The Walking Dead

‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Explains Why You Will Love Negan, and Hate Yourself For It

Negan is coming and he’s a game changer.

Unless you’ve got your head buried deep into the sand that is The Walking Dead television show, you’ll know what when Rick and crew murdered all those Saviors in cold blood a couple weeks ago, it didn’t exactly solve the problem. Despite numerous now-dead characters claiming to be Negan (or “we are all Negan”), the plain truth is that Negan is still a considerable threat, whether the citizens of Alexandria know it or not.

We don’t expect to see actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan show up as Negan until the season finale on April 3, but when he does, you can be assured that the zombie guts will hit the fan. He will almost certainly make his introduction by offing a major character (Glenn? Carol? Maggie? Michonne? Daryl?), and it will look something like this:

(In case you were wondering, yes, we only wrote this article so we could use that GIF)

The odd thing about Negan is that many Walking Dead fans are actually looking forward to Negan’s arrival instead of dreading it. Showrunner Scott Gimple thinks he knows why, as he explained to Entertainment Weekly:

The worst kind of bullies in high school, and junior high, and elementary school, and kindergarten, pre-school, and the womb were the bullies that were funny. That was the worst because the bullies that were funny were show people. I’m not going to say show men because there are a lot of girl bullies in school, too. They were funny and yet they were awful… And Negan is the ultimate version of that bully. And he is an incredible strategist. He can often appear capricious. He is pure id. He is this force of nature. He’s charismatic. A lot of villains on shows and comics and everything, it’s like, “Oh they’re the villain that you love to hate.” I think Negan is the villain that you hate to love. But you just love him. And he does some horrible things, but he has a reason for them.

Really, it’s the charisma. Readers of the comics will know that Negan is damn charming, despite the foul month and blood lust he puts on regular display. As Gimple puts it, “he’s going to terrify you, but he’s really going to make you laugh.”

Quite frankly, we can’t wait.

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon has been writing about random things online since 2013. His favorite video game is Rocket League, his favorite TV show is The Sopranos, and he hated the last season of Game of Thrones. Follow him @DevonTaylor113.