Warning: There are some spoilers ahead for season 5 and from the comic book.
“The Walking Dead” fans may have been surprised this season when the new big villains this season, a group of cannibals, were quickly and brutally killed off in episode three.
It seemed like we were in for the long haul (or at least a little while) with this storyline. The leader of the cannibals, Andrew J. West’s Gareth, seemed like the successor to the show’s previous popular villain, The Governor (David Morrissey).
The Governor was on the series for two seasons. The cannibal crew lasted about a total of five episodes after heavily being teased over the course of season 4.
Now that they’re gone, the group doesn’t have any main antagonist. Sure, Beth (Emily Kinney) was taken by a group of mysterious survivors, but they don’t seem like any real threat Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors can’t handle by the close of season 5.
Any one who reads the comic knows there’s a huge fan favourite villain coming eventually to the series named Negan.
If you thought the one-eyed, prison slaughtering Governor was awful, Negan’s at least 10 times worse. The character is the leader of a large group of survivors coined “The Saviors” made up of mostly violent men. Negan delivers his own brand of justice with the swing of a bat wrapped in barbed wire he calls Lucille.
“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman confirmed to MTV News in April he’s coming eventually.
There’s just one problem.
The character isn’t the easiest to bring to life on screen. Negan is known for throwing around the “f-bomb” in nearly every panel of the comic.
While at New York Comic Con last month, we caught up with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and asked him when we could expect to see Negan on the series and how the character would be adapted to screen.
It doesn’t sound like we should be gearing up to see Negan in the rest of season 5.
“Negan says a word that you can’t say on television. I understand that. I think that there are ways around that,” Kirkman tells Business Insider. “Luckily, we’re not going to have to work that out for some time. I’m not going to say when Negan will possibly show up on the show, but it’s not any time soon.”
How do you adapt a character who appears virtually unadaptable?
It’s not even clear Kirkman’s sure yet.
“We’ll figure that out along the way,” Kirkman added. “Maybe AMC can change the rules on TV.”
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