The Walking Dead fans are casting shame at the Alexandrians after Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) took point and single-handedly rescued Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) after the girl broke off from the group amid a dangerous blizzard to retrieve Dog.
"I think Negan just, he legitimately is fond of Judith. Just as he respected Carl (Chandler Riggs), she's spunky, and she's funny, and she's really smart, and she's really tough," Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang noted on Talking Dead following Sunday's Season Nine finale.
"And Negan had a background working with children before the apocalypse and so this is somebody that he legitimately has a friendship with and cares about. That said, Negan is Negan, as we've seen in the episode, he still has that part of him that likes to needle people, he's always gonna have an edge, he's never like a pure hero. In the episode you see that there's been a little bit of change though when he's locked up in that infirmary after [Rick had slashed his throat], that was one thing, and here he's there. But if you'll notice, he doesn't have handcuffs on. And so that says a little bit about the change that's happened in the community's impression of him as a result of that."
It's a big moment for the former Savior leader, and acts as a major payoff for the dynamic between Negan and Judith that has resurfaced throughout the season following a six-year time jump.
"We had a bigger time jump. We knew that one of the things that was an interesting dynamic in the comic book was Negan and Carl. Carl's not in our universe [anymore], but Judith very much is, and we were really excited about seeing, okay, what is Negan's interaction with the 10-year-old Judith, who, in some ways, would remind him of Carl, but in other ways, she is completely her own person. And so that was just a connection that we thought was interesting to explore, and because of the great passage of time, it kind of gave us the opportunity to tell stories about what happens to this person who's been in prison for this many years, and has gone through the darkest moments of his life in there? What has he been doing, what has he been thinking about?"
It remains to be seen what's in store for Negan when The Walking Dead returns to AMC with its tenth season in October, but Kang promised "some really interesting story for Negan moving forward."
@AMCTalkingDead awww when negan went to save judith, all i can think was, damn she has a lot of dads— josh d (@josh_d2009) April 1, 2019
#TalkingDead why was Negan the only one to go after Judith everybody else that attach to the Rope seriously— Brandie Seagrove (@b0313seagrove) April 1, 2019
I love how Negan is supposed to be so hated, but he was the only one to go after and take care of Judith in the blizzard! I can't help but love the idea that Negan cares for her!#TWDrewards #TheWalkingDead #TalkingDead— Bri (@B_Name_Less) April 1, 2019
Even with a leg that looks like shit, Uncle Negan treads on through the storm carrying Judith and walking Dog. Somebody get Negan the Uncle Of The Year award!@WalkingDead_AMC #TWD @AMCTalkingDead #TalkingDead— Tovar Perri (@tovartheawesome) April 1, 2019
Ok but the fact that Negan was the only one who separated from the group in a snowstorm and ran after Judith to save her says alot about how much he changed and cares about Judith https://t.co/ZKFqB2MreR— ☕️『Kཞ๑ཡཛ』 (@DelsinKrowe) April 1, 2019
I just can’t believe Negan was the only one who went after Judith— Giovani Bell (@GiovaniBell2) April 1, 2019
That scene with Judith running to find Dog..can't believe Negan was the only one who cared to go after her. Love him&their bond. Can't wait to see it further develop.— AFCJAS (@jasdgooner) April 1, 2019
Michonne meeting her kids as well❤️
I think the sound editing was brilliant. #TWD
So Negan was the only one that gave a crap if Judith died in that storm?— ? ALLIE-BOMB ? (@AllieSinn15) April 1, 2019