Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" may have seen the return of The Governor (David Morrissey), but despite his new circle of friends (and love interest), there was a certain couple we missed: Glenn (Stephen Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who put most TV couples to shame.
No, really! Zombie apocalypse aside, "The Walking Dead's" golden couple boast not only the healthiest relationship in the series, but the healthiest relationship on television. Maggie and Glen communicate, they express themselves, and they allow themselves to be human. Most importantly, they are nothing like Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).
Sure, this may seem like a stretch, but there's proof! Here are five reasons why Glenn and Maggie have TV's healthiest relationship, and why even in our zombie-free world, we should aspire to such.
From their first hook-up in the drug store in season 2, Maggie and Glenn had honesty on lock -- or at least Maggie did. (See: Maggie initiating said hook-up by telling them that's what she wanted to do.) When Glenn accidentally gave her too much space, Maggie confronted him, breaking her silent treatment to ask for his hat -- so she could smash eggs over his head with it for making her feel awful. Then they began dating immediately! We didn't even have to wait a million episodes for the "will they or won't they?" tension to build!
From that moment in, Glenn and Maggie were communication central. They wanted a relationship, so they started a relationship. They loved each other, so they said so. Even during this season's pregnancy scare, Glen was forthright about being afraid, while Maggie reminded him not to be afraid to live and experience life. (Though she turned out not to be pregnant anyway.) Imagine this conversation happening in any other dramatic series. Imagine a "Mad Men" episode where Roger told Joan that he was really, really sorry for the years of mind games. Imagine Don Draper telling Megan... well, anything. See? It'd never happen.
And sure, Glenn spared Maggie the truth about how sick he was in episode 5 of this season (because, honestly, what could she do when he was in quarantine?), but once she rescued Hershel (Scott Wilson) from a zombie attack and saw Glenn collapsed in a heap on the floor, she helped save his life as good humans and partners do. Whether in terms of sickness or zombie attacks, Glenn and Maggie exemplify the importance of "having one another's back." (Unlike Rick and Lori in seasons 1 through 3, who never properly talked about Lori's affair with Shane.)
It's not a relationship of convenience
It may have started that way, but if Glenn and Maggie were really only hanging out for the purpose of human companionship, they never would have grown closer -- they'd hate each other, or at least have stopped "hanging out" a while ago. (And they'd also be with any number of the Woodbury arrivals now in prison with them.) And if you don't think that's a feat, just look at couples like Hannah and Adam of "Girls," who come back to each other because they're both self-destructive and afraid. Maggie and Glenn should be afraid, but instead they're growing together. Aw!
It's completely equal
Glenn and Maggie both kill zombies. Glenn and Maggie both divvy up responsibilities between each other accordingly. Maggie isn't holed up in her cell all day, waiting for Glenn's return like some kept widow-to-be, and Glenn isn't giving orders or even taking them. Both are equal, functioning humans with an incredibly balanced power dynamic. They're like "House of Cards" couple Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood -- only they genuinely love each other. They're like "Orange is the New Black's" Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Larry (Jason Biggs) -- only, again, they actually really love each other. They're like . . . well, you get it. See? They're perfect!
OK, there may be a few other TV couples who could rival Glen and Maggie. Leslie and Ben from "Parks and Recreation" are amazing, and Bob and Linda from "Bob's Burgers" are also incredibly sweet. What's your favourite TV couple? Sound off in the comments.