Could 'THE WALKING DEAD' Introduce Negan Sooner Than Expected?

"The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman discusses season 4 and whether there's any thoughts of introducing charismatic bad guy Negan on the AMC show earlier than where he appears in the comic book's storyline. Are you interested in more of The Governor or eagerly anticipating Negan?

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By Mark Julian - 7/15/2013
Besides the Walkers, the two big villains introduced in the published pages of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's "The Walking Dead" has been The Governor and now Negan. At the moment, if you ask fans of the comic book series who's their favorite villain, you'll probably get more votes for Negan than The Governor. With that popularity, Kirkman was asked if there's any desire to introduce the villain earlier than what would necessarily be the expected insertion point. Said Kirkman, "That's definitely a real temptation when you are adapting a show." He continued, "It's sometimes a struggle because I feel like there are very cool things that are waiting in the wings in the comics that we could do earlier in the show. But those things only work the way they work because of everything that came before them. We have to build up to them properly. Negan isn't going to be as cool if we don't set up this, this, this, and this. We do want to do Negan, and it seems likes everyone on the show does want to do Negan, but we are going to have to do all these other things first."

New showrunner Scott Gimple also commented on the introducing of Negan, stating, "Reading the book now and reading Negan as a character, I'm like, "Damn, there's so much to do before we get to him!" One of my favorite issues with him recently was the Carl/Negan issue. I think it'd be such an amazing episode of TV, but we have a lot to do before we get there."

Where do you stand on the Governor/Negan debate? The fan opinion on The Governor (David Morrissey) last season was not as positive by the end of the season finale in comparison to when the character was first introduced. Would you like to see The Governor storyline wrapped up more quickly to get to Negan or should the show continue to take its time with that story arc?




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"The Walking Dead, the most watched drama in basic cable history, returned for an exhilarating third season on Sun., Oct. 14, 2012 at 9/8c. In this uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living. A 16 episode season, the series Entertainment Weekly called the "greatest thriller ever produced for television' will air in two parts, with the first eight hours kicking off October 14 and returning February 2013 with the final eight episodes.

In the highly anticipated third season, Rick and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, Morrissey and Gurira. The series is executive produced by showruner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth and Evan Reilly as co-executive producers.

The Walking Dead reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. The series has garnered two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series - Drama, and a WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media, among other accolades."



Running Time: 60 minutes (45 min actual air time)
Release Date: October 2013 (Season 4-premiere)
TV Rating: TV-MA for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alchohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey,Chad Coleman,Sonequa Martin-Green, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Norman Reedus
Creators: Frank Darabont (show) Robert Kirkman (comic)
Written by: Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice, Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, Adam Fierro, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Evan T. Reilly
Source: TV Guide
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Canon108 - 7/15/2013, 4:15 PM
They should kill the Governor in the first block of episodes, reach Alexandria by season's end. Then they can set up Hilltop, Negan, and the saviors for season 5 and onwards...they've really screwed this show up in the last year.
TayDee - 7/15/2013, 4:16 PM
It would be a mistake to introduce Negan now. And is he really that popular to people?
Bigred20 - 7/15/2013, 4:19 PM
negan says fvck every other word and is way too violent to accurately depict him in television
dkhager - 7/15/2013, 4:22 PM
they are doing great with what theyre doing..let them take their time..i dont want a rushed show..i want the best possible and thats what ive been getting..we gotta have the demise of the governor,abraham, eugene and those characters, the hunters, reaching the alexandria safezone, and then maybe they could meld it together with that..but i dont know..there is still alot between that and negans intro.so let them take their time..i love this show so much..and cant wait till october
dkhager - 7/15/2013, 4:24 PM
plus we dont know how negans story ends in the comics yet..so we have to see that..if it does end?..but im cool with readin alot more issues
Benjamitesandwich - 7/15/2013, 4:25 PM
I freaking love Negan! Although, I don't see how they could put him into the show without him saying the F-word every other word. Oh well, he's a great villain.
lapress - 7/15/2013, 4:40 PM
It would probably take at least two seasons first.
TimDrake - 7/15/2013, 5:07 PM
NEGANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Dmon - 7/15/2013, 5:13 PM
I would really like to see the short Cannibal story arc as well.
Bigred20 - 7/15/2013, 5:30 PM
whats funny is the people who ONLY watch the show are looking at these comments and have no idea what were talking about
after negan gutted spencer all he cared about was where spencers pool table was
AdamX - 7/15/2013, 5:38 PM
To early for Negan
MechanicalLivestock - 7/15/2013, 5:59 PM
Given the fact that they completely butchered the whole Governor/prison story arc, I'm sure they will due the same with the Negan story.

@Dman I agree, although the cannibal story was brief it's one of my favorite parts of the series.
Pumchavas28 - 7/15/2013, 6:07 PM
Negan is a character better suited for Starz or HBO. AMC didn't go with the Gov's dark side & what he did to Michione. While I would love to see Negan on TV, I doubt they show him behaving as bad @$$ on TV as he is in the comic. He's on that Spartacus/Game of Thrones level that AMC can't really touch honestly.

They didn't even show the Gov shoot Merle really, anyone think they show what Negan does to Glenn? My initial thought is NO.

I do think however that Negan could be the type of character that could be the death of Daryl. JMO.
damntree - 7/15/2013, 6:10 PM
Negan sucks but then so does the governor from the comics. The governor on the show is awesome.
superherofan21 - 7/15/2013, 6:33 PM
I'd like to see the Hunters before Negan, though. Maybe a few other things, as well.
darkjoker1 - 7/15/2013, 7:07 PM
that would be great to to see him hell even have him kill gelnn the first epsiode im totally fine with that :D so at lest its goes with the comic
DoctorAlgernopKrieger - 7/15/2013, 7:41 PM
Jon Hamm for Neagan
Chekkarma - 7/15/2013, 7:42 PM
Introducing hmmm...maybe at the end of the season.....with the way things have been altered from the comics,I'm expecting Glenn and Darryl to die this season.
StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 7/15/2013, 7:43 PM
Great comic. Mediocre show.
Shadowelfz - 7/15/2013, 9:26 PM
Medicore comic, great show ;)

Seriously, though, Negan is pretty awesome as a character. I love his odd sense of honor. Save him for the next season finale or at least wait till Governer is done with.

There is so much character development that goes on between the prison and Alexandria that they will miss out on if they introduce Negan now.
maxxgone - 10/15/2013, 12:57 PM
Im starting the Tom Sizemore for neegan campaign right now...

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