Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Robert Kirkman Have Some Ideas for The Walking Dead’s Negan

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It’s been a while since we’ve spoken about AMC‘s The Walking Dead here at What The Nerd Heard – and that’s admittedly for very selfish reasons; I’ve not wanted to spoil it for myself.

However, when you have constant updates across social media that inevitably spoil at least one key plot point for you, it’s a difficult balance.

Regardless, for fans of the zombie-apocalypse drama series, one of the break-out characters of the most recent series has been the antagonistic Negan.

The baseball bat wielding, hero-slaying monster of a man, has brought the fight to Rick Grimes and co for a short while now, and, without too many spoilers for anyone, has proved to be a much bigger threat than any previous villain in the series.

Most recently, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the man behind the monster, has revealed how he’d love to be able to do a Negan spin-off that would help explore the inner workings of the character, especially prior to the zombie apocalypse began.

The Walking Dead has already shown glimpses as to who (or what) Negan was before the initial outbreak via flashbacks, however, as reinforced within the narrative, Negan cannot be trusted, even when it comes to his own past.

Fabricated backstory aside, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has recently expressed his desire to build on what we already know about Negan during an interview with Fandom;

“I would like to see Negan before the zombie apocalypse. Robert Kirkman [Walking Dead creator] has done a little bit of thought on the Negan pre-zombie apocalypse, and I would be more than happy to see that.

I would like to take part in some filming of that. I think that would help explain this character a great deal. Because, unfortunately, the way things go with so many characters and storylines, we don’t see enough – and I think that that is needed, especially when you have a character like Negan.”

A spin-off series isn’t unheard of, as the prequel/spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead has gained massive ground, continuing to grow from series to series, and establishing a wider universe for the TWD continuity.

However, this would be the first time a series based off a single character from the core series received a solo outing, but it could be worked into the main series and culminate at the point where Negan finally made his TWD debut.


The Walking Dead recently concluded its eighth season, and Fear the Walking Dead is currently going through their fourth season on AMC.

-James, 24/04/2018

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