THE WALKING DEAD: Comic Villain 'Negan' Looks Likely For The Show

During an interview with MTV about the latest issue of The Walking Dead comic, Robert Kirkman says that there's a 99% chance that the current -- and particularly nasty -- villain, Negan, will appear in the AMC tv series. Comic SPOILERS ahead..

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By Mark Cassidy - 4/11/2014
The current Walking Dead comic arc features a "big bad" by the name of Negan, and he's...not a very nice man. In fact when we first meet him he's bashing fan-favorite character Glenn's brains out with a barbed wire-baseball bat he calls Lucille. The character has been accused of being a little cartoonish in his villainy, but has remained pretty popular despite the criticisms. Fans have wondered if Negan would serve as the tv show's next primary antagonist after The Governor, and although that seems unlikely, it's a safe bet he'll pop up at some point. Here's what Kirkman had to say to MTV about it.

MTV News: Getting back to Negan, [Producer] Scott Gimple has said he wants to get the character on the show eventually. You know, there is a guy AMC likes, who's just finishing up a run on a popular show on the network. Any chance you could snag Jon Hamm for the part?

Robert Kirkman: He's not tall enough! That's a joke. I think Jon Hamm would be perfect. I think after "Mad Men" has run, Jon Hamm is going to have a Tom Hanks level film career, so I don't think he'll be coming back to television anytime soon. Although that would be cool! As far as Negan casting goes, Scott and I are always talking about who we would put in that, it's definitely on our minds, and there are definitely a lot of candidates. But I wouldn't expect Negan too terribly soon, although he is definitely in the plan. It's a 99% lock that he's going to be in the show eventually, so be on the lookout for that.
Source: MTV
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Kurne - 4/11/2014, 7:04 AM
Just don't have another Governor disaster.
charlie2094 - 4/11/2014, 7:12 AM
Awesome, but very much doubt we'll see him in Season 5, probably Season 6 I'd imagine, still a way to go...

Think they handled the Governor fairly well and made him an interesting complex character...Negan needs to be pretty different, much more brutal and little to no redeeming qualities, but looking forward to seeing what they do with him
Klone - 4/11/2014, 7:36 AM
Um, I haven't read the comics but from what I gather, Negan does have some redeeming qualities. He detests rape and any type of sexual violence.
LeroyJenkins - 4/11/2014, 7:39 AM
Well I hope he doesn't say that last line on the show hahaha
Gusto - 4/11/2014, 7:40 AM
Bubs can take him!

Nivekian - 4/11/2014, 7:40 AM
Snore... another "evil human" on a zombie tv show. Never seen that threat before. I do not know what it is about the show, maybe the hype (like Mad Men), but people are way more tolerant with this show than others as far as shaky quality, go nowhere plots, and then re-doing existing plots all over again. I love horror flicks, but this show underlines why "Horror" programs are not sustainable on tv after a couple seasons (especially zombie stuff, it's supposedly almost 2 years later, there should be almost no rotting zombies walking around at this point. Are they magical Zombies that only rot so much?)
Gamera623 - 4/11/2014, 7:41 AM
"Um, I haven't read the comics but from what I gather, Negan does have some redeeming qualities. He detests rape and any type of sexual violence."

Its been a while that I read the comics...
But I think at the same time he claims the wives of other people in his group and has a harem.
If one of his wives is caught with their original husbands thats adultary and he punishes them.
TheIncredibleHulksta - 4/11/2014, 7:41 AM
Interesting villains in The Walking Dead:

The Governor

Looks like they have a lot to choose from.
Hando99 - 4/11/2014, 7:42 AM
@Meta did you not read the panel from comic at the top of the article??
continuezero - 4/11/2014, 7:44 AM
Love this show and the way it's written. Can't wait till October. Wish they'd hurry up with the 2nd show and then run it in the main series off season. Alternate it but keep it in the same world. This franchise has so many possibilities. This would be a writers dream.
CorndogBurglar - 4/11/2014, 7:47 AM
This guy is a complete psycho. I can't wait to see them bring him on, and it makes the most sense right now. They'll probably start next season with the gang heading toward DC, and end the mid-season finale with them introducing Negan. At least thats how I would do it.

Anyway, yeah, this guy is a psycho. The Governor was more of a sympathetic villain in the show, so it'll be cool to see someone that is just off the deep end.
CorndogBurglar - 4/11/2014, 7:49 AM

Yeah, he says he detests rape and sexual violence, yet as a pittance, he basically forces the people under his protection to let him have his way with all the females.

So as you can see, his views are a bit skewed.
teinen - 4/11/2014, 7:49 AM
Henry Rollins
edge9000x - 4/11/2014, 7:50 AM
I know it's a crazy idea but I think Danny McBride would be good for Negan. They talk exactly the same way. Not that big of a stretch after seeing him in This Is The End. Practically the same character.
FantasticSpidey - 4/11/2014, 7:50 AM
I believe this is why they changed the Governor so much. Negan is basically just a more extreme version of the Governor in the comics, So pulling the Governor a different direction, opens a larger gap between the two characters to make them more unique.

So the change that happened to the Governor was important to a better character in my opinion.
antman8o8 - 4/11/2014, 7:51 AM

teinen - 4/11/2014, 7:51 AM
@Desrow that doesn't look like a fatal wound to me?
iMVuze - 4/11/2014, 7:56 AM
@ teinen

The knife has zombie residue on it. Give the comics a read.
RetroFit - 4/11/2014, 7:57 AM
Jon Hamm would have made an amazing grizzled older, worn out Batman.
Klone - 4/11/2014, 7:58 AM

I'm pretty sure that isn't literal. I've seen panels where he has killed his own followers for trying to rape others.
sKeemAn - 4/11/2014, 8:01 AM
I'm excited for this. Negan is going to [frick] shit up
Lizardking310 - 4/11/2014, 8:03 AM
Common this was a big no sh** that he's gonna be on the show
charlie2094 - 4/11/2014, 8:05 AM

And he's also burnt peoples faces, bashed Glenn's brains in and just generally foul 100% of the time. Pretty much nothing redeemable about him, not like the Governor in the show at least...

It's probably why they made Governor more interesting and redeemable, as Negan is like the comic Governor just even more extreme. About as 'bad' as you can get
McGee - 4/11/2014, 8:06 AM
He is going to kill Daryl. Calling that shit right now
Klone - 4/11/2014, 8:22 AM

Well if you detest rape/sexual violence and are dead against that is somewhat a redeemable trait lol.
Superman1974 - 4/11/2014, 8:29 AM
Canon108 - 4/11/2014, 8:31 AM
Patrick Warburton or John Hamm would be perfect for the role...
Gusto - 4/11/2014, 8:48 AM
Rosie O'Donnell would be perfect.
Dedpool - 4/11/2014, 8:50 AM
SFCamerica - 4/11/2014, 8:55 AM
Give the whole comics-to-live action thing a rest, they don't, and franky shouldn't be exactly the same. Some people get so bent out of shape about it. As long as the character is still interesting and fun to watch. With the beg exception of Nolan's last two "Batman" movies, he wasn't even the best detective in the Palisades, let alone the world. Those were gritty crime dramas in costumes, enjoyable, but not Batman!
dutchman - 4/11/2014, 8:56 AM
that dude is one sick neuk in the comic the last one he kinda kills rick
can't wait for the next one
IAmNotGr00t - 4/11/2014, 8:57 AM
I always picture Negan as Diedrich Bader. Idk why
Morbius - 4/11/2014, 9:09 AM
Would love to see that Ahole on the show would make the governor look like a teletuby.
StarGateCommand - 4/11/2014, 9:10 AM
When its time for Negan to get his just desserts, I hope they have something creative in mind to put him out of his misery. Throwing him into a crowd of zombies would be too kind.
beane2099 - 4/11/2014, 9:22 AM
I like some of the choices I've seen in the comments page. Henry Rollins, Vinnie Jones and Patrick Warburton are all great choices. But I gott a say Rollins would be the best guy for the job.
Lizardking310 - 4/11/2014, 9:34 AM
John Hamm i think has more sense to be on this SH** show sorry but the level of tolerance for this show is unbelievable
CorndogBurglar - 4/11/2014, 9:34 AM

"Well if you detest rape/sexual violence and are dead against that is somewhat a redeemable trait lol"

But you're forgetting that he ISN'T dead against it. He might say it and act out on it when other people do it, but he turns around and does the same thing. He has a whole group of other men's wives that he has set up like he's some kind of Indian Royalty or something. Like his own harem or something.

So yeah, he can say he detests that all he wants, but he's a fraud because he's still basically having all these other women sleep with him that don't really want to.
FanofMrSunday58 - 4/11/2014, 9:51 AM
They had better give him the foulest mouth that we've seen since... well the comic version. The guy is a brutal murderous monster that probably kills anyone who says, "Umm sir? Could you tone down the language? There's a child present." and probably in the most brutal way imaginable. I know whole families watch this show, I don't know why they think it's smart to expose their kids to stuff like this, but I know they do. But the foulmouthed murderous thug is what makes Negan who he is and if they are thinking of taking that away, then they shouldn't have him in the show.
THEBAMF - 4/11/2014, 10:36 AM
[frick] yeah Henry Rollins!!!!
AF613 - 4/11/2014, 10:44 AM
just my opinion, but after seeing Bill Paxton on SHIELD, he looks visually great for the role of Negan.
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