The final special episode of “The Walking Dead” was all about Negan’s origins. What have we learned about the former series villain played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan?
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“This is Negan!” Announced for many weeks, the episode of The Walking Dead devoted to the past of the former leader of the Saviors was broadcast last Sunday in the United States, and the next day at home in US + 24 on OCS Choc.
Former villain of the series, murderer of several of the heroes (including Glenn and Abraham), Negan has been on a path to redemption for several seasons. Freed from his prison in Alexandria, he notably played a major role in the fall of Alpha and in the war against his Whisperers. Not yet pardoned by the heroes, he nevertheless enjoys a status quo and relative freedom.
Maggie’s return was a game-changer, however. The icy reunion with her husband’s murderer rekindled the wounds of the past, and it was to avoid an inevitable bloodshed that Carol decided to impose a new exile on Negan. Confronted with this form of loneliness, the latter then saw the ghosts of his past resurface, and in the first place that of his wife: Lucille.
Often mentioned, the latter had never yet appeared in the series and for good reason, since she died in the first months of the apocalypse. At the time, Negan was not yet on the show, and it was as the bloodthirsty group leader – the Saviors – that he was introduced in the first episode of Season 7.
This new special episode has shed light on Negan’s past through several flashbacks. The opportunity to discover a man more harmless than expected, while he initially loathes killing the living dead who surround the house he occupies with his wife, who is diagnosed with cancer.
Although united in the face of the disease, and more generally in the face of the apocalyptic situation, the two spouses see elements of their painful past resurface: we then discover an immature Negan, maintained by his wife after a stroke of blood cost him his post as a PE teacher in a high school.
Addicted to video games and addicted to compulsive online shopping like an irresponsible teenager, Negan will nonetheless reveal his true nature as a protective husband when his wife learns that she has cancer. Left to their own devices after the outbreak of the apocalypse, the spouses will therefore have to learn the basics of survival together.
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A new Negan will gradually emerge over the course of the episode. Depicted as a cowardly and even weak character, the latter will gain in depth when the situation forces him to take up arms to find the drugs necessary for his wife’s chemotherapy treatment.
The meeting of a doctor and his daughter Laura (who will also belong to the group of the Saviors) will notably allow him to get his hands on his emblematic baseball bat!
To treat his wife, Negan did not hesitate to join forces with bikers. Decidedly ready to do anything to get by, the latter – beaten up by his “associates” – does not hesitate to denounce the location of the doctor who rescued him to find his wife, who was left alone and bedridden.
In her absence, Lucille – aware that she will henceforth be a burden for her husband – has however decided to end it by taking her own life. His only message left to Negan will be to ask him not to leave her in this state, namely as an undead. A new man then appears, and it is as a cold-blooded killer that he returns to the biker warehouse to eliminate the members of the gang and save Laura and her father.
After unearthing his bat, buried in the ground following his lost fight against Rick Grimes, Negan finally manages to mourn, while they symbolically burn the weapon nicknamed Lucille in tribute to his wife. If he seems more than ever ready to make up for his past crimes, the latter maintains the doubt by returning to the survivors’ camp to send a smile to Maggie, as for her disfigured by anger.
“He’s not going to be the type to be left alone in his cabin. So when he makes the decision to come back, he’s willing to let Maggie know that he won’t submit. He’s going to stand up to her. I think that. his smile at Maggie is his way of telling her ‘I’m not going to run away from this, I’m not going to run away from you, and if you’re looking for me, here I am’ “ Jeffrey Dean Morgan told our colleagues about this sceneEntertainment Weekly.
One thing is therefore certain: the story between Maggie and Negan is far from over. Will the two characters manage to put their pasts aside for the final fight that awaits them in the eleventh – and final – season of The Walking Dead broadcast next August? Nothing is less sure…
The trailer for the episode of The Walking Dead dedicated to Negan: