Here’s The Haunting Reason Why Negan Whistles On The Walking Dead

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-12-24

Over the past two seasons, it seems like Negan enjoys a good whistle on The Walking Dead. At first, it seemed like a coincidence, but now it seems like there is more to the story.

“Is it just me or has TWD gone away from the “Negan” whistle?” wrote one Redditor on a news feed. According to other comments, Negan began the whistle when Carl Grimes first invaded the Sanctuary.

Now, Carl Grimes is on his way out. But where does the whistle come from?

Negan Whistles To Communicate, But Also…

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

There are different opinions as to why Negan whistles, but many people believe that it is simply a form of communication. In the junkyard, we also noticed that the Scavengers whistle to one another rather than call out.

For one thing, a whistle is simple to hear, but not to easy to detect. If you hear a whistle out in the woods, it’s difficult to pinpoint where it is coming from. But at the same time, it can signal for someone to go ahead with a plan.

But there’s more to Negan’s whistle than communication alone.

Where Playful Meets Incredible Violence

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Negan likely uses his whistle as a form of intimidation. Since the show is equal parts horror and action, the whistle comes off as scary. “It’s supposed to mess with your head. Nothing is scarier than innocent child-like playful tone before things get incredibly violent. It adds to his madman mystique,” wrote another Redditor.

In many ways, this is Negan’s entire approach to life. Whenever he gets the chance, he comes in like a lamb and out like a lion. He’s the type of person to pat you on the back and then push you down the stairs.

The whistle is like a train barreling down or a tornado in the distance. Negan also used the whistle when he was gearing up take down Glenn Rhee and Abraham Ford. For Negan, it’s somewhat of a calling card.

The writers also let Michonne use a similar whistle when she killed a series of walkers, similar to The Wire’s Omar Little.

What do you think of Negan’s whistle on The Walking Dead?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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