If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead comics, you’ll know that the moving of Negan to the TV show is an event to be nervously excited about. And if you aren’t, then buckle up…
The series returns on February 14th (romantic, right?) and Executive Producer Robert Kirkman has been talking about Negan, who will be played here by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and what he and his barb-wire covered baseball bat, Lucille, will mean for Rick and the rest of the survivors: “Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that’s going to be dropped on the show and the show will probably never be the same after that. So buckle up, I guess?”
Negan, in the books is the leader of a group called the survivors, and he is a cruel, intelligent and brilliant leader with a major blood lust and, needless to say, he and Rick do not get on. At all.
“I think the Saviors are dangerously organized,” says Kirkman. “The Wolves were psychotic, the Hunters [the group from Terminus] had a lot of weaknesses. When it comes to the Saviors, and Negan in particular, the way I’ve always thought about this in the comics is this is a group that’s led by a guy who’s had his morality dial a few clicks away from Rick toward the darker aspects of his personality, but is still an intellectual and capable leader who’s kept his group alive against all odds just as long as Rick has. It’s really the best encountering the best. When these two forces come head to head, things are gonna get interesting. This is a much different group than they’ve ever encountered. The Saviors are a group they’re not really prepared for.”
While I’m first to admit I find The Walking Dead a bit of a chore from time to time, when it’s good it’s really good and the inclusion on Began has me, dare I say it, excited…
What about you all?