“Negan and Carl had this really unique relationship,” said Robert Kirkman on the latest episode of Talking Dead. “It’s a little more developed in the comics, but it’s definitely present in the television show.”
In the comic book, the story was able to develop more when Rick Grimes decided to put Negan in prison. That way, Carl and Negan had the chance to speak through the jail cell and get closer as friends or perhaps a mentor-like relationship.
Even so, it was still shocking for Rick and Michonne to see Carl’s letter to Negan.
Robert Kirkman Addresses The Letter To Negan
“I think when you look at that – those thoughts that Carl is having about the future – Negan is very much a part of that. He sees the good in Negan even if nobody else does,” said Robert Kirkman.
The “Old Man Rick” dream sequence turned out to be Carl’s vision instead of Rick’s vision. With that in mind, there are things there that would not have been in anyone’s vision, other than Carl’s. That’s why Negan showed up at the end with Judith.
Finding Peace Among The Lost And Plunderers
At the end of “The Lost and the Plunderers,” it looked like Rick Grimes was actually going to read the letter from Carl to Negan. In the end, he basically only told his enemy that Carl had died and he would be next.
But in the quick glimpse of the letter, we learned a little more about Carl and Negan. In fact, several of the points in the letter were also told to Rick. It would not be surprising if Carl’s letters to Rick and Negan were almost exactly the same.
After all, Carl wanted peace for everyone, including Negan. Actually, Carl and Negan want the same thing but they had very different ways of going about it. Hopefully, Rick Grimes can find the middle ground and make it happen.
But until Rick calms down, no one is going to be safe.
Do you think Rick Grimes will listen to his son’s letter?