WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead comic series.
Ever since the character of Negan was introduced in The Walking Dead comic series, fans have wondered exactly why he decided to give his weapon of choice — a gnarly barbed-wire-covered baseball bat — the rather feminine name "Lucille."
However, thanks to the fourth installment in the 12-part comic series focussing on Negan's backstory titled Here's Negan, we now finally know exactly why he picked that name, and to be honest, the reason might break your heart.
So far, four issues of Here's Negan have been released, each consisting of four pages of panels, to make up a third of the eventual 48-page story. In the first issue we learned that Negan was a school gym teacher and coach in his pre-apocalypse life when we saw scenes of him harshly coaching children at table tennis. The issue ended with Negan's wife collapsing on the ground, and having a seizure.
In the second issue it was revealed that Negan's wife had been diagnosed with cancer, and after not dealing with the news very well, Negan had an affair. Then In the third installment Negan broke off the affair (which his wife knew about), and as his wife slowly deteriorated, Negan's soft side was revealed, showing his dedication to her and his devastation over the idea that she might die. Finally, as Issue 3 ended, Negan's wife was on her death bed and the hospital was being evacuated. After Negan refused to leave his ailing wife, the scene outside the hospital window indicated that the apocalypse had begun.
So, with the apocalypse underway, Issue 4 details Negan's realization that something weird is happening in the hospital. Then, after busying himself barricading the door to his wife's hospital room, he feels for his wife pulse, only to realize she has died. As he cries, he hears loud noises outside the hospital and watches as a horde of walkers surround a car. Suddenly Negan hears a "guh" behind him, and turning around sees his dead wife has reanimated. As she falls off the bed, Negan asks "Lucille?"
There we have it, after much internet speculation, we finally have complete and total confirmation that Negan named Lucille after his dearly departed wife, or as he says in the comics "the only bitch I've ever truly loved."
While it was one of the more obvious theories out there, I have to say it feels quite good to finally know for sure how Lucille was named. Not to mention that it goes a hell of a way to humanize Negan, given that it's now apparent that as much as he might have used the apocalypse to his advantage, he's still a person who has suffered loss as much as any of our favorite characters. In fact, Lucille could have even originated as a coping mechanism, much like Rick using an old telephone to talk to Lori after she died.
With eight issues still to be released in Here's Negan it seems as though we're going to get to see a lot more of Negan's rise to the Saviors, and let's not forget - he hasn't even created Lucille itself yet! The next issue of Here's Negan will be released exclusively inside the August issue of Image+ magazine.
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Did you suspect this was the reason Negan named his weapon Lucille?