Negan Reveals His Iconic Backstory In "The Big Scary U"

Negan Reveals Heartbreaking Backstory, And It Means Much More Than You Think

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-11-24    2 min read

“My first wife was a real wife,” said Negan. In “The Big Scary U,” audiences finally get to catch up with Negan and Father Gabriel. After Rick’s attack, both men got stuck in a trailer surrounded by walkers.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“My only real wife. Till death did us part,” said Negan, in response to Father Gabriel’s confession. In this episode, we get to hear the villain’s backstory and part of the reasoning for why Father Gabriel saved Gregory in the premiere.

“It was before this,” he went on.

Negan Confesses To Father Gabriel

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Through the door, Negan began to give his confession. Father Gabriel is hidden like a priest in a confessional. In reality, he was scared that he might be killed with a bat. “I lied to her. I screwed around on her,” he said.

“She was sick and when she went, it was during this,” he went on. “I couldn’t put her down. That is how I was weak. That is what I will confess. Because, yeah, maybe we do bite the big one here.”

Father Gabriel walked out and said, “You are forgiven.” Then, Gabriel got punched in the nose.

‘Here’s Negan’ Makes It’s Way To AMC

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit Image Comics

The rest of the story comes from Robert Kirkman’s comic series, Here’s Negan. In the comic, we hear a little more about his backstory and how he became the iconic Saviors’ leader.

In this episode, we’re given a few more clues from the comic. Negan tells Father Gabriel that he worked with children. He was a gym teacher before the outbreak and loved to challenge the kids. Now, he does the same thing with the Saviors, who are all childish and dangerous.

What he doesn’t tell us, however, is that his wife was also named Lucille. She had cancer and he spent a few months in the hospital watching her die. After cheating on her, this dwelled on him.

Once she died, he was no longer the same man. Now, everything he does is for the sake of his deceased wife.

Do you think Negan and Rick Grimes were in the same hospital during the outbreak?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also 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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