SPOILER ALERT: This article deals with certain elements from ‘The Walking Dead’ comic book which MAY or MAY NOT be considered SPOILERS for the TV show, as well as events in the most recent episode, so be warned!
“I am Negan,” uttered Primo, seconds before Rick popped a cap in his skull in this Sunday’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, entitled “The Same Boat” and some fans on the internet took that for gospel. Could the show have really done away with this looming threat so quickly and easily?
No, clearly not as earlier in the same episode, one of his female companions expressed “We are all Negan.”
Plus, if you pay any attention to news, you already knew Jeffrey Dean Morgan had been cast to play the infamous comic book villain. No, this slow build up is leading to something huge, most likely an entrance that will be made in the show’s Season Six finale which airs in just three weeks.
And one present cast member is especially pumped about this debut: Steven Yeun, a.k.a. Glenn Rhee.
“For me, his arrival is awesome. We’ve been waiting for this person for a long time, and in the comic books, he in a way brings a level of stakes that are kind of unmatched. And so, for me, for Negan to come into the show is, to say nothing less, f—ing awesome.”
It’s natural for an actor on a show to be excited about a new addition, but as readers of the comics know, in the source material, Negan marks his arrival but killing Glenn– quite brutally, smashing his skull in with Lucille, his barb wire-wrapped baseball bat! And we have already been given hints that the TV Negan will be just as brutal, with Jesus telling Rick and the others that Negan beat a 16 year-old Hilltop resident to death in front of the others, just to prove a point.
Then again, the show frequently mixes things from the comics up to prevent readers from being spoiled or spoiling the show for others.
“I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics. There’s a clear divide in the way we tell a story on television, and the way that story is told in the comics, because it has to be. And everybody will have to see what happens, but we definitely tell our story in the way that television should be told.
“That’s the beauty of the adaptation. There is something to be said about something being predictable. I’m sure there are iconic moments, but at the same time, we want to keep this show as fresh and alive as possible, and we’re going to tell that story that exists for the world we’ve created. And it is inspired by the world Robert Kirkman has created, but it’s also its own entity, to some degree. So, yeah. I mean, we’ll see what happens.”
Most had already assumed that TV Glenn was safe anyway, after the hubbub this past fall when it appeared that he’d been killed only to have miraculously survived. But after leaving fans on the hook for weeks, it’s unlikely that the show will see Glenn actually killed off, leading many to speculate as to which survivor’s time may soon be up.
There are three more episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ this season, which means there could potentially be at least three more significant deaths.
Where do you see this show going? Who could you bear to say goodbye to? And who would you hate to see go?
Source: Entertainment Weekly