The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman recently opened up about the possibility of Negan making an appearance in the hit AMC series.
Once the Governor meets his maker in the comic books, Rick and the gang eventually square off against a character named Negan. This particularly unpleasant fellow fancies a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat he refers to as Lucile and has a tendency to drop a healthy dose of swear words whenever possible.
Following the events of The Walking Dead mid-season finale, many fans have wondered if showrunner Scott Gimple will turn his attention to Negan. Comic book mastermind Robert Kirkman recently discussed the character’s involvement with the television adaptation during a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly.
“There was a lot of breathing room in the comics between them. Whether or not we have the same amount of breathing room, or if we do cut that down a little bit and bring him into the show a little early remains to be seen. But I definitely do think there needs to be some kind of space from a Governor into a Negan. You have to have something of a break in there,” Kirkman recently explained.
If Gimple and the writers have any intention of bringing Negan into The Walking Dead television series, chances are he won’t show up in the final batch of episodes this season. In short: Don’t hold your breath.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be showing up — definitely not in Season 4. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect it too soon. But we are all very excited about the prospect of bringing that guy into the show. The plan is that we will see him eventually,” he added.
For the moment, the creative forces behind AMC’s hit program are using the mid-season break to collect their thoughts. Although fans are no doubt champing at the bit for the story to continue, producer Gale Anne Hurd recently said the team needed this little break before venturing into the season’s extremely intense final installments.
She explained to The Walker Stalkers:
“As a person involved in producing the show, it’s great to have this opportunity to catch our breath, especially in post-production, it’s a very demanding show for post-production and you can certainly fall behind. We have to deliver the show early because it’s translated into I think 31 different languages, because it airs across the globe within a week and in many cases within 24 or 48 hours of its premiere in the US.”
The Walking Dead triumphantly returns to AMC on February 9, 2014.