The Walking Dead: What We Know About Negan's Impending Debut
You ain't never had an enemy like Negan. The creepy leader of the Saviors is coming to The Walking Dead, and we're already trembling thanks to a bevy of details we have about the character. While we know a lot about who he is in the comics, we don't necessarily know how different he'll be on the show. We do, however, have the first footage of him, plus the first picture. Ahead of his appearance, let's review all the information we have about big, bad Negan. Warning: Spoilers follow!
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He is mentioned early on.
Negan's presence looms large over the group of survivors: though they haven't met him yet, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham first encounter his henchmen in "No Way Out." Members of the motorcycle gang take command of their arsenal, ominously saying, "Your property now belongs to Negan." As viewers know, Daryl promptly blows the gang to oblivion with an AK-47.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is playing him.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan — known for playing the Comedian in Watchmen as well as his TV roles on The Good Wife, Supernatural, and Grey's Anatomy — was cast as the villain last year.
He's a scary, scary badass.
In the comics, Negan is about as bad as villains get. His trademark? He carries a bat wrapped in barbed wire named Lucille, which he beats people to death with. If you're thinking maybe they'll dull the character down for TV, think again. "The character itself is going to be as close as humanly possible," Morgan told Entertainment Weekly.
He's going to be "the biggest ass in the world."
Morgan appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers in January and dropped some very, very small hints about Negan. He confirms that Negan is not a zombie (which we already knew), he's a "game changer," and Negan is "the biggest ass in the world."
His presence doesn't bode well for Glenn.
Poor Glenn very narrowly escapes death in the first half of season six, but does he survive just so he can get brutally murdered by Negan? In the comics, it's Negan who beats Glenn to death with Lucille. While we don't know whether this will happen on the show for sure, the cast recently said that the season six finale is horrifying. "[Hearing] the word 'finale' gives me a physical reaction because it's the hardest day on set that I've ever had in my life," said Lauren Cohan, who plays Glenn's love interest, Maggie. "I never even imagined that, as an actor, you could have that experience. It's one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had. Andy [Lincoln] talks about being late to work; I didn't want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel OK again after the finale, let's put it that way." There are also a ton of other reasons we think Glenn will die.