Negan is coming. We all need to realize that once he arrives, there's no going back. Someone is going to die.
Fans of The Walking Dead largely expect that someone to be Glenn because of how Negan's infamous first appearance in issue #100 of The Walking Dead comic went (you know, with him bashing Glenn's skull using a barbed wire wrapped bat?). With that in mind, one would assume Glenn actor Steven Yeun wouldn't be too hyped for Negan's arrival, right? Wrong.
“For me, his arrival is awesome,” says Yeun. “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.”
Now, either Yeun is a really a team player and a good sport while finding out he's no longer employed by the series, or the show will deviate from the comics. All sarcasm aside, both really are possibilities.
It's also a possibility that Yeun is excited for people to stop asking him about Negan. Fans have been going on about the villain's arrival on the show since his first appearance was printed in the comics in 2012. We'll see in a few short weeks.
“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,” says Yeun. “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.”
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 PM ET on AMC.