While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman discussed upcoming and highly anticipated villain “Negan,” set to be portrayed by Jeffery Dean Morgan (Magic City, Supernatural). Kirkman likened the show’s new antagonist to an atomic bomb saying
“As far as shakeups go, we have lots of shake-ups from season to season,” says Kirkman. “It keeps things interesting — keeps the blood pumping, I like to say — but Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that’s going to be dropped on the show, and the show will probably never be the same after that. So buckle up, I guess?”
He further discussed what made this new villain and his “dangerously organized” sect different from the previous human threats fans have seen on the show.
“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. It’s really the best encountering the best. When these two forces come head to head, things are going to get interesting. This is a much different group than they’ve ever encountered. The Saviors are a group they’re not really prepared for”
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