Until the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead Season 8A, fans thought they could always rely on The Walking Dead comics as some sort of navigation. But with the potential death of Carl Grimes, we’re wondering how far the show can leave the comic? Does showrunner Scott Gimple actually want Negan to be the lead?
Since the very beginning, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been sympathetic with his character. The actor truly believes that if fans had known Negan before Rick Grimes, they would appreciate him and be loyal to him, like they are to Rick.
If that’s true, is there a way to push the show forward so the Saviors leader actually becomes one of the good guys?
Negan May Be Hidden Shapeshifter On TWD
For lack of a better source, take the show Shameless on Showtime. All of the characters continuously shift between being mostly good to mostly bad, and vice versa (for a more mass appeal, this is also true for Loki in the Thor/Marvel films).
On The Walking Dead, however, we’ve always hated characters that switch sides. Eugene has gone evil and the actor literally gets death threats. Dwight is coming to the light, but we still don’t really trust him.
So how could the writers possibly make Negan semi-okay, much less the head good guy?
The Ongoing Fascination With The Saviors
Most fans believe that comic book creator Robert Kirkman fell in love with Negan and his fascination with the character kept him from killing off the character. Likewise, showrunner Scott Gimple loves Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of the character on the series.
If the show is thinking long-term (and they are), then they’re likely trying to figure out a way to make Negan more present than in the comic book. After all, it’s hard to imagine Jeffrey Dean Morgan performing very long from a jail cell. Plus, Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln may also be ready to hang up his six-shooter.
Since Carl Grimes is likely no longer the replacement for Rick Grimes, they need someone to head the show. Our theory is that because of Carl Grimes’ death, Rick Grimes will decide not to kill Negan (like the comic).
But this decision will make both Rick and Negan more sympathetic characters. We’ll also need to see a little more of Negan’s backstory on screen, which will also make him more likable.
Over time, Rick Grimes will be killed by an outsider (Whisperers, Jadis, New World Order, zombies, etc.) but Negan will somehow avenge his death and win over his people. This is super long-term, but no longer seems impossible.
Would you watch the show if they somehow made Negan the head good guy? Or, do you think Carl Grimes’ bite is a hoax (read here)?