‘The Walking Dead’: Has The Intro Of Negan’s Group Already Been Ruined? [Spoilers]

The Walking Dead had its mid-season finale last Sunday and the ratings for the show spiked. However, according to Variety, the ratings were still a little lower than they were for last year’s mid-season finale. There were about 14 million viewers and an average rating of 7.0 from viewers in the 18-49 demographic. Last year, there were 14.8 million viewers; although, the slight drop this year could have been due to the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos NFL game that aired on Sunday night.

The Walking Dead episode had a number of moments that seemed a little out of place. What Culture outlines a few of these moments, including Carol’s fall (from such a seasoned bada** woman?), Maggie’s miraculous climb, and Ron’s last-minute meltdown. Still, the show went out with a bang. Pulling out Rick’s old trick of rubbing zombie guts all over them will once again save the day; well, maybe, if creepy Sam doesn’t mess it all up and it’s pretty obvious he will.

After the holiday break, the second half of the sixth season of The Walking Dead will get underway with the introduction of Negan and his group. Negan is not due to be in the show until the season finale, but there will be a lead up to his introduction (it has already begun).

However, according to Paul Tassi writing for Forbes, The Walking Dead has already totally messed up the introduction of Negan and his group of Saviors. Tassi puts it very bluntly.

“I’m thoroughly disappointed with how The Walking Dead has handled the run-up to Negan so far. It’s been an incredibly awkward introduction, and much more poorly handled than we’ve seen with past threatening crews.”

Points Tassi brings up are how the Wolves had a better introduction and how the introduction of Negan’s group was not obvious and had to be inferred by the audience. Then there was also the prologue scene that was hidden away after the credits.

Tassi has some great points about this scene.

“I could go off about the logistics of the scene as well, how Daryl, Sasha and Abraham probably could have easily plowed through that clearly threatening group of bikers with a truck, not to mention they have ridiculously excellent long-range assault capabilities between a sniper rifle and a d*** RPG at their disposal. But I’m more upset about the scene’s placement than anything else.”

Despite how Negan’s introduction is being handled, according to Vulture, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is excited about playing the role of Negan. Morgan spoke of how he was given the part.

“When my agent/manager called they said, ‘You’ve been offered this thing on The Walking Dead… it’s to play this big bad.’ They didn’t know the character’s name, because I think it was supposed to be a secret. And I’m like, ‘Is it f***ing Negan?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t know, we’re going to have to call you back in a second.’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s f***ing Negan. And I’m f***ing doing it.'”

Clearly he knew what was coming, even if his agent didn’t. What a fan of The Walking Dead. He is getting into character already.

Part of his excitement for playing Negan is that Negan is truly complex and will be a challenging character to play.

“I think the challenge for me in this role is going to be, is there any heart in Negan? For me I look at that as a challenge as an actor, and that’s the kind of thing that I embrace and really look forward to. I am super excited about it.”

Fans can’t wait to see it all unfold on the second half of The Walking Dead Season 6.

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