it out of Atlanta and came upon the group of survivors on the outer limits of the city. Due to his knack for scavenging, Glenn is often nominated to sneak into the city and find supplies. His use of MacGyver-like tactics to outsmart and kill zombies enabled him to successfully recover guns for Jim. Not long after Shane died, Glenn developed a nascent crush on Maggie, but his shyness initially prevented him from acting on his feelings.
Glenn settled into a prison-turned-refuge with Maggie, and helped the group find fuel and supplies. He was later imprisoned by the Governor, an encounter that left him with physical and mental scars; Glenn was beaten and forced to hear The Governor brutally rape Michonne in a neighboring cell. After his escape and return to the prison, Glenn grew to love Maggie and proposed to her with a ring stolen from a zombie's finger; Hershel married the couple shortly after. Soon after their marriage, Glenn and Maggie volunteered to join the group that traveled to the Army Center to prevent enemies from Woodbury from using its fuel for their vehicles. The group was attacked by Bruce and his friends. Glenn, distracted, allowed Andrea to snipe Bruce and Michonne to kill the rest of the attackers. He fiercely defended the prison from a front gate sniper tower. With the group divided on what to do next, Glenn decided to leave with Dale and Andrea in the R.V. at the last minute, saving Sophia and Maggie's lives (at this point, Sophia saw him as a surrogate father). He, Maggie, and Sophia stayed at Hershel's farm with Dale and Andrea.
When the group encountered survivors at the farm, Glenn did not like or trust Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa, or Eugene Potter. However, he agreed to accompany them to Washington for Eugene's mission rather than stay at the farm any longer. On the road, Maggie attempted to hang herself and Glenn fought with Abraham, who intended to shoot her. Glenn cut down Maggie and performed CPR, breaking down in tears, but soon flared into rage at Abraham when the group realized she was still alive. Glenn's focus shifted from scavenging to caring for his new family and supporting Maggie after the death of her entire family. With the rest of the group, he traveled to the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Glenn was suspicious of the Safe-Zone's community but adapted more rapidly than Rick. Glenn's useful skills and agility made him a suitable applicant to once again be a scavenger and a replacement for the wounded Scott. Glenn's new job made Maggie unhappy, due to the danger he would face and they argued which resulted in Glenn leaving the house for a bit.
Rick asked Glenn, due to his loyalty, to steal back their guns and weapons, which were taken by Douglas Monroe, when they first came to the Safety-zone. Glenn made a distraction for the Community's survivors while he looked for the location of the weapons for Rick. Rick and Glenn found the armory, and Glenn snuck in. Rick distributed the weapons amongst the members of their group.
Fearing another attack after the Saviors attempt to break into the community, Glenn convinces Maggie to leave the community with him and Sophia, and head toward the Hilltop Colony, which he believes to be a much safer place. As they were camped on the road after driving halfway to the Hilltop, they are ambushed by The Saviors. Because of the number of Saviors already killed by Rick and the group, Glenn is selected and viciously bludgeoned to death by the leader of the Saviors, Negan, while helplessly crying Maggie's name. Rick and everyone else are left with Glenn's mangled corpse as The Saviors drive away, with Rick swearing to avenge Glenn's death as soon as possible.
His death initially leaves the group shattered, with Maggie quickly descending into an emotional mess and Rick on the verge of yielding to Negan's power. Glenn's body is later driven by the group to the Hilltop, where it is to be buried in a matter of days. To honor Glenn's final wishes, Maggie chooses to remain at the Hilltop with Sophia and start a new life while awaiting their baby.
In the series premiere episode "Days Gone Bye", Glenn's voice is first heard using a radio to talk to Rick when Rick is hiding in a tank in the city of Atlanta. In the episode "Guts", Glenn uses the radio to rescue Rick from the horde of walkers surrounding the tank, and guides Rick to the location of his group, which consists of Andrea, T-Dog, Merle Dixon, Jacqui, and Morales, hiding in a department store. The noise made by Rick as he and Glenn flee the horde draws the walkers to the store and the group finds themselves trapped inside. As the walkers try to break through the plate glass doors of the store, Rick decides to try to reach a box truck at a nearby construction site. To reach the truck, he and Glenn cover themselves in the blood and viscera of a dispatched walker, allowing them to successfully pass among the walkers, until a brief rainstorm washes off enough of the blood scent that they begin to draw attention. They make a break for the construction site, and Rick is able to reach the box truck. Glenn drives a Dodge Challenger, its alarm blaring, to draw the attention of the walkers away from the store, while Rick drives the box truck to one of the store's cargo doors. The entire group (other than Merle, who is trapped on the roof of the store) is able to escape the city in the box truck, apart from Glenn, who drives away in the Challenger. Glenn races down the highway in his new Challenger and heads back to his group with Rick and his new group following behind in the box truck. In the episode "Tell It to the Frogs", they meet up with the rest of the survivors at the Atlanta campsite, where Glenn helps distribute supplies and assist others when needed. He later goes with Rick, Daryl, and T-Dog to find Merle in the city and help Rick regain the guns previously dropped near the tank. In the episode "Vatos", Glenn ends up getting kidnapped by a nursing home crew posing as gang bangers, who try to exchange him for weaponry. Glenn is released, but his group then finds out that the truck which they used to drive to the city is missing, leaving them with no choice but to return to the campsite on foot. Glenn and the rest of his teammates return to the camp just in time to witness a herd of zombies invade and kill many of the survivors. In the episode "Wildfire", in the wake of the massacre, he assists in dealing with the corpses and insists that the group bury their people instead of burning them as they did the walkers they previously killed. Ultimately, he and the rest of the group leave the campsite and head to the CDC. In the episode "TS-19", for a brief time, they enjoy the luxuries the CDC offers. They are on the road again, however, following the self-destruction of the CDC building.
In the season premiere "What Lies Ahead", Glenn continues to be a valuable asset to the group, helping to repair the RV and scavenging items from abandoned cars on the highway. In the episode "Bloodletting", Glenn, Lori, Carol, Daryl, and Andrea continue to search near the highway for Carol's daughter Sophia. In the episode "Save the Last One", Glenn and T-Dog arrive at Hershel Greene's farm, where Carl is recovering from a gunshot wound. He sparks up a friendship with Hershel's daughter Maggie when she catches him praying for Carl. In the episode "Cherokee Rose, Glenn agrees to act as live bait to draw a trapped walker out of a well, but this goes badly and he almost falls into the well. Glenn and Maggie later decide to go into town to get supplies from a pharmacy, when Lori discreetly asks him to get her a pregnancy test as well. When Maggie asks him what he's looking for, he tries to make an excuse and accidentally grabs a box of condoms. Maggie then seduces and they have sex. In the episode "Chupacabra", Glenn learns that Lori is pregnant, and she begs him not to tell Rick. Maggie expresses to Glenn that their fling was a one-time thing, but Glenn tries to convince her that their romance should continue. Later at dinner, Maggie slips Glenn a note under the table asking him where they can have another sexual encounter; Glenn writes an answer and returns the note. After the meal ends Maggie opens the note with Glenn's response saying that he will meet her in the barn outside. A horrified Maggie hurries outside and runs toward the barn, but she is unable to prevent Glenn from discovering that the locked building is full of walkers. In the episode "Secrets", Maggie begs Glenn not to tell the others about the barn, but he soon reveals this secret and Lori's pregnancy to Dale. Maggie feels frustrated and betrayed by Glenn when he does not keep his promise that he will not reveal that zombies are in the barn. She forgives him soon afterwards however, and they start to engage in a relationship. In the mid-season finale "Pretty Much Dead Already", Glenn tells the rest of the group about the barn, and Shane eventually breaks the barn open, leading Glenn and the other survivors to kill all of the walkers as they file out of the barn, including a now-zombified Sophia.
In the mid-season premiere "Nebraska", Hershel disappears after the incident at the barn. Before Glenn and Rick leave for town to find Maggie's father, Maggie tells Glenn she loves him. Glenn leaves before saying it back. They find Hershel in a bar, but two men from another group, Dave and Tony, find them. An argument leads to a violent confrontation, and Rick kills the two men. In the episode "Triggerfinger", more armed men from Dave and Tony's group come looking for them, and they get into a shootout with Glenn, Rick, and Hershel. Glenn is wracked with embarrassment and guilt after freezing during the shootout with outsiders. They capture one of the attackers, named Randall. Glenn blames his inaction in town on his deep love for Maggie, and apparently breaks up with her when they get back to the farm. In the episode "Judge, Jury, Executioner", Hershel gives Glenn a family heirloom, representing his approval of Glenn's relationship with Maggie. In the episode "Better Angels", when Randall apparently escapes, Rick, Shane, Daryl, and Glenn go on a manhunt for the fugitive; Shane leads Rick one direction while Daryl and Glenn comb another part of the woods. Glenn and Daryl find and kill Randall who has inexplicably reanimated from the dead as a walker despite no signs of a bite wound. In the season finale "Beside the Dying Fire", when the farm is overrun by walkers, Glenn plays a big part in its defense. During the chaos, he convinces Maggie to abandon the farmyard for the meantime so as to avoid any further danger. He later assures her that her family is safe, and seeing the right opportunity, confesses his love for her. The two eventually reunite with the other survivors at the highway. After discovering that Rick kept secret the fact that they are all infected, Glenn is among the survivors who grow wary of Rick. He and Maggie contemplate leaving camp and abandoning Rick's leadership. They, however, dismiss such thoughts after Rick taunts the group with the option of leaving on their own.
In the season premiere "Seed", six to seven months after leaving the farm, Glenn has become increasingly proficient at fighting zombies. He and Maggie continue to have a strong relationship. The group finds a prison and decides to make it their new home. While clearing out part of the prison, Glenn and Maggie get separated from Hershel and Herhsel gets bitten by a walker, forcing Rick to cut Herhsel's leg off below the knee to prevent the infection from spreading. In the episode "Sick", Glenn escorts Carol to the prison yard so that she can practice a C-section in preparation for Lori's delivery. In the episode "Killer Within", when Andrew lets walkers into the prison yard to attack the survivors, Glenn helps kill the walkers and stabilize the prison, but not before T-Dog and Lori are killed. In the episode "Say the Word", Glenn finds Rick losing control and pleads for him to stop, but Rick nearly assaults Glenn. In the episode "Hounded", while out on a supply run, Glenn and Maggie are ambushed and captured by Merle and brought to Woodbury for interrogation. In the episode "When the Dead Come Knocking", Merle brutally beats Glenn while trying to find the whereabouts of their camp. Despite this, as well as being forced to fight a walker while strapped to a chair and having the Governor threaten to shoot Maggie, Glenn remains unbroken. But when the Governor threatens to shoot Glenn, Maggie tells her about the prison and their group. In the mid-season finale "Made to Suffer", when Glenn and Maggie attempt to escape, the Governor orders Merle to execute them; they fight back and Merle's group is overwhelmed by Rick's group. Rick, Glenn, and Maggie escape over the wall, and meet up with Michonne.
In the mid-season premiere "The Suicide King", while Glenn remains behind, Rick and Maggie set off smoke grenades, killing several Woodbury residents and rescuing Merle and Daryl in the process. Glenn shows great frustration (at one point bludgeoning a walker pulled from a nearby vehicle) when he finds out that not only is Merle going with them, but Rick had not taken the opportunity to kill the Governor as well (still believing that he raped Maggie when they were held captive). They return to the prison without Merle and Daryl, but Glenn's relationship with Maggie begins to fall apart, despite her claims that the Governor threatened to cut off his hand if she refused to bow down to him. Rick has a breakdown while meeting Tyreese's group, and Glenn escorts them out of the room when Rick starts yelling. In the episode "Home", with Rick losing control of himself, Glenn decides to impose himself as leader of the group, thinking about killing the Governor when he will not be expecting it. As he leaves on a scouting mission, he misses an attack made on the prison by the Governor, which results in Axel's death and the destruction of the main security gates. In the episode "I Ain't a Judas", when Rick argues with Hershel about leaving the prison, Glenn agrees with Rick that they should stay and fight. In the episode "Arrow on the Doorpost", Merle wants to kill the Governor during his meeting with Rick, but Glenn gets into a brawl with Merle to keep him from leaving the prison. Glenn begins to let go of some of his anger, and his relationship with Maggie improves. In the episode "This Sorrowful Life", Glenn asks Hershel for his permission to marry Maggie, and Hershel gives Glenn his blessing. Glenn then asks Maggie to marry him, and she says yes. In the season finale "Welcome to the Tombs", the Governor launches his assault on the prison, but the group is prepared. Glenn and Maggie fight back while wearing riot gear. Later, when Rick returns with the survivors from Woodbury, and Glenn opens the prison gates for them.
In the season premiere "30 Days Without an Accident", Glenn and Maggie get a pregnancy scare and decides to go out on a run in her place. When he gets back to the prison, Maggie tells him she is not pregnant. In the episode "Infected", Glenn is seen shouting about walkers being in a cell block during an attack. He later meets with the rest of the prison council about what to do about a possible deadly viral outbreak, and they begin quarantining the sick. In the episode "Isolation", Glenn falls ill and is quarantined with the other sick prisoners. In the episode "Internment", despite their illness, Glenn and Sasha help Hershel treat the other survivors with the virus. Glenn falls unconscious and recovers after Hershel saves him. Bob returns from a supply run with antibiotics and administers them to Glenn. In the mid-season finale "Too Far Gone", when the Governor arrives and attacks the prison, Glenn is rescued by Maggie and gets separated from her once the bus leaves.
In the mid-season premiere "Inmates", after the prison attack, Glenn wakes up and finds himself trapped in the prison after leaving the escape bus. He heads to his room and finds the photo he took of Maggie. He grabs his riot gear, assault rifle, and an alcohol bottle from a survivor and heads out. Along the way, he encounters Tara, a survivor of the attacking army. She explains that she was the reason behind this and has no need for living as she watched her sister and niece die. She also tells him about the death of Hershel, which leaves Glenn saddened. Glenn convinces her that they need each other to get out alive. Glenn throws the bottle at a nearby car to distract the zombies and he and Tara escape. Along the road, Tara mentions that The Governor told her that the prison group were bad people and she didn't believe him for one second. She then apologizes for everything. They both get attacked by walkers and Glenn passes out. As Tara kills the last zombie, a military truck pulls up and three people climb out: Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter, and Rosita Espinosa. In the episode "Claimed", Abraham convinces Tara to accompany them on their trek to Washington D.C. so Eugene can hopefully stop the virus and save the world, and they put an unconscious Glenn in the back of the truck. When Glenn wakes up, he bashes the back window until Abraham stops and gets out. Glenn insists on searching for Maggie, but when Abraham insists that Maggie is dead the two men brawl. The commotion draws walkers, and when Eugene tries to shoot them he accidentally cripples their vehicle. Glenn takes this as a sign that he should find Maggie and Tara decides to go with them, then Rosita follows and Eugene tells Abraham that they should go along until they can find a new vehicle. In the episode "Alone", Glenn discovers a sign leading to Terminus. In the episode "Us", the group begins to see signs from Maggie that they should go to Terminus and when the group comes to a tunnel, Abraham can't bring himself to risk Eugene's life and they part ways, leaving Glenn and Tara to go through the tunnel alone. They come across the dead wandering around an area in the tunnel that has collapsed and while sneaking around them, Tara falls down the debris and is trapped. Glenn refuses to leave her and begins beating off the zombies, when they are rescued by Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Eugene, Abraham and Rosita. Reunited with Maggie, they all decide to continue to Terminus where they meet with the refugees. In the season finale "A", it is revealed that they have been imprisoned in a railroad car when Rick and his group are also imprisoned in the same car.
Glenn's appearance in the first episode of The Walking Dead video game is his first chronological appearance in the franchise. The character is voiced by Nick Herman. Lee Everett (the player character) works with Glenn in "A New Day", revealing that they are both from Macon, Georgia. Glenn volunteers to go out and scavenge for the survivors hiding out in Lee's family's pharmacy, but is pinned down by walkers at a local motel while trying to rescue a trapped girl, and the player must go out to save him. The girl, who has been infected, ends up killing herself. Glenn decides to leave the group at the end of the episode and return to Atlanta to find his friends, tying into his comic and television appearances.
It has been confirmed by Glen Mazzara that Glenn's last name is Rhee, but it has never been mentioned on-screen in the TV Series. Glenn's last name is also listed on his page on AMC's official The Walking Dead site.
- The Walking Dead #4 (January 2004)
- The Walking Dead #29 (June 2006)
- The Walking Dead #45 (December 2007)
- The Walking Dead #56 (December 2008)
- The Walking Dead #72 (May 19 2010)
- The Walking Dead #100 (July 11 2010)
- "What Lies Ahead"
- "Beside the Dying Fire"
- "Meet the Survivors: Glenn and Hershel". Telltale Games. Telltale, Incorporated. 6 April 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Nick Herman Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "The Walking Dead: Glenn Rhee". AMC. AMC Networks. Retrieved 3 January 2014.