Will Walking Dead Introduce A New Big Bad Soon?
The Walking Dead is back on the air soon, and fans of the comics know that there’s a good chance we may soon see some really terrific bad guys popping up. Walking Dead has given us an amazing cast of characters, it’s always the villains that make a story. We’ve had one amazing one in The Governor appear in the uber-popular TV show, but what else is coming down the pipeline? Let’s get a look at a the big bad villain that you should know about if you’re more of a fan of the TV show than the comic. Spoilers follow for events from the comics, but we should all know by now that the way things happen in the comics isn’t necessarily even similar to how they go down in the show.
Negan is the pioneer of a group called The Saviors and is the most important antagonist of the current comic arrangement. He assembled a group of strong men and led them into threatening adjacent survivor groups (like the merry band of misfits we’ve come to know and love, Rick and Co.). Negan sets out for retribution against Rick’s gathering after they execute a few parts of his posse. As part of this, Negan requests Abraham’s murder. He has a few trackers find the Safe Zone. At the time he and whatever remains of his pack take after and trap the gathering throughout their outing to the Hilltop. After Rick rejects an arrangement that would give Negan access to the Safe-Zone’s supplies, Negan ruthlessly kills Glenn with a baseball bat. After that, the safe-zone group provides for him a large portion of the supplies to keep him from murdering any more of their members. Negan is known for utilizing excessive disrespect when he talks, even to his own particular men, and for being a brutal leader. The show runners have actively talked about having him appear on TV, and as cruel as the Governor was, there’s a good chance we could end up hating (and hence kinda sorta loving) Negan even more.
This is a theme we’ve seen in The Walking Dead before. Negan has a lot in common with the Governor, mainly his love of power games and status. In both cases the bad guy attacking Rick’s group wasn’t doing so because Rick represented an imminent threat to their lives, but rather because Rick represented a threat to their power. The viewer knows that if the Governor (and Negan) had just stayed away, it’s unlikely the two groups would have ever clashed and no one had to die. But in the post-apocalyptic world, men like the Governor and Negan need power as much as they need food or shelter, and that’s why we once again see a bad guy proving that when zombies roam the Earth, it’s still the humans that you have to beware of.