In past comic con panels, both Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) spoke about how much they were looking forward to the Carl-Negan storyline from Robert Kirkman’s comic book. That, of course, is no more.
The Season 8B premiere focused on the death of Carl Grimes and Negan wasn’t even in the episode, other than a hallucination fantasy. In the comic, Rick Grimes captured Negan and he and Carl became close while he was a prisoner.
That storyline paralleled movies like The Last Samurai or the more recent Hostiles, but that arc will no longer be on AMC. Plus, it’s hard to imagine someone else filling that role on the show.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Talks His Disappointment
“Honestly … a huge reason I wanted so badly to join this band of misfits … was because I was such a fan of the Negan-Carl relationship in the comics…” said actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan on a social media post to Chandler Riggs.
“That storyline was one of my favorites, as I know it was one of yours. I’ll forever be disappointed we only scratched the surface of what could have been,” Morgan wrote to his friend and former co-star.
This unlikely bond can’t really be replaced, but the show could try to put someone like Saddiq or maybe even Rick Grimes in that arc .
A Touching Goodbye To The Iconic Carl Grimes
“Man, what a pleasure,” wrote JDM. “Not only getting to work with you, but getting to know. You, my friend, are an incredible young man. Well before joining the cast I was a fan…a fan that loved watching you grow up in front of the camera.”
Like many other fans, pre-Negan JDM was very upset to hear the news from former Showrunner Scott Gimple. “From the moment you first put on the way too large Sheriff’s hat as a boy…to the end,” he wrote.
Similarly, every single fan on earth was upset by the decision from AMC’s version of the show. At this point, the storyline is tragic and doesn’t make much sense based on the comic. Hopefully, these writers and production team are pushing the story in the right direction for a greater goal.
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