How Robert Kirkman Creates Names For The Walking Dead Characters


Despite his love for Negan, there’s one thing Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman hates about creating characters. Kirkman told a recent panel that he finds creating names for characters “boring.” That’s why Negan doesn’t have a first name (or last name, whatever it is).

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“I do things to entertain myself. Then, when the comic gets turned into a TV show, it’s super weird,” he said. “But I just think it’s funny to not give characters last names because, I don’t know, it’s interesting to me.

Robert Kirkman then joked that it doesn’t play out well in the panels since fans are dying to know every last detail about the characters.

Robert Kirkman Hates Coming Up With Names

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“It really doesn’t play out well on panels though, I’ll tell you that music. But when I’m at home and I’m writing, I’m like, ‘I’m not doing this,’ because you gotta come up with a list of names and then pick one and it’s never interesting,” he said.

This is likely why there are so many Jacks and Johns in action movies, like John McClain (Die Hard), John Wick (John Wick), John Connor (The Terminator), Jon Snow (Game of Thrones), John Rambo (Rambo), and John Matrix (Commando).

It’s rare for a character to have a truly interesting name but they can have interesting nicknames, like The Governor or how all the Saviors are also Negan. Then, Kirkman started to talk about his biggest regret for the show.

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