Earlier this morning FOX Creative Netherlands released a new promo for the Season 6 finale of ‘The Walking Dead.’ In the promo, we see a brief glimpse of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan from behind, wielding his infamous barbed-wire baseball bat, Lucille. We also hear him introduce himself to Team Rick. The promo was taken down, but I managed to find it on YouTube. win-win. (Watch It Before It’s Taken Down)
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Scott M. Gimple had this to say about Negan:
When I was first reading about Negan in the books and talking to [Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman] about it, I was blown away with this character. Through another lens, he’s not a bad guy at all in the comic. He does some horrible things, but our people do some horrible things. He is, though, this unrepentant a-hole. He is somebody who is the ultimate bully.
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. That’s such a combination. 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.
He’s going to terrify you but he’s really going to make you laugh. A lot of the times you’re going to be ashamed that you’re laughing.
YOU GUYS!! Now that Negan is on his way, I’m excited and terrified. What are your feelings towards Negan’s arrival?
Stars: Norman Reedus as Daryl, Andrew Lincoln as Rick, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, Josh McDermitt as Eugene, Alanna Masterson as Tara, Christian Serratos as Rosita, Lennie James as Morgan, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Austin Nichols as Spencer, Corey Hawkins as Heath, and Merritt Wever as Dr. Denise Cloyd.
‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6, Episode 16 “Last Day on Earth” April 3 at 9/8c on AMC.