After a long wait and much hype, Negan has finally arrived on The Walking Dead. Unfortunately for fans eager to meet the man, they were only given about 11 minutes of screen time with the new villain. However, in that time, they met a very transparent character - one who is willing to do whatever it takes to survive, no matter how savage or immoral.
If that wasn't made clear by Sunday's season six conclusion when he bashed one member of the group's head in with his bat, it will be discovered when The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season, according to showrunner Scott Gimple.
"The character is incredibly well done in the comic and yet he doesn't really have these dark motivations behind his actions," Gimple said during an interview with ComicBook.com. "I think with Negan it's about positive reinforcement. He's approached the world a certain way and the world has rewarded him again and again. We will see stories from his perspective but I do think that the guy you see is the guy he is. There won't be this sort of reveal behind the mask which I think is actually super challenging from a writing perspective but it's actually very refreshing and different for this type of villain."
Negan isn't the first villain to take center stage on The Walking Dead. We all remember the Governor. This time, though, things are different.
"I will say that there's something very honest about Negan," Gimple explains. "With the Governor, he was putting on an act, you know? He was this incredible politician that had heads in a tank but presented himself as this benevolent or even pragmatic dude but not showing just how screwed up he was. With Negan, what you see is what you get."
The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season in October. Expect a trailer to drop at San Diego Comic Con in July.