ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Allanah Faherty

Warning: Spoilers for The Walking Dead TV and comic series ahead.

After waiting years for him to be introduced, and then months waiting for his victim to be revealed, it's now fair to say that Negan is here to stay. And, given that we knew that this savage villain would be in #TheWalkingDead for some time, it shouldn't come have any surprise to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan's name added to the series' opening credits:

However, what you might not have noticed as the opening credits sped by was the unsettling references to Negan's unconventional method of punishment:

Negan's literally got irons in the fire [AMC]
Negan's literally got irons in the fire [AMC]

Not only does Jeffrey Dean Morgan's credit include the handle of Negan's baseball bat Lucille, but sitting there in the fire is another of his favor methods of punishment: an iron.

We've already seen evidence of what Negan's iron can do in the TV series, but for those of you uncertain, here's a quick run down. In the comic series readers are introduced to Negan's compound in Issue 105, and in that same issue we learn about Negan's ruthless way of punishing his Saviors.

The fire is hot and the Savior is ready to be punished [Skybound/Image Comics]
The fire is hot and the Savior is ready to be punished [Skybound/Image Comics]

In order to keep his men in line, Negan requires all of them to follow a strict set of rules, and if they break the rules they get a burning iron applied straight to their face.

The fire is hot and the Savior is ready to be punished [Skybound/Image Comics]
The fire is hot and the Savior is ready to be punished [Skybound/Image Comics]

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It's possibly the most sadistic form of punishment ever, permanently branding those who break the rules for life.

The fire is hot and the Savior is ready to be punished [Skybound/Image Comics]
The fire is hot and the Savior is ready to be punished [Skybound/Image Comics]

And, while we're yet to see Negan's main compound or his iron make a proper appearance in the series, we've already seen one of his men bearing its mark:

Dwight was obviously punished by Negan and his iron [Gene Page/AMC]
Dwight was obviously punished by Negan and his iron [Gene Page/AMC]

Ouch! I mean, it's no wire-covered baseball bat to the head, but it's no picnic either.

At any rate, given the irons inclusion in the credits it seems as though we can look forward to seeing Negan burning the faces of some of his men in the near future. Yay?

The Walking Dead airs on AMC on Sundays at 9pm ET.

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