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Before you start reading, let's do this one thing; do NOT read ahead if you:
1) Haven't seen the season 6 finale of 'The Walking Dead,' 'Last Day on Earth'
2) You're way behind on the show
3) You haven't read the comics
4) You have read the comics, but you still don't want to have the latest TWD action spoiled for you
5) Don't like The Walking Dead (is that possible?!)
6) Just hate spoilers in general

Alrighty! Let's get on with this.

I'll try not to get into why this latest cliffhanger ticked me off too much, or how the episode, while great, was still WAY too much driving up and down roads. I enjoyed seeing Rick slowly break down, realizing just how not in control he was, but that cliffhanger! I knew it was coming thanks to a certain shut down (is it still shut down?) spoiler Facebook page, but it still infuriated me that the writers would...crap, I'm doing it, aren't I? Sorry!

Let's talk about one of the most intriguing parts of the episode, to me anyway. That would be the start of one of the weirdest, strangest, and sometimes creepiest, “friendships” in The Walking Dead's history.

No, I'm not talking about Rickriel and their sudden bro-ness.

I'm referring to Negan and Carl.

From the moment that Jeffrey Dean Morgan damn near straight up steals his lines right out of the comics-

We get to witness the start of this strange pairing. From the get-go in the comics, Negan has this strange fondness for our favorite one-eyed dude, and it lasts from Issue 100 all the way to the current Issue 152, where Negan has apparently escaped from his cell. This is years after the war ended where Negan is defeated and taken into custody.

They both go from this-

To this-

To this - when Negan and Carl have one of their little talks while Negan sits in his cell one day in the future -

But rewind way back to the days after Negan killed Glenn, Carl sneaks onto a vehicle leaving Alexandria one day, and kills some of Negan's men:

This exchange occurs when Negan talks to Carl after he captures him:

he apologizes!
he apologizes!

See what I'm getting at? This is one screwed up friendship these two have, and that's just in a comic. Can you imagine what it's going to look like being played out onscreen?

After that last few comic panels, Negan makes Carl sing him a song. He sings: “You are my Sunshine.”


Can you imagine Chandler Riggs singing a song to Jeffrey Dean Morgan? I doubt it would go anything like this:

If anyone else tried half the crap Carl's done to Negan and his men, they'd get the iron or Lucille...something would happen to their face either way.

No matter what you thought about the Season 6 finale, come Season 7, we'll all get to finally find out who got the bat, and just how screwy Negan is going to act around Carl.

And considering how Negan is around for over 50 issues straight, you have to wonder how long he's going to be around in the show. As awesome as Jeffrey Dean Morgan was in his few minutes of screen time as Negan, it could be awhile!


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