Fans of The Walking Dead have been hearing the name Negan, but have yet to be introduced to this infamous graphic novel character.
Executive producer of Dead, David Alpert, opened up about Negan during an interview with IGN. Alpert explained that Negan is a character that will start conversations amongst fans of both the show and the graphic novels.
“We want [people who don’t know Negan] to get into conversations with their friends like, ah, that’s nothing, and the friends who have read the comics be like, ‘Oh, you just don’t know. You just don’t know.”
The character of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will change the course of the show according to Alpert, for the better.
“Negan is one of the greatest villains ever created in TV. It’s the greatest comic book villain I’ve ever read. He’s amazing, he’s terrifying, he’s funny, he’s charming, and the reason why I think he’s so terrifying is he makes a certain amount of sense. Even though he does horrible, horrible horrific things, there’s a certain logic — a barbaric logic, but a logic — to it. I think it’s not just the horrible things he does, it’s the appeal of that logic. It takes a little while to wrap your head around it.”
While the show has already started to focus on Negan and his group, he will not be making an appearance until the season finale of season six. Alpert is ready to have this introduction shock fans.
“I cannot wait to see the reaction to when we do the things we’re going to do at the end of this season. I think we will melt people’s minds.”
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.