For years now, the producers of ‘The Walking Dead’ have been buzzing about Negan, one of the most significant characters in the entire run of the comics. The show began several years after the comic and has moved at a deliberately slower pace, but it seems like as soon as Negan appeared in print, both creators and fans have been dying to rush him– possibly the nastiest villain in the comic’s entire run– onto the show.
But the TV adaptation has edged chronologically closer to the comics, so at this point, it’s just a matter of time before Negan comes along in live action, swinging his trusty “sidekick” Lucille, a wooden baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.
Is THIS, the show’s sixth, the one in which TV viewers will finally encounter the curse word loving killer? It seems that way as the show is looking to cast a character that is described as:
“A fiftysomething narcissist who has an angry streak, a Senator-like charm and the charisma of a car salesman.”
That certainly SOUNDS like Negan! Angry streak? Check. He does make his entrance into the comic book by killing
Daryl a beloved character.
(I’m assuming everyone knows that Daryl isn’t in the comics. If not… Daryl isn’t in the comics. Relax.)
Anyhoo, back to Negan. The second trait listed in “charisma of a used car dealer.” Well, for all the ire he raised in fans, he does have a pretty hefty community that not only follows his orders but goes along with his… unique requirements.
The one description that doesn’t jibe with his comic depiction is “fiftysomething” leading one source to speculate that perhaps this casting isn’t for Negan at all. (It is listed as being for “Rich” but these types of descriptions typically use fake names.) Their speculation is that this may in fact be a casting for Gregory, the cowardly leader of the Hilltop settlement. Gregory and his community do play a part in the larger story, particularly the “All Out War” story in which Alexandria (where Rick and the gang are currently residing on the show), The Hilltop and Negan’s community The Sanctuary go to war, with a fourth settlement, the Kingdom also in the mix.
Technically, it would make sense to introduce Gregory before Negan, since it is the journey to Hilltop from Alexandria that plays a big part in Negan’s introduction. But other than the age listed, the weak and weaselly Gregory doesn’t really match the personality traits of “Rich.” But maybe on the show, his part will be beefed up to make him more formidable.
Either way, the fact that they are just now looking to cast this part means that whoever this character is, he won’t appear until the second half of the season, so feel free to speculate away.
Who would you rather join the show first, Negan or Gregory? Any ideas as to who could play them? Comment below!
Source: Cinema Blend