When The Walking Dead Season 6 came to an end, the villain Negan swung his prized baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire at the head of one of the show’s beloved characters. That ended with a cliffhanger that still has fans angry, because no one will know who died until October, when the seventh season kicks off. In an interview with Uproxx, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said that he was surprised that people were not talking more about Negan himself.
The question that Kirkman was asked was whether he was taking into account the fans’ anger at cliffhangers like Negan and his “Lucille” scene, as well as leaving Glenn’s fate at the dumpster unanswered for so long. Kirkman seemed to understand the frustration, but he wanted Walking Dead fans to know that it will work out if they are patient.
“We’ve been at this for six years, and I’d hate for somebody who’s invested six years of a show to suddenly throw their hands up and go, ‘Well, that moment was not to my liking. I’m not going to watch this show anymore.’ That would be unfortunate, but it is going to happen. That’s fine. Everybody’s completely allowed to have their own opinion and make their own decisions.”
However, Kirkman also said that the controversy to leave The Walking Dead Season 6 at a cliffhanger ending where people wondered who Negan killed means they are not talking about what he finds to be the most interesting. Kirkman believes people really should also be talking about the performance that Jeffrey Dean Morgan gave as Negan before he swung Lucille at someone’s head.
“I think people are discounting the fact that Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Negan are in the show now, so you’re going to be seeing stuff like that pretty much every episode of season seven. Not necessarily cliffhangers. I don’t want to worry people, but Negan is going to be an ever-present, constant threat that is going to change everything moving forward. And maybe I’ve said things like that before, but I promise you, Negan is going to be different.”
In The Walking Dead comics, Negan was a very different kind of villain. The Governor was the first all-out villain on The Walking Dead, and fans were shocked when he lopped off the head of Herschel. While there have been villains since The Governor apparently died, no one has reached that level of evil in one person until Negan arrived.
Also, in The Walking Dead comics, Negan was worse than The Governor in many ways. Instead of just manipulating his people, as the Governor did, Negan is almost worshipped by his followers in the comics. In a spoiler from the books themselves, Negan was so strong and powerful that he never did die – even after his defeat. That means that, if The Walking Dead TV show follows the comics, Jeffrey Dean Morgan could be around for a long time, even after his threat has ended and the next big bad comes along (Alpha).
There was a lot that happened in The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, yet that final scene that cut to black without seeing who Negan killed has dominated all conversations. Cinema Blend reported that Norman Reedus has said that Season 7 is “100-percent” worth the wait and that it will blow everyone’s minds. That probably means that someone major is dying, even if that is Daryl or Glenn, and things will really heat up with Negan on the seventh season of The Walking Dead.
However, Walking Dead fans also should be talking about the arrival of Negan and what Jeffrey Dean Morgan will bring to the character of Negan. There is also the arrival of people from The Kingdom, which means the introduction of King Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva, who the Inquisitr previously reported will make their debuts during a special ComicCon trailer this July. But, thanks to that Walking Dead cliffhanger, fans are concerned with only one thing, much to Robert Kirkman’s chagrin.
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