SPOILER WARNING: Negan's The Walking Dead comic storyline discussed below!
With Negan set to keep on tormenting Rick and company when Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres later this month, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan would like to see the AMC series delve into the villain’s past by giving the character his own backstory episode.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Morgan teased that the upcoming season (which will follow the comics' “All Out War” storyline) will start exploring who Negan is. “I think what’s interesting about this year — for me and for Negan — is that we’re going to start seeing slivers of who this guy is beyond the brutality that we saw in Season 7,” he said, adding, “We’re going to find some more things about Negan, which I think are fascinating.”
Despite the fact that we’ll learn more about Negan, the actor is hoping the show will give us a Negan-centric installment down the line. “I always am hoping that, at some point, we do a backstory episode for Negan, because it’s an amazing story. I don’t know that that’s going to happen this year, but we are going to see enough of him, and he talks quite a bit, as you know. So he’s going to reveal some of himself to the audience this year, which is going to be awesome. It’s going to be fascinating. [pauses] Of course, he’s still going to be a big f—ing dick!” explained the former Supernatural actor.
First introduced in 2012's issue #100 of Robert Kirkman’s TWD comic book title, Negan was finally given a backstory four years later. The story was originally published in 16 separate chapters of four pages each, published monthly from Apr. 2016 onward. The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan (a hard cover edition collecting all 16 chapters will be out tomorrow, right on time for TWDs’ 14th anniversary) gave us a look into Negan’s past, from shortly before the death of his wife (the real Lucille) from cancer at the start of the zombie apocalypse, to his first meeting with Dwight and Sherry, to how he ended up with a barbed-wired baseball bat named "Lucille."
Is it too much to hope for the series to delve into Negan’s backstory with an F-bomb-light episode? Something similar to what Season 6 did for Morgan (Lennie James) with “Here’s Not Here” would suit nicely, thank you very much.
The Walking Dead returns on Oct. 22 on AMC.
(via Entertainment Weekly)