In recent seasons, The Walking Dead has featured a blurred line between its protagonists and antagonists at some points. While the line was a bit more clear when it came to the Governor or the people of Terminus next to Rick and his group, it's not all black and white when it comes to Negan.
Both characters do what is necessary to protect their people and preserve their own lives. While Negan trots about with a baseball bat, talking about his actions, Rick is quick to draw his revolver and eliminate all threats within reach. So, are Rick and Negan truly all that different?
"I think if we followed Negan we might even be in the same place that we are with Rick where we're like, 'Whoa. What you're doing there seems like the behavior of a bad person,'" Gimple said. "What's interesting is, I think for Rick's experience, he's justified in what he's been doing. The world has formed him this way and what he's done has generally been a reaction to being threatened and trying to make sure that his people live. Things are getting greyer and greyer and greyer. But I think the things that Rick has done you can hold up against the things that Negan has done and it's not a vast gulf between those two but the way that they operate is very different. Their philosophies are very different and that's maybe where we see one person being the hero and one person being the villain."
While fans of The Walking Dead have witnessed Rick's rise into the leadership position within his group and the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Negan's leadership role at the Sanctuary remains unexplained on the television series. Robert Kirkman's comics, however, have done an intriguing job of revealing the villain's backstory, introducing his heartbreaking past and taking readers right up to the point where he becomes the leatherclad menace we met in Issue #100.
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