If the thought of one beloved character on The Walking Dead meeting their untimely demise at the hands of Negan and Lucille wasn’t enough to break your heart, a statement in Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s recent interview with Den of Geek’s special edition New York Comic Con edition featured on comicbook.com will definitely be what does it.
Negan’s not just going to kill one person in [the premiere]. He’s not afraid of bashing in skulls.
In the comic books, while violent, Negan stops at one brutal kill within the Alexandria group but in the series, Jeffrey talks about becoming a much more violent and ruthless version of one of the most feared and somehow desirable villains of all time. He’s also had time to adjust to his role and he feels comfortable with Lucille in his hands and The Walking Dead’s world at his feet.
As soon as the cameras are rolling and I get Lucille in my hand, it kind of just transforms me. This character in particular has been such a joy to play for me. Put the dark stuff aside and the horrible things that Negan does… As an actor, it’s just been so much fun. We’re kind of midway through filming season seven, so I feel like I’m pretty locked in.
Jeffrey himself is such a charming guy that he always brings a special soul to the characters he transforms into for his roles. Negan is no different. While fans are programmed to hate him for everything he stands for and all the death and seemingly heartlessness he brings; there’s a spark about him that has already been felt in those awful seven minutes of the season 6 end. While most viewers voiced their disdain towards Negan, just as many voiced their curiosity and the struggle between hating him and knowing there’s something there that they’ll inevitably fall for.
The cast of TWD have been enjoying their breaks in filming by visiting various conventions and hanging out off set; there’s a strong bond between them all. That bond is only intensified by the amount of heart they put into truly becoming the characters they play.
While saying goodbye to (more than) one character at season 7’s opening seems impossible; the sad truth is finally in our faces and we can’t avoid it: Negan may as well stand for death and destruction, and we may be a bit masochistic for anticipating it so eagerly.