We're just over a week out from the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead and one thing's for certain: Negan is about to unleash carnage. Despite only spending around 11 minutes on screen so far, Negan has basically already established himself as one serious threat and that's not going to change in the Season 7 premiere.
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So with Negan finally joining The Walking Dead, what the cast and crew think of his introduction? Well, if a recent Q&A is to be believe, they basically think that he's about to change the entire show forever. Take a look at what the cast and crew of the series have to say about the series newest Big Bad, and what kind of roller coaster ride you might have to strap yourself in for over the upcoming 16 episodes:
Andrew Lincoln a.k.a Rick Grimes
On why Negan is a much bigger threat than any other villain in the series:
The Governor was much more about secrets. You didn't know what the Governor was doing. Negan is very clear. He is very open with the people he meets. There is a charm, but there is a terrifying logic as well.
On whether or not Rick has met his match:
Without a doubt he has, absolutely. Everything is changed. The playing field has irrevocably changed.
Norman Reedus a.k.a Daryl Dixon
On why Negan is so dangerous for the group:
Negan is a cold-blooded killer and he’s got the numbers. He’s got an army of people who all call themselves Negan. They are doing everything he says. There’s no way around that right now.
On what Negan has over the group that other threats didn't:
Fear. Fear is a bigger motivator than love or revenge or anything else. He is putting fear in people and that does wonders. It is particularly cruel because he uses a nursery rhyme. He’s not remorseful and it’s not personal. It’s just going to happen... just to keep the order.
Steven Yeun a.k.a Glenn Rhee
On how the group underestimated Negan’s power and capabilities:
There is a cockiness to the group, not arrogance. We think we can overcome all odds. Last season, Glenn says we were wrong about the world, it is much much bigger. And now we have to figure it out all over again. The threats that we have experienced are not even close to the threats that are really truly out there. It is definitely a humbling moment, but I still wouldn't count out our cockiness.
Lauren Cohan a.k.a Maggie Greene
On how Negan impacted The Walking Dead:
It’s not an impact – it’s a completely unrecognizable remnant once he comes onto the scene.
On what makes Negan such an good villain:
He can read people very quickly. He is a very good judge of character despite being a despicable character.
Chandler Riggs a.k.a Carl Grimes
On how Carl underestimated Negan:
Not only Carl, but the entire group, underestimated Negan’s power. They’ve beaten Terminus and the Governor and a bunch of other groups so they did not think Negan and the Saviors would be that big of a problem – until they are all on their knees.
Danai Gurira a.k.a Michonne
On how Negan has changed the course of the series:
They have never seen this type of force in this world yet. The game has changed. We hope we can still play it.
Sonequa Martin-Green a.k.a Sasha Williams
On what makes Negan different from other evil characters:
He is using psychological abuse. That makes him different and more dangerous than anyone we have ever faced before. In his mind, he is more valuable than anyone else and that is sickening.
On what made the group so instantly terrified of Negan and the Saviors:
It was immediately alarming running out of the woods with Maggie on the stretcher and the first thing you hear are all these piercing whistles. When we reach the clearing, it is deafening. It's coming from everywhere. You hear before you see just how many people are here. Then the lights flash on and you are completely confused.
Alanna Masterson a.k.a Tara Chambler
On how Negan has changed the group forever:
You’ve watched these characters grow together, fight together, and stick together through everything. Now you're a little bit worried that maybe they are not going to make it through. Maybe they won’t stay together because there is such a force of evil coming from this man. He is the biggest threat.
Josh McDermitt a.k.a Eugene Ford
On how Negan has turned the group's world on its head:
We thought we were in this nice little community where our biggest worry was we don’t have enough food. Negan came in and made this world much larger than we thought it was, while making our world a lot smaller.
On what makes Negan so threatening:
It’s a pretty sadistic game that Negan is playing using a child’s game to kill someone. It’s so nonchalant and everyday for him. It lets you know you are not in charge. You are not the ones pulling the strings anymore. This is a scary time for this group.
Christian Serratos a.k.a Rosita Espinosa
On why Negan is so threatening:
He has no empathy.
Seth Gilliam a.k.a Father Gabriel
On what Negan brings to the world of The Walking Dead:
Negan introduces calculated brutality. That is a very different dynamic than we’ve seen in this world.
Ross Marquand a.k.a Aaron
On how Negan impacts the story of The Walking Dead:
Negan has been a pervasive threat for most of last season. Even before he was revealed, there is this notion that he is everywhere. He is this ubiquitous force of negativity and darkness that is very terrifying. Just when they think they have the upper hand, they realize that they have only touched the tip of the iceberg. There is so much beneath what they think they know.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan a.k.a Negan
On the difference between Rick and Negan:
There isn’t anything in this world that Rick doesn’t understand. Negan just goes about it in his own different way and sees a little bit more humor. Rick is a dark character. Where Rick went dark, Negan made a joke out of the whole thing. He found out that is a very effective way to lead people.
On what the fans should know about Negan:
He talks a lot. He loves the sound of his own voice. Don’t get lulled by that. The second you think it’s another Negan monologue, maybe it’s not.
Scott M. Gimple - Executive producer, showrunner and writer
On how will Negan continue to use his resources to maintain his power:
Negan has an incredible amount of power, both in his cult personality and his practical man power. He has legions and legions of people who identify themselves as him. He’s got a system that has worked very well by him and it fairly immediately neutralized Rick and his group, who are quite formidable. Negan knows people. He knows human nature. He knows himself. For a powerful and smart person to know human nature that well – that is very dangerous.
On why is Negan such an important character as this story moves forward:
Negan upends the entire story.
Gale Anne Hurd - Executive Producer
On what viewers should fear most about Negan:
The fans should fear the most that Negan is capable of killing anyone. Anyone that you may love on the show in a split second could be gone.
On whether or not the group can survive their encounters with Negan:
The show is about survival. The very ethos of this show is that even in the darkest hour there is going to be the dawn. You learn from your mistakes and you find a way to make it through until tomorrow. Once the sun comes up, you make it through until the next day. There is never going to be a point where over all as a group – maybe individuals might give up – but as a group, they live for each other, they support each other, and that group gives each one of them a reason to live.
Robert Kirkman - Executive producer, writer
On why Negan is different from other bad guys:
The character of Negan, especially how Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays him, is so warm and engaging, while threatening and terrifying. You don’t want him to kill you, but you are engaged in the entire scenario and you don’t want him to stop talking. Because of that, his character is going to be very well-loved despite what he does.
Tom Luse - Executive Producer
On whether or not Negan lives by a certain code:
The character of Negan in the comic books that Robert Kirkman wrote represents might equals right. What Negan has done is created an Army, and that Army believes in him. He uses might to control the destiny of the area around him. This might is right concept is what Negan embodies for this show.
Watch The Walking Dead when it returns to AMC on October 23 at 9pm ET.
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