Within the first moments that Negan’s character comes to life on The Walking Dead, he makes a hell of an impact on viewers. He’s the worst villain in TWD history but something about him is charismatic, it’s almost impossible to hate the guy through and through. Yes, he’s coming in to kill one of our favorite characters, and likely more through the course of season 7, but he’s got a larger than life persona that you can not only see, but feel. In large part, that’s due to the naturally charismatic and incredible personality that Jeffrey Dean Morgan carries himself, and the actor has shown nothing but excitement when he talks about how much he’s enjoying the process of becoming Negan.
One of the most integral parts of Negan is Lucille; the bat wrapped in barbed wire that he carries with a sense of pride. It’s not just an accessory, it’s part of Negan; it’s a physical extension of his personality. Morgan described the feeling of holding Lucille for the first time in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and how it helped him truly ‘feel’ Negan.
“It was awesome. It really kind of, for me, informed my character and who I was — just kind of the heft of her and the love that he has for her. It makes him hard, for God’s sake, just holding her. But it was great care taken with Lucille from the guys that built her.”
To take it a step farther, Morgan went on to reveal a bit about the relationship between Negan and Lucille, he put it into terms that any viewer can understand.
“There’s something about her, especially when there’s blood dripping off her. There’s a certain beauty that she has. And for me, it’s an extension of Negan. They become one in these scenes together. It’s his d—. I mean, for lack of a better thing, it really is.”
Morgan not only explained the relationship, he did it in a way that screams Negan, he’s embodied the character not only on set, but he brings Negan to interviews, thinks of him as he answers questions about the upcoming season and it leaves us wanting more.
To further explain the relationship and how important Lucille is as a character of her own, Morgan ended his interview with EW saying this.
“It’s how he walks differently with her, he holds her, and it’s a part of him. He uses her to emphasize certain points, not just ‘I’m going to kill you.’ There’s a thing that he has with Lucille, and it’s as close to love as maybe Negan will ever have. He loves Lucille. She’s a character of her own. I mean, she really is, and I love the way he talks about her and he feels about her and how he treats her. But yeah, the first time I held her I knew — this is it.”
Morgan’s dedication to Negan is one part of why fans are anxiously anticipating season 7. Everyone wants to know who gets ‘Lucilled’, to begin to move forward with the remaining characters, but also to get a grasp of what Negan brings to the table and how he changes the lives of the characters we’ve grown to love.
It will also be very interesting to see how Morgan brings to life the relationship between Negan and Lucille, the closest thing to ‘love’ he ever really feels.
The pieces of the puzzle will all start coming together during the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead on October 23rd on AMC.
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