Why Glenn and Maggie Have the Healthiest Relationship on TV

Why Glenn and Maggie Have the Healthiest Relationship on TV

Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” may have seen the return of The Governor (David Morrissey), but despite his new circle of friends (and the object of his affections), we didn’t see a certain couple: Glenn (Stephen Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who put most TV couples to shame.

No, seriously! Zombie apocalypse aside, The Walking Dead’s golden couple not only has the healthiest relationship on the show, but the healthiest relationship on TV. Maggie and Glen communicate, express themselves, and allow themselves to be human. Most importantly, they’re nothing like Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).

Sure, it may seem far-fetched, but there’s proof! Here are five reasons why Glenn and Maggie have the healthiest relationship on TV, and why even in our zombie-free world, we should strive for it.

From their first meeting in the drugstore in Season 2, Maggie and Glenn have been honest on cue — or at least Maggie has. (See: Maggie initiated the meeting by telling them that’s what she wanted.) When Glenn accidentally gave her too much space, Maggie confronted him, breaking his silence and asking for his hat — so she could crack eggs on his head for making her feel awful. They immediately started dating after that! We didn’t even have to wait a million episodes to build up the will-they-or-won’t-they suspense!

From that point on, Glenn and Maggie were a central part of the communication. 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 honest about being scared, while Maggie reminded him not to be afraid to live and experience life. (Even though it turned out she wasn’t pregnant anyway.) Imagine this conversation taking place on any other drama series. Imagine an episode of Mad Men where Roger tells Joan he’s really, really sorry for the years of mind games. Imagine Don Draper telling Megan… well, whatever. See? That would 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 while he was in quarantine?), but when she saved Hershel (Scott Wilson) from a zombie attack and saw Glenn lying on the floor, she helped save his life, like good people and partners do. Whether it’s illness or zombie attacks, Glenn and Maggie are examples of how important it is to “have each other’s backs.” (Unlike Rick and Lori in Seasons 1-3, who never properly discussed Lori’s romance with Shane.)

This is not a relationship of convenience
It may have Started like that, but if Glenn and Maggie were really just hanging out for human companionship, they would never have gotten close — they would have hated each other, or at least stopped “hanging out” a while ago. (And they would have been with any number of Woodbury newcomers who are now in prison.) And if you don’t think that’s a coup, look at couples like Hannah and Adam from Girls, who get back together because they’re both self-destructive and afraid. Maggie and Glenn should fear, but instead they grow together. Ah!

It is completely equal
Glenn and Maggie kill zombies. Glenn and Maggie share the workload appropriately. Maggie doesn’t sit in a cell all day waiting for Glenn to come back like some kept widow, and Glenn doesn’t give or take orders. They’re both equal, functioning people with an incredibly balanced power dynamic. They’re like the “House of Cards” couple Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood—except they really love each other. They’re like Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Larry (Jason Biggs) from “Orange is the New Black”—except, again, they really love each other. They’re like… you know. See? They’re perfect!

OK, there may be a few other TV couples that could compete with Glen and Maggie. Leslie and Ben from “Parks and Recreation” are amazing, and Bob and Linda from “Bob’s Burgers” are also incredibly nice. Who is your favorite TV couple? Let me know in the comments.