Robert Kirkman Discusses Negan Appearing On THE WALKING DEAD

The Governor (David Morrisey) has come and gone but readers of the Kirkman comic book know there's an even nastier villain around the corner. How soon before Negan and Lucille terrorize Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and co.?

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By Mark Julian - 12/19/2013
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Robert Kirkman spoke about the chances of Negan appearing on AMC's The Walking Dead. "Well, there was a lot of breathing room in the comics between them,” says Kirkman on that very subject. He continued, "Whether or not we have the same amount of breathing room, or if we do cut that down a little bit and bring him into the show a little early remains to be seen. But I definitely do think there needs to be some kind of space from a Governor into a Negan. You have to have something of a break in there. So I wouldn’t expect him to be showing up — definitely not in season 4. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect it too soon. But we are all very excited about the prospect of bringing that guy into the show. The plan is that we will see him eventually."

So, no Negan in Season 4 but what about Season 5? Perhaps we will see some teasers or easter eggs in the back-half of the new season foreshadowing Negan and the Saviors impending arrival. There are rumors currently swirling about that once the main survivor groups are introduced on the show, there will be a movie produced depicting their climactic confrontation currently being played out in the ongoing Image Comics series from Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. But we're still a couple of seasons away from that occurring at least.

When do you want to see Negan introduced and who would you pick to play him?


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"The Walking Dead, the most watched drama in basic cable history, will return for a sixteen episode fourth season on October 13, 2013.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Danai Gurira . The series is executive produced by Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, and Gale Anne Hurd."


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
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tricklove187 - 12/19/2013, 3:46 AM
Negan for the last 2 seasons. I want the hunters this season or next.
thalidomide - 12/19/2013, 3:48 AM
I hope he kills Glenn the same way he did in the comics.
tricklove187 - 12/19/2013, 3:51 AM
@thalidomide Ditto! Ma..ma..mm...Maggie! Smash.
Demongod20 - 12/19/2013, 3:53 AM
SuperCat - 12/19/2013, 3:58 AM
SuperCat - 12/19/2013, 4:01 AM
Tyrus - 12/19/2013, 4:01 AM
Yeah, save Negan for later, probably the last season. However, don't have him kill Abe...
Tyrus - 12/19/2013, 4:19 AM
@MAC

Hell naw to TV Governor being an upgrade from the comics... Comic-Guv is yes, like you said, pure evil, but it was so much easier to like and hate him as an antagonist. TV Governor was so watered down. I swear that they were trying to get us to like him in the last few episodes - that's not how it should have been. Being disappointed in TV Governor, I'm worried that they'll screw Negan as well.
blackop0189 - 12/19/2013, 4:22 AM
Negan should be played by Brian Bloom. The guy who played Pike in the A-Team, and voices Black Mask in Arkham Origins.

mctrinket - 12/19/2013, 4:23 AM
Comic book Governor was much better.
blackop0189 - 12/19/2013, 4:27 AM
@Tyrus I agree, his episodes were unnecessary this season. They broke up the flow of the show. Also if they could give Tyreese something to do, that'd be great. He's suffering from what I like to call "T-dog syndrome."
Demongod20 - 12/19/2013, 4:33 AM


blazebyrne - 12/19/2013, 5:33 AM
I am so glad I'm up to date on the comics, as there are so many [frick]ing spoilers on this page. Not cool guys.
Demongod20 - 12/19/2013, 5:49 AM
@ greenlanternsF

The writers said the more beloved the character the more brutal the death would be.
knocturnalzen10 - 12/19/2013, 5:52 AM
glenn got it so bad an all rick could do is watch negan is an animal worst than the dead
knocturnalzen10 - 12/19/2013, 5:54 AM
@supercat


lmao lol smh .................church !
TheOnlyFanOfSentry - 12/19/2013, 6:18 AM
jon Hamm -



C'mon....
antman8o8 - 12/19/2013, 6:36 AM
I'm with @BlackOP on this one, Brian Bloom be a cool choice. He was such a dick in the A-Team he'd be fit well in this role. The show will most likely either save Glenn or give someone else the ol' head smash (but I'm hoping not). Hershel filling in the Tyrese move really got me in the feels so they could change it too.
teinen - 12/19/2013, 7:18 AM
I thought it was obvious, Henry Rollins haha.
cdpacheco89 - 12/19/2013, 7:18 AM
This last saga of the comics is my favorite, not only can I not wait to see the type of shit negan does but Jesus and Ezekiel are awesome too. Season 5 needs to be all about arriving in Washington and the shift of power n such. Negan might be like the last episode of sewson 5, plus that way it gives the comics time to get ahead
GageHarts - 12/19/2013, 7:23 AM
I hope they don't make a movie that is in line with the show. It will pull away from it and not really be the same. If you have seen Dead Like Me then the movie they made for it you'll understand my discomfort.
Ricbr - 12/19/2013, 7:32 AM
Bobby Cannavale. Watch him on last seasons Boardwalk Empire and he pretty much was Negan.

jasonicus - 12/19/2013, 8:04 AM
Hopefully not for a long time. There are like 50 issues in between the Governor and Negan.
rabid - 12/19/2013, 8:34 AM
Negan is a terrible lifeless character. I'd rather have the Governor somehow survive and return in place of Negan. Their philosophies are nearly identical.
damntree - 12/19/2013, 9:05 AM
Yeah, Negan is the shittiest one dimensional villain ever made. The fanboys of this comic are pathetic; it has gone to shit and they praise everything in it. Negan is a boring rehash of the governor. You got a kung-fu super ranger named Jesus; and not the Hispanic Jesus. Then you got ren-fair Bob Marley running around with a pet tiger. How much more ridiculous could it get?

And like Kirkman knew someone would say Negan is just the governor so he went out of his way to have a couple panels where Negan kills one of his guys for trying to rape a girl. As if Negan is all appalled at the idea of rape. This is coming from a guy who wantonly kills for barely any reason. This comic is so terrible now.

l0rdleg0las - 12/19/2013, 9:15 AM
If they do bring in Negan I hope he kills Rick of Carl the way he did Glen in the comic. Glen is at least a character that is not annoying. Carl should have died seasons ago and Rick just sucks, damn mopey bastard.
Geotheleo - 12/19/2013, 9:29 AM
When Glenn was killed, "oh look your eye is coming out of your [frick]ing skull" Shit scarred me... Never been affected by a comic book like that
DarthDan - 12/19/2013, 10:17 AM
There is no way in hell you can do Negan justice on the small screen... Not when every other word out of his mouth is "[frick]"...
DarthDan - 12/19/2013, 10:18 AM
Hey damntree - [frick] off
BlackGetsuga3 - 12/19/2013, 10:34 AM
@geo I know what you mean bro, I wasn't straight for a week after reading that, felt like I lost a friend, when his jaw is halfway falling off and he was somehow still screaming for Maggie I actually felt a little sick...
IRONRED - 12/19/2013, 11:07 AM
NEGAN = PATRICK WARBURTON

Geotheleo - 12/19/2013, 11:28 AM
@BG3 yeah... Dude I felt like I had to show everybody because I didn't want to be the only person I knew who witnessed it!
charlie2094 - 12/19/2013, 11:43 AM
Imagine Negan will be saved for Season 6, plenty of material to cover between then, to do him so soon after the Governor would be a mistake, just be continual comparisons.

Honestly really liked the Governor in the show, think they made him into a very interesting, scary and complex villain and actually prefer Morriseys portrayal to the more 1-dimensional comic Governor, who was still good! Hopefully they have the same success with Negan, when they get round to him
CyberBishop - 12/19/2013, 3:37 PM
I would think the hunters would be the second half of season 4 maybe first half of season 5 with Maybe Negan coming in as Charlie2094 said in season 6.. There are so many things they can cover.
mikeisicc - 12/19/2013, 10:41 PM
Fassbender or Ben foster would both be great as crazy ass negan.too bad won't happen though
MightyZeus - 12/20/2013, 6:05 AM
I am looking forward to seeing Neagan sooner rather than later. I loved The Governor in The Walking Dead tv show.

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