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Negan will be the longest running Big Bad we’ve had on the show, the second being The Governor. And while The Governor provided us with a lot of conflict and heartache by beheading Herschel and destroying the prison, most of his character development happened away from the group. When the two worlds collided, it often came in the form of conflict. The Governor was an obstacle to be overcome, and while we did get a few glimpses into who he was as a human, he mainly existed to create trouble for Rick’s team.
Negan, however, is much more than that. Yes, he is certainly brutal, and his presence has given he series an even darker tone than it had prior. However, his presence has also upped the stakes on the show and created more significant conflict. Negan isn’t a villain plotting his next evil move in front of his walker aquariums. No, he’s in Alexandria, walking around and interacting with Rick and the group. What’s more, his legion of followers also refer to themselves as Negan, making him not a single, far-off target, but an enormous nonstop shit storm for Rick’s group. With Negan, it’s not just Team Rick versus Baddie. It’s now our group finding a permanent place in the world, and working to live in some semblance of peace with the rest of the living, which is the true sign humanity rebuilding.
It was mortifying to watch Rick broken to the point that he was nearly willing to chop off his own son’s arm. It was tragic to lose Glenn and Abraham. It was infuriating to watch Negan force Rick to carry Lucille around Alexandria. And it’s heartbreaking to watch the mental torture Daryl now endures week after week. However, with that darkness has come some very important additions to the show. It’s brought back that real fear that truly anyone could be killed. For a while, it seemed that
Of course freely killing off major characters runs the risk of destroying everything an audience has to root for. However, Negan’s looming, seemingly omnipresent status has forced a great deal of development in other characters on the show. Since Negan’s arrival, we’ve gotten to see Rosita set up for a great deal of growth as one of the most obvious opponents to Negan’s rule. The same could be said for Sasha. Though the show has developed her character more than Rosita’s, she’s proving to be another growing force against Negan. This is the first time we’ve seen Maggie without the support of her family or her husband, and it looks as though the show is setting her up for her comic book journey as the formidable leader of Hilltop.
Even Carl is getting to stretch his legs more as a character since Negan came on the scene. He’s had it rough, growing up in the apocalypse, and has had to find his footing between being the kid who couldn’t ever stay in the damn house and being a heartless and crazed killer. He’s been in his dad’s shadow for quite some time, and now with his father stepping out of the limelight as The Ricktatorship, we’re getting to see more of Carl. He showed a ton of bravery when he thought Rick would have to cut off his arm, and it’s been interesting seeing him interact romantically with Enid. Fans of the comic book know that Carl’s post-apocalyptic upbringing causes him to not fear Negan in the way his adult counterparts do, and that spurs a very bizarre relationship between the two. And since we last left him in the back of a truck headed toward’s Negan’s camp, it looks like Carl’s about to set out on his comic book destiny.
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What do you think? Do you want to see more Negan, or are you bummed that he won’t be killed at the end of the season? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!