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The Walking Dead’s greatest character death scene that ended up not being one, the day Nicholas said ‘Thank You’ to Glenn Rhee.

Breathing slows to a crawl, the mind wants to act but the body won’t obey as death is fingertips away. Picture The Walking Dead’s Nicholas on top of a garbage dumpster, frozen in place. One wrong step and agony is promised from every corner. Walker arms outstretched, reaching for their dinner like a juicy steak being teased in front of a lion. Nicholas realizes his present company has no answer for his fate, no exit door, no rabbit to pull out of a hat. Glenn attempts to reason with him amidst the chaos but it might is well be white noise. The nihilistic, rapid decay of Nicholas’ mind is in full swing.

An ‘impulsive’ decision has already been pre-made, Glenn just doesn’t know it yet. Still hopeful, Glenn pleads with Nicholas to “Look at me!” but the days of bravado are over. All that stares back are lifeless eyes that have seen their destiny. The journey has come to its final stop as Nicholas is in acceptance of his imminent departure. No end to stay the whole movie, he’s leaving this theater on his own.

He politely whispers “Thank You” to the last person he’ll ever see, then shoots himself point blank. All the while, Glenn is powerless to save Nicholas from himself despite being inches away. A crimson mask of misery paints Glenn’s face, stunning him. Before Glenn can fully process and react to what has happened, a forsaken Nicholas falls directly into him. The two take a spill off the dumpster into the abyss. In that moment, it appears Glenn is about to meet his maker as a ravenous horde tears every limb and organ.

“Thank You” in Retrospective

The scene was some of the best camera work ever done on a Walking Dead episode, as you watch the dead feast from Glenn’s own viewpoint. Michael Slovis [Breaking Bad] directed the chapter with now-showrunner Angela Kang [Terriers] penning the script. It wasn’t the first time the series has dealt with a character feeling the way Nicholas did, as Andrea experienced similar emotions in season 1 episode 6 [“TS-19”].

It is one of the rare times however, that a character went through with the it despite not having a walker bite. If you recall back in season 4’s premiere, Clara, a destitute woman Rick Grimes meets in the woods, stabs herself to be with her undead husband.

Despite viewers being familiar with the possibility of the dire concept on The Walking Dead… “Thank You” was jaw dropping all the same. The scene was exceptionally powerful, definitely above the call of duty of a regular television episode. From Nicholas’ ominous ‘Thank You,’ to pulling the trigger without warning, to the sudden realization for the viewer that a series original had ‘met their end.’ Although Tyreese’ final episode was brilliant with The Governor’s iconic return, this scene would top it in terms of shock value.

Glenn fans were traumatized from the event to such an extent, they seemingly appeared to will him back on the show through massive social media backlash. Of course, it’s probable Glenn surviving the dumpster horde was always planned. Or at least some kind of audience testing ground. As he was not featured during the ‘In Memoriam’ spot on Talking Dead falling the episode. This all lead to obvious, immediate speculation and theories that Glenn had survived under the dumpster.

The ‘Glenn pulls himself under the dumpster’ theory becomes reality

It was amusing to see photoshops of the theory circulate online, until the show actually went with this exact idea verbatim! Which inevitably damaged the scene’s overall credibility a fair bit. A good portion of fans now remember the scene more for Glenn’s escape rather than the spectacle and picturesque horror.

Nowadays, anytime a major character death is teased on The Walking Dead, you’ll find no end of YouTube one-liners and memes that start off, ‘He slipped under the dumpster!’

No cheating fate for Glenn Rhee

If it was indeed a testing ground for future character deaths, bringing Glenn back did not work out the way fans hoped. As Glenn would again be at the receiving end of a shocking moment in season 7’s premiere. Negan unexpectedly took him out as a second victim post-Abraham, seemingly out of nowhere! The show had been promoting just one person would be chosen by Negan for months after season 6’s cliffhanger.

It stayed true to the comic, as Negan’s Lucille picked Glenn there too. Although season 7’s character death for Glenn Rhee after Abraham was an instant jaw-dropping scene on its own… It’s still second to the perceived dumpster end for him. As TWD creator Robert Kirkman once mentioned, the bigger the character, the more grand and impactful the end scene.

Ironically, in terms of television twists and cinematography… The character end scene that never was, still reigns as what would have been the show’s greatest.

“Thank You” took place in The Walking Dead season 6, episode 3. Purchase “Thank You” digitally on Amazon to relive the whole sequence that led up to Nicholas and Glenn Rhee getting trapped in the first place.

Negan fans, be sure to check out the pros and cons of letting Sanctuary’s former head honcho out of his cell in Alexandria!

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How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz

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Carol Peletier fans, how well do you know Melissa McBride? Test your knowledge & see if you deserve any cookies or a trip over to some quaint flowers!

Question #1 Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC (* Photo has been slightly altered.)

What is Melissa McBride's middle name?

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
  1. Chloe

  2. Stacy

  3. Lucy

  4. Suzanne

Melissa has been credited by her full name 'Melissa Suzanne McBride' 7 times in her acting career.

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What was Melissa's first ever TV Series role?

  1. Dr. Rachel Woods on 'Walker, Texas Ranger'

  2. Darlene Kellogg on 'Matlock'

  3. Holly Gallagher on 'American Gothic'

  4. Carol Peletier on 'The Walking Dead'

Melissa's television series debut was on 'Matlock' as Darlene Kellogg. She appeared in Season 8, Episode 10 of the show, "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream" on December 2, 1993.

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What other industry jobs has Melissa had?

  1. Soundtrack Composer

  2. Stuntwoman

  3. Screenwriter

  4. Commercial Casting Director

Melissa McBride worked as a Commercial Casting Director from 2000 to 2010 in Atlanta, Fulton County Georgia... Until she was offered the role of Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead!

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Melissa played Nina, a film buff, who charms a lead character in what show?

  1. Dawson's Creek

  2. Profiler

  3. A Season in Purgatory

  4. Mutant Species

Melissa McBride played Nina on Dawson's Creek. Nina catches Dawson following a breakup, and her knowledge of Directors like Martin Scorsese sets Dawson's heart a flutter.

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Melissa McBride was voted as a nominee for 'Best Supporting Actress on Television' from 2014-2019 for The Walking Dead on what award show?

  1. Emmys

  2. Critics' Choice Television Awards

  3. Saturn Awards

  4. MTV Movie & TV Awards

Melissa McBride was a nominee for 'Best Supporting Actress on Television' from 2014-2019 at the annual Saturn Awards. The award show was originally created to honor Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and has since grown to include television & other genres.

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Where was Melissa McBride born?

  1. Lexington, Kentucky

  2. Hollywood, Florida

  3. Jasper, Alabama

  4. La Grange, Illinois

Melissa McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She officially embarked on a professional acting career in 1991 over in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.

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On what animated show was Carol Peletier featured with Melissa voicing the character?

  1. South Park

  2. Family Guy

  3. Robot Chicken

  4. American Dad!

Melissa McBride voice Carol Peletier on a 'Robot Chicken' special entitled "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking". She also voiced Andrea Harrison.

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Melissa played the character of Sally on what Lifetime television movie?

  1. Living Proof

  2. No Time Like Christmas

  3. If Someone Had Known

  4. Everything She Ever Wanted

Melissa played a supporting role alongside actress Amanda Bynes in 2008 Lifetime TV movie, 'Living Proof'.

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What other Lifetime TV movie did Melissa have a role on?

  1. Her Deadly Rival

  2. Pirates of Silicon Valley

  3. The Reconstruction of William Zero

  4. The Happys

Melissa McBride starred in Lifetime TV Movie 'Her Deadly Rival' in 1995 as Ellie. It's one of the few times Melissa is credited by her full name, 'Melissa Suzanne McBride'.

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Melissa was in a hair commercial, talking about her "perm" and "great curls" for what company?

  1. Nexxus

  2. John Paul Mitchell

  3. Redkin

  4. Pantene

The infamous commercial, mostly newly unearthed on YouTube by fans of The Walking Dead was promoting Nexxus Salon Hair Perms.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

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But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

Your knowledge is "very exciting".

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa McBride can be described as "very exciting!" but puts emphasis on certain questions more than others. So much so, Norman Reedus has left the video feed. Better luck next virtual panel!

Your knowledge is "very exciting".

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa McBride can be described as "very exciting!" but puts emphasis on certain questions more than others. So much so, Norman Reedus has left the video feed. Better luck next virtual panel!

Your knowledge is "very exciting".

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa McBride can be described as "very exciting!" but puts emphasis on certain questions more than others. So much so, Norman Reedus has left the video feed. Better luck next virtual panel!

Shhh... You know too much!

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Your knowledge of Melissa is simply astounding, enough to make her blush! Or maybe you were assisted by the classroom, educational tool known as Google. Put that iPhone away!

Shhh... You know too much!

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Your knowledge of Melissa is simply astounding, enough to make her blush! Or maybe you were assisted by the classroom, educational tool known as Google. Put that iPhone away!

Shhh... You know too much!

Carol Peletier - Silence Promo - Photo Credit: AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa is simply astounding, enough to make her blush! Or maybe you were assisted by the classroom, educational tool known as Google. Put that iPhone away!

Perfection.

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Consider yourself an honorary McBride. Rumor has it there's great cookies during the holidays!

Test your Carol Peletier knowledge with the Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz!

Be sure to read:

The Walking Dead Season 10B: Examining Carol’s Claustrophobia

Carol Peletier: A Mother’s Grief is Forever

Lost Affection: Carol Peletier’s past destroying her future (Poem)

Is Carol’s life better off post-apocalypse on The Walking Dead?

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s TWD coverage over at the Walking Dead articles category section! There are new quizzes already under development, stay tuned!

Buy The Walking Dead: The Complete Seasons (#1-9) Blu-ray on Amazon and relive the experience!

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Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz

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Walking Dead fans, do you have what it takes to be a Carollionaire? Test your Carol Peletier knowledge & see if you deserve any cookies!

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC (#1,2,4,5) and Scott Garfield/AMC (#3 Monochrome).

In what season does Carol have long hair for the first time?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. Season 7

  2. Season 8

  3. Season 9

  4. Season 10

Carol's hair grows long after the flash forward occurs (post-Rick Grimes disappearance) in Season 9, Episode 6 ("Who Are You Now?").

What song plays when Carol leaves Tobin?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Jason Douglas as Tobin - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. "Blackbird Song" by Lee DeWyze

  2. "It's All Over" by Johnny Cash

  3. "The Last Pale Light in the West" by Ben Nichols

  4. "Black" by Kari Kimmel

Johnny Cash's "It's All Over" plays as Carol packs her stuff and leaves a note behind to break up with Tobin.

In which episode is Carol's husband Ed attacked by walkers?

Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Ed Peletier (Adam Minarovich), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Jacqui (Jeryl Prescott) and Amy (Emma Bell) in Episode 3 of The Walking Dead Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Ed Peletier (Adam Minarovich), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Jacqui (Jeryl Prescott) and Amy (Emma Bell) in Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Scott Garfield/AMC
  1. "Vatos"

  2. "Wildfire"

  3. "Tell it to the Frogs"

  4. "Chupacabra"

Ed meets his end in the fourth episode of The Walking Dead. Hearing noise outside of his tent, Ed opens it angrily, demanding to be left alone... Only to meet a painful demise by Walkers.

Who does Carol refer to as the group's "unofficial first lady"?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. Herself

  2. Michonne

  3. Deanna Monroe

  4. Lori Grimes

Carol comments that Lori Grimes is the group's unofficial first lady in "Chupacabra" (Season 2, Episode 5). "You're Rick's wife. It sort of makes you our unofficial first lady."

When Carol says Sophia is "in a better place", who disagrees?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. Shane Walsh

  2. Merle Dixon

  3. Carl Grimes

  4. Hershel Greene

Surprisingly, Carl Grimes is the one to disregard Carol's feelings & even calls her an "idiot" for believing Sophia is in a better place. Carol would ask Rick and Lori to discipline Carl for being disrespectful.

Get it together.

You've brought shame upon your Carol family... Just look at the flowers.

Time for a binge watch.

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Break out the notepad and the fountain pen. Study break is over.

Solid but average never won trophies.

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Stop settling for participation awards, step your Carol knowledge game up!

True Carol Fan

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A loyal follower of the cult of Carol Peletier! One question evaded you from achieving total Carol enlightenment. Someday, you won't have to phone a friend (or use Google).

Congrats, you've just become a Carollionaire!

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Your knowledge of Carol is rich & profound! Melissa McBride would be proud. You deserve a whole batch of Cookies!

Be sure to read:

The Walking Dead Season 10B: Examining Carol’s Claustrophobia

Carol Peletier: A Mother’s Grief is Forever

Lost Affection: Carol Peletier’s past destroying her future (Poem)

Is Carol’s life better off post-apocalypse on The Walking Dead?

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s TWD coverage over at the Walking Dead articles category section! There are new quizzes already under development, stay tuned!

Buy The Walking Dead: The Complete Seasons (#1-9) Blu-ray on Amazon and relive the experience!

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Lydia, Negan steal show with shades of TLOU’s Ellie and Joel

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Cassady McClincy as Lydia, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
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Cassady McClincy gave her best acting performance to date on “The Tower” as she and Jeffrey Dean Morgan made a strong play for the roles of Ellie & Joel on HBO’s upcoming adaption of The Last of Us.

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 15 (“The Tower”) and The Last of Us.

Is it time for Negan to trade in his vintage leather jacket for an olive-green plaid shirt in-between seasons of The Walking Dead? Lydia’s chaotic outburst at the father figure who ironically made her an orphan tonight was magic. A frenzied tearjerker with the same intentionally unrefined edges that once made Rick Grimes’ breakdown ‘snot’ memorable. Vicious, raw screaming at the man who took away both Lydia’s mother and right to self-sacrifice at her hand. Cradled, sheltered, and snatched from fate. Just as Joel did to Ellie at the conclusion of The Last of Us.

The type of father/daughter on-screen chemistry Cassady McClincy and Jeffrey Dean Morgan share is a rare sight. Negan pleading with Lydia to hit him, desiring nothing more than to lean down to present an unguarded mug was one of the show’s more powerful visuals. What do you say to an abused teenager whose mother you just pushed past death row? Lydia, rejected the guilt-filled plea initially. Opting to pierce Negan where it hurts the most… With words of truth. ‘You just wanted to be a hero to them but you’ll never be one!’

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Cassady McClincy as Lydia – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 15 – Photo: Jace Downs/AMC

Though TWD’s audience has seen a youngster losing a parent before with Carl Grimes, it was to an extent, mostly bottled up by Carl postmortem. Here we see the full spectrum of emotions from detachment, disgust and unbridled rage to complete shock, vulnerability and sadness by Lydia. Rockbottom.

The last remnants of Lydia’s innocence, of her childhood, forever gone. No chance of making her mother or father’s heart be filled with pride ever again. Not even the faintest, unrealistic daydreams of her mother’s starry-eyed happy tears at a college graduation or wedding. Every day forward will be spent alone, even when others are there. Instead of being gently guided, Lydia is shoved into the mud of adulthood.

Tonight’s TWD just needed Gustavo Santaolalla’s “All Gone” (No Escape) to complete the moment…

Be sure to read Lydia’s mistreatment proves Second Chances are Fashion Statements and more TWD Season 10 coverage in The Natural Aristocrat’s Walking Dead category section.

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