Spoiler alert! The following article contains spoilers for both The Walking Dead show and comics. You have been warned.
How the hell does someone like Negan become such a twisted psychopath? Did something awful happen to him that turned him into a veritable monster, or was he always that evil? According to #TheWalkingDead producer Scott Gimple, there's a "loose plan in place" to tell Negan's backstory and answer those burning questions.
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Gimple hinted at the reveal of Negan's life pre-apocalypse, possibly in a series of Lost-style flashbacks. According to Gimple, the backstory will most likely be based on the comic miniseries, Here's Negan:
"There’s some aspects of it that will probably be cool [on the show]. It’s some fairly far-flung stuff… in the future, you will see some stuff from that."
Seven issues of Here's Negan have been released, with another five to go. Judging from what we've seen in Here's Negan so far, what can we expect to find out about his mysterious past?
1. Lucille's Origins
Ever thought it's kind of creepy how Negan refers to Lucille as his sexy lady friend? Well, it's about to get a whole lot creepier. Before he was carrying around a bat wrapped in barbed wire, there was a different Lucille in Negan's life: His wife.
That's right, Negan was married. Sadly, his wife passed away from terminal cancer on the first day of the virus outbreak; Negan was in the hospital with her when the zombies began to wreak havoc. Could the show reveal that Negan and his wife were actually in the same hospital where Rick lay comatose?
Back to the topic of Lucille, naming your top choice of murder weapon after your dead wife in an effort to memorialize her is a little strange. But hey, maybe "immortalize me in the most badass makeshift weapon ever" was her last wish?
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2. Negan's Polyamorous Past
Sherry may be Negan's current number two gal (right after Lucille), but it probably won't stay that way for long. Back in the day, Negan was pushing the boundaries of traditional relationship dynamics by juggling both his marriage and another girlfriend. To be fair, he may have actually been cheating on his wife; Here's Negan isn't explicit on that. The show might delve into his romantic past a little more and clear up his stance on monogamy.
Just remember, Negan: The key to a successful open relationship is honest communication. Though with the looming risk of having Negan explode in a torturous rage if you so much as glance at him the wrong way, the ladies in his life are probably pretty light-lipped.
3. His Love For Cracking Heads
Finding that thing that drives you is such a special experience. Do you remember when you discovered your love for your favorite hobby? The first time you played a video game? The day you discovered cross stitch? For Negan, that special thing is bashing skulls. And boy, does he have a knack for it!
Frankly, Negan doesn't really get off to a great start with cracking heads; he faces a small ethical dilemma after taking out a couple of walkers with a fire extinguisher. Obviously he learned to grasp the concept that killing a zombie isn't the same as killing a living person. Though maybe he moved past it a little too fast, and progressed to being A-OK with outright murdering people for his own pleasure. Time to pump the brakes, buddy.
However, one thing is for certain: There's probably going to be a whole bunch of head-exploding scenes involving array of blunt objects for apocalypse newbie Negan. Personally, I can't wait for the gory results!
4. His Wicked Sense Of Humor
The Walking Dead's strong point has always been its character development. Seeing characters like Carol evolve from timid domestic abuse victim to ruthless killer has become one of the show's most iconic narrative devices. Will we see the same happen to Negan? Well, not quite.
Here's Negan shows us the Negan we all know and despise: A cocky, joke-cracking jerk who has a gift for picking the most inappropriate times to practice his standup routine. If you're expecting an origins story featuring a mild-mannered suburban dweller who gets turned into an insensitive douche post-apocalypse, you're out of luck. But if you're a fan of Negan's comedic stylings, you are in for a treat!
In Here's Negan, he claims to have "traded in nice for funny a long time ago". Will we get to see the real pre-zombie turning point that switched him from nice guy to asshole? We'll have to wait and see!
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