The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner have been talking about the future of the show and the possibility of introducing characters from the comic book source material sooner than expected. Season 3 of the zombie drama saw the Governor emerge as the biggest threat to the survival of Rick and the group, but in the comics there's another villain that loves to do bad things to people called Negan. I won't divulge any spoilers, so if you want to get the lowdown on him you can find it here. Anyway, here's what Kirkman and Gimple had to say to TV Guide about the possibility of seeing Negan soon:
Kirkman: That's definitely a real temptation when you are adapting a show. It's sometimes a struggle because I feel like there are very cool things that are waiting in the wings in the comics that we could do earlier in the show. But those things only work the way they work because of everything that came before them. We have to build up to them properly. Negan isn't going to be as cool if we don't set up this, this, this, and this. We do want to do Negan, and it seems likes everyone on the show does want to do Negan, but we are going to have to do all these other things first.
Scott Gimple: Reading the book now and reading Negan as a character, I'm like, "Damn, there's so much to do before we get to him!" One of my favorite issues with him recently was the Carl/Negan issue. I think it'd be such an amazing episode of TV, but we have a lot to do before we get there.
It sounds like the show bosses are going to hold off introducing Negan for a little while longer, which I think is a wise decision. He's such a pivotal character to the development of the show that it makes sense to be patient. Plus with the Governor still on the scene there could be the real possibility of villain overload. While it's good to know that we'll see Negan at some point, I'd be very surprised if it happens before Season 5.
Over to you Walking Dead fans. Would you like to see Negan introduced soon or should the show bosses hold off for now?