There's only a few days left before the release of the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, and the intense reactions of the cast to the script have got fans wondering if they're even going to be able to take it. The main reason for such a shocker of an episode is of course the arrival of Negan, one of the most feverishly expected characters on the show. So who exactly is he, and why will his introduction to the world of the Walking Dead transform the show forever?
Here are nine things about Negan that might not prepare you for what's about to happen, but will allow you to get a good idea of the man.
1. He Will Be Played By Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Mad Men's Jon Hamm had long been rumored for the iconic role of Negan, but it was Jeffrey Dean Morgan who finally snatched the part. He's mostly known for playing Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy, where he strikes up a romantic relationship with Katherine Heigl's character.
2. He's The Leader Of The Saviors
Another community could prove to be a threat worse than the walkers for the survivors of Alexandria. The Saviors are one of the largest groups of survivors in the region, based in a factory called the Sanctuary. They're lead by Negan and rule by fear.
3. He Carries Around A Weapon Named Lucille
Lucille is the name he gave to his dear baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. You'll never see him without her, and we know he's going to use her as soon as he makes an entrance.
4. He's A Charismatic Psychopath
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, comic creator Robert Kirkman shed a bit more light on Negan's personality:
"Negan is kind. Negan is respectful. Negan is psychotic. Negan is ruthless. This is a very nuanced character that has a lot of different shades to him. There's a lot of honor to him. There's a rule system in place. I think he's unlike anything anybody's experienced in 'The Walking Dead' thus far."
Asked if he was any different from the story's previous main villain, The Governor, he explained how Negan was way more calculated:
"He's definitely a different kind of bad guy. He's sadistic and dangerous and all those things that you would expect from a Governor, but he's much more in control. He's much less sporadic and he has much less of a temper. This is not a guy who's going to lose control and start shooting his own people the way the Governor did."
This is going to be a challenge on a whole new level for Rick!
5. He Swears All The F*cking Time
There's rarely a sentence said by Negan in the comics that doesn't contain a swear word, so it's going to be interesting to see how much of that AMC is going to keep on screen. He's quite funny, too, with a dark and twisted sense of humor.
6. He Kills A Beloved Character
Well, the main reason Negan's impending arrival on the show is met with such tingling anticipation is that we know at least one of our beloved characters is going to meet a pitiless and gruesome death in the shape of Lucille.
In the comics, it's poor Glenn who gets bludgeoned to death, but speculation about who it's going to be in the show has been going wild. What if it's Maggie? Could it be Daryl, who got shot at the end of Episode 15? We'll have to wait till April 3 to find out.
7. He Sees Himself In Carl
Adding to the rivalry destined to grow between Rick and Negan, it's interesting to know that in the comics, Negan grows quite fond of Carl, Rick's son. Although Carl obviously sees Negan as an enemy, the many tragedies he's had to live through despite his young age have made him quite unstable and prone to negative thoughts, which could allow for a peculiar bond to arise between him and Negan.
8. His Arrival Leads To The All Out War
In the comics, Negan appears in issue #100 and the All Out War starts 15 issues later — which means we can probably expect it on the show in not such a long time. The war sees Rick join forces with the Hilltop and Kingdom communities to go up against Negan, but even with three against one, the fight is far from easy. All in all, we can see how Negan's arrival is the forecast of a drastic change for the survivor communities.
9. He's Based On Henry Rollins
Now a journalist, radio host and motivational speaker Henry Rollins was the frontman of the hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986, before leading the Rollins Band from 1987 to 2003.
When asked if Negan was worse than The Governor at a 2012 Comic-Con Walking Dead panel, Adlard said "Well, he's based on Henry Rollins, so you know he's badass."