Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) only shared scenes a handful of times but every single one was equally intense. It began with the death of Glenn and ended with Negan getting his throat slit. But what’s more, is that both characters have changed a great deal since they met back in Season 6 of The Walking Dead.
“Anytime that Andy and I shared a scene or shared the screen, it gets intense,” said Jeffrey Dean Morgan about his co-star, Andrew Lincoln. “I think we bring that out in each other. That’s just where it goes. That’s the kind of intensity that that sort of scene needs.”
When it comes down to war and the fate of humanity, intensity is almost an understatement. Either way, fans love to see these two characters in the same frame on Sunday nights. But, when Rick Grimes ran towards that tree with the hanging windows, many fans thought that meant the end of our fearless leader.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on The Walking Dead
After Eugene’s trick bullets went off, Negan ran towards a tree in the field for cover. Rick Grimes took another shot at him, but then ran out of bullets (for the tenth time). Bullets or not, Rick ran after Negan who had injured his hand from the misfire. A moment later, Negan hit Rick in the side with Lucille.
The duo then got into another cowboy-like brawl, which led to them rolling around on the ground. As Rick scrambled for a weapon, Negan stood up and kicked him in the side. “Just so you know, ‘Eeny Meeny Miny Mo,’ that was bullsh*t,” said Negan. “I made a choice,” he clarified about Glenn and Abraham.
“I just didn’t want to kill a kid’s dad in front of him,” he said about the choice to kill Rick in front of Carl. “Turns out, that would have been the best thing I could have done. Had I done it, the kid might still be alive,” he went on. At this point, Rick had heard enough and kicked down Negan.
“You’re beat. Your people are down,” said Rick.
“I’ll get out of it,” said Negan. “I always do.”