Kirkman teases when we'll meet Walking Dead's OTHER iconic villain

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Dec 19, 2013, 10:34 AM EST

We finally got some major momentum in the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, and now creator Robert Kirkman has opened up about when the comic’s next huge baddie might make the jump to the small screen.

Spoilers ahead for the recent midseason finale, and The Walking Dead comic!

As we all know, after getting a reprieve last year, the Governor (David Morrissey) finally got his comeuppance in the form of a sword to the chest — though he did take the prison down with him. So what’s next? Comic fans are well aware of where the series goes after the fall of the prison, and Kirkman teased that the post-Governor baddie we all want to see is on the way. Eventually. 

That’s right: Current comic baddie Negan (responsible for a huge main character death during his introduction) is definitely coming to the TV series. But Kirkman says the writers want to make sure there is some “breathing room” between him and the Governor.

Comic-wise, there’s a massive 52-issue gap between the death of the Governor and the introduction of Negan — with Rick’s gang facing everything from cannibals to giant herds of zombies during the in-between. So will we have to wait that long on the show? 

Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly they’re figuring that out as we speak:

“Well, there was a lot of breathing room in the comics between them. Whether or not we have the same amount of breathing room, or if we do cut that down a little bit and bring him into the show a little early remains to be seen. But I definitely do think there needs to be some kind of space from a Governor into a Negan. You have to have something of a break in there. So I wouldn’t expect him to be showing up — definitely not in season 4. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect it too soon. But we are all very excited about the prospect of bringing that guy into the show. The plan is that we will see him eventually.”

It makes sense that they wouldn’t want to jump directly into a new human Big Bad, but considering the sometimes plodding pace of the series, we were worried it might be season 15 before Negan actually showed up. Luckily, it seems Kirkman is aware they need to keep up the momentum going forward.

What do you think? How long should they wait before introducing Negan? Also, who should play him? 

(Via Entertainment Weekly)