Robert Kirkman Says Negan Is Like An Atomic Bomb Being Dropped On The Walking Dead
Comic book fans know Negan - and they know how scary and utterly chaotic he is when he comes into The Walking Dead's story. From deaths to injuries to a complete shake-up in the way the survivors continue to live, there's basically no corner of the story that he doesn't touch.
Apparently, that will happen when he comes to the show, courtesy of actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, according to comic creator and show EP Robert Kirkman.
"Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that's going to be dropped on the show, and the show will never be the same after that," he teased to Entertainment Weekly. "So buckle up, I guess?"
With Negan - or technically before him on the show (since we've already met some of them), comes his group, who call themselves "The Saviors." They're basically a "protection" racket, and Kirkman says one thing makes them scarier than the other groups: their lack of chaos.
"I think the Saviors are dangerously organized. The Wolves were psychotic, the Hunters [the group from Terminus] had a lot of weaknesses. When it comes to the Saviors, and Negan in particular, the way I've always thought about this in the comics is this is a group that's led by a guy who's had his morality dial a few clicks away from Rick toward the darker aspects of his personality, but is still an intellectual and capable leader who's kept his group alive against all odds just as long as Rick has," Kirkman said. "It's really the best encountering the best. When these two forces come head to head, things are gonna get interesting. This is a much different group than they've ever encountered. The Saviors are a group they're not really prepared for."
Buckle up, indeed, The Walking Dead fans.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC February 14, 2016 at 9pm.