"The Walking Dead" season seven premiere shocked fans with the very gory and graphic deaths of two favorite characters, Abraham and Glenn played by Michael Cudlitz and Steven Yeun respectively. Despite the high ratings of the premiere, fans of the show reacted with shock, grief, and horror. Many took to social media to express their angst. 

The two stars share their opinions on the premiere

Michael Cudlitz discussed the death of his character Abraham on the post-episode talk show "Talking Dead." He said, "Look, for anyone who follows the graphic novel, he's on borrowed time." He pointed out that his character died in the comics prior to this point in the series when the character is ambushed by Negan's henchmen The Saviors. He would go on to say, "I know (creator Robert Kirkman) always said he was not happy with how he took out Abraham in the graphic novel, so I was curious to see where we go from here." 

Steven Yeun also reflected on Glenn's demise during the same episode. He pointed out, "Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert (Kirkman) wrote such a messed-up, but at the same time incredible, way to take something away - to make a story impactful as it is." He would go on to reflect on the good times over his run with the show.

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Later, Steven Yeun decided to say goodbye to fans in a more heartfelt way. He posted a video where he said thank you to all of Glenn's fans. The video was upbeat and very personal. "To everyone who has watched us," he said. "...to everyone who has supported us. To everyone who had faith in what we were building and creating this entire time, thank you so much." 

While both Yeun and Cudlitz expressed understanding of their respective characters' demise, many fans have stated that they will no longer be watching the show.

The gore was not the reason, but instead it was the fact that Glenn and Abraham were killed off. Others expressed outrage that Darryl's character seemed responsible for the murder of Glenn when he tried to assault Negan in retaliation for killing Abraham. 

Producers have promised that the next episode will be tamer. It will introduce a new set of characters who are known to fans of the graphic novels as members of The Kingdom. They promise this season will follow the comic book series more closely.

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