In Defense of Negan on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6

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In Defense of Negan on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6


Negan is unequivocally the greatest villain in the history of The Walking Dead thanks to a combination of charm, twisted humor and savage behavior, but is the big bad really evil personified, or is he just misunderstood?

We know Negan kills Glenn upon first meeting by beating him to a pulp with his baseball bat in the comics, and even though his introduction might not play out in exactly that way on TV, we’re pretty sure someone is going to be on the wrong end of Lucielle.

As much as we’d hate to lose Glenn Rhee, Daryl Dixon, or anybody else, the fact that Negan only kills one of our people after they’ve murdered countless Saviors isn’t outrageous at all.

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To recap, Daryl blew up those Saviors in the midseason premiere, and Rick Grimes and several others tricked their way into the group’s compound only to kill many more while they slept. Let’s also not forget what Maggie Greene and Carol Peletier did to the crew who captured them in Episode 13.

If the situation were reversed and The Saviors had killed this many of our survivors, we know Rick would be seeking revenge. Big time.

The Saviors Have Eugene in The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 14
Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

“Through another lens, he’s not a bad guy at all in the comic,” TWD showrunner Scott Gimple says of Negan. “He does some horrible things, but our people do some horrible things… he has a reason for them.”

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“He’s not a psychopath, and in some ways, he has this bizarre sort of empathy to him. It’s bizarre that he actually does have some empathy and he does have a system and he does have, in some ways, even reason,” Scott tells Entertainment Weekly. “There are a lot of moments that are so terrifying because you can’t reason with him because he’s made up his mind on something. But he does reason things out.”

If reason is part of Negan’s MO, then, dare we say it, we can’t actually blame him for killing So someone from our crew. An eye for an eye, right?

So long as Negan doesn’t kill Glenn (or Daryl, or Maggie, or Rick or Carol) then we’re fine with it!

The Walking Dead Season 6 airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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