We have to think that at this point, almost anyone and everyone out there is familiar with Negan coming over to “The Walking Dead” — he was in the season 6 finale, and he will obviously be present in the premiere (hey, somebody’s gotta die, right?)… at least that’s what we are hoping for since we want an answer and we want it now.
So how much are we going to see of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as this character beyond that? Per comic creator Robert Kirkman’s Entertainment Weekly interview, he will be an enormous presence and he is so important to the arc this season that even when he doesn’t turn up in an episode, his affect will be:
“He’s not going to be in every single episode, but he’s a series regular now. He’s on the show. I mean, you’re going to get to know so much more about this guy and he’s going to be an ever-present threat that’s always going to be looming. Just having him be a part of the show is great, and Jeffery Dean Morgan is a huge part of that. I couldn’t imagine someone doing a better job with this character. It’s kind of unreal.”
The reason why you wouldn’t see Negan in every episode makes sense for a couple of different things. We don’t imagine Rick or any of the Alexandria crew wanting to hang out with him following what he does to one of their own; meanwhile, he’s the sort of guy who can send a lot of his cronies to do his dirty work while he deals with the bigger picture issues. There are also a lot of other characters on this show that are going to need attending to, and that includes getting to know some other newcomers such as Ezekiel.
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