(WARNING: This post contains MASSIVE spoilers for both The Walking Dead comics and The Walking Dead TV show. You've been warned.)
#TheWalkingDead’s Season 7 opened with a bang, showing Negan brutally murdering Abraham with his favorite weapon, Lucille, the baseball bat wrapped in barb wire. When Daryl tried to interfere, Negan gave the Abraham treatment to Glenn, proving that he really means business.
So, it seems that we finally have our perfect villain on the show. The Governor and the cannibals of Terminus were pretty menacing too, but Negan is the real deal. For all of the non-comic book readers out there, Negan will continue destroying people’s lives, trying to become the unquestionable ruler of the apocalyptic world. He will continue bullying, tormenting, and killing. So, when are we going to see the straw that breaks the camel’s back, when exactly will Rick and the others finally kill him, putting an end to his reign of terror?
If you’re keeping up with the comics, you will probably know that Negan isn’t dead yet. He’s actually become a big part of the whole storyline. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to kick the bucket anytime soon, since we’re talking about The Walking Dead, and in The Walking Dead no one is really safe.
So, when will Negan meet his end? Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics, has actually revealed that he is, in fact, planning to kill Negan. Here’s what he revealed awhile back, during his NYCC 2016 panel:
"When I run out of ideas for Negan, I'll just kill him. Negan was supposed to die at the end of the 'Something to Fear' arc. He was originally supposed to be in the book for only four or five issues....It was supposed to end when Maggie takes over the Hilltop. Rick was going to deliver Negan's head in a box to Maggie to say, 'I'm sorry.'"
Now, given that the show is actually way different than the comics, we might see Negan’s death quite sooner. In the comic book series, Negan seems safe for the time being. However, with his signature weapon being destroyed in the most recent issues, I think that the end is nigh for this colorful psychopath.
It all comes down to one simple question: Who is going to do the dirty job? We’ve got a number of candidates:
Now, this is the most obvious choice. Rick is the main protagonist of the show; Rick is the one who gets his hands dirty in order to guarantee the safety of the group. He actually has a lot of hatred towards Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character, since the leader of the Saviors brought his people to their knees, psychologically torturing them by showing them how truly vulnerable they are.
In the comics, Rick actually spares Negan’s life, trying to prove his superiority. He has Negan where he wants him, he can easily put him out of his misery, but he does not! Grimes wanted to prove that killing is never the answer, sparing Negan’s life and holding him captive instead. However, since the comic book series is vastly different from the TV series, I think that Rick’s decision could change.
I think that Negan getting killed by Maggie is something far more possible. I mean, Negan killed Glenn, Maggie’s other half. He scarred her for life. If I’m not mistaken, Maggie is currently pregnant, so her baby is going to grow up without a father. Glenn was the only family she had and Negan took him away from her.
In the comics, Maggie decides to follow a darker path, becoming somewhat of a leader next to Rick, ruling her group with an iron fist. There’s good evidence that she is probably going to do that in the show, too. At the end of the day, I think that she has more chances of killing Negan than Rick. That egotistical maniac made it personal, didn’t he?
These are some bad guys from the comics; they’re probably going to appear to the TV series in the next seasons. The Whisperers are a group of people dressed up in walker skin trying to pass off as zombies. They are pretty messed up people and their leader actually holds a grudge against Negan. So, the chances of this happening? Very low, if you ask me. I mean, just like the Governor, the Whisperers are threatening and all, but I just can’t see them taking out Negan, the greatest villain in the series thus far. It would be a huge bummer and I wouldn’t bet my money on it.
My Favorite Speculation As To How It Will Happen:
Robert Kirkman has confirmed that Rick isn’t going to survive the series. So, he is as good as dead, but what if Negan manages to survive longer than the beloved former sheriff? Who is going to take over after Rick’s demise? Carl, of course!
As far as the comic book goes, Carl has become independent. He has left his dad behind and started making his first steps into becoming a man of his own. I think that he’s probably going to replace Rick as the leader of the community and become the next big thing around there. Both the show and the comics have teased Negan’s interest towards Rick’s son. He seems to like the kid, despite the fact Carl screwed up his plans and that he is the son of his archenemy. I think that we’re going to see more of their weird relationship. I think that the producers and Kirkman will try to build a plot in which Negan will try to win Carl’s trust with the intention of betraying him later. He’s probably going to show him how much they are alike. After all, they both are very tough, both are kind of crazy — with comic book Carl even going so far as to kill a little child — they both are leaders; however, Carl will never trust Negan completely, and he will probably end up destroying him.
There’s also another reason why I think that Carl killing Negan is very probable:
Comic book Carl has developed a relationship with Lydia, who is the daughter of the leader of the Whisperers. Negan actually beheaded her mother and delivered her severed head to Rick (trying to say sorry for killing your people, I guess). Lydia is kind of a soulless person. She obviously likes Carl, but she has told him she doesn’t really love him. On the other hand, Carl is kind of crazy about her. I think that she’s going to serve as a bad influence on him and make him embrace his darker side. And since Negan murdered her mom, she’s probably going to make Carl avenge her death, making him kill Negan, even if the latter is trying to redeem himself by helping Carl become a better leader, in his own twisted way.
So, what do you think? Is Carl going to turn into a bad guy? Is he going to kill Negan? Or am I completely wrong? Leave your ideas down below and let me know.