There are a lot of predictions for what might happen next on The Walking Dead, but the most controversial is the idea that Negan may one day take over the show. However, two films make us think this is actually a possibility.
Logistically speaking, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) has been on the series for nearly a decade and may want to leave one day soon. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) is a relatively big actor who could lead the show if fans let him.
Plus, it’s clear that Scott Gimple (former showrunner) and Robert Kirkman (comic creator) love Negan and the actor’s performance as Negan.
The Walking Dead Could Unite Opposing Forces
Outside of the business-side of the creative process, movies like The Last Samurai (2003) and Hostiles (2017) highlight opposing forces coming together. Both films turn absolute hatred into progress.
In The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise’s character Nathan Algren is an American soldier captured by the Samurai in Japan. As their hostage, he learns their culture, abandons his own inner demons, and eventually sides with the Samurai as they face a tougher, larger, more advanced front.
In the new film, Hostiles, Christian Bale’s character, Capt. Joseph J. Blocker, is in a similar situation with a handful of Native Americans after the battle of Wounded Knee. He’s forced to escort a dying Indian warrior to freedom. Both men hate one another but they join forces to fight a greater front.
For Rick Grimes and Negan, they too will need to fight something greater than their individual groups.
Fighting Together To Face A Greater Evil
In the comic book, Rick Grimes decides not to kill Negan at the end of the war. He essentially believes that not killing his enemy is a better foot forward for the future of his people. Instead, he puts Negan in a jail cell.
Like Hostiles and The Last Samurai, this could force the duo to talk and come together if something greater ever confronts them. In the comic book, this happens with the Whisperers. On television, they may go ahead and skip to the Commonwealth (the new large, advanced group).
If, somehow, Rick Grimes and Negan finally see eye-to-eye, it’s possible that Rick could die at the hands of a new enemy. While this could take years of screen time to work out, it’s possible that this could lead to Negan leading The Walking Dead.
What do you think of this wild prediction for The Walking Dead?