With the season six premiere only a couple of months away (October 11th) for AMC‘s The Walking Dead, fans are wondering what’s in store for our hardy band of survivors. They’ve found some relative safety in the walled section of Alexandria, and been reunited with Morgan, but things aren’t all roses. We all know that bad things are headed their way. One of the baddest of the bad and one of the comic book series favorite villain is a guy called Negan. Everyone wants to know when he’s going to make the transition from the comic book page to the small screen. Showrunner Scott Gimple has a few things to say about Negan and Season Six.
Here’s what Gimple had to say to EW about the possibility of Negan making an appearance in season six:
It’s absolutely a possibility, and when I say it’s a possibility, we have a plan in place, but there’s a couple variables for that plan that we’re deciding about. It really depends on a few factors as we move into setting up the last bit of the season story-wise.
Comic book creator Robert Kirkman chimed in saying:
When it comes to characters like The Governor, Michonne, Abraham, and others like Jesus and Negan who are fan-favorite characters in the comics, it’s always a challenge to get it right because it’s those characters—much like Rick Grimes in the beginning—that fans already have a sense of and expectations for. So we’re always careful, and I feel like we’ve done a really good job servicing those fan expectations. Hopefully that trend will continue…if the characters you mention are to appear soon.
I have to say that I think we might get some hints of Negan very soon, and he could show up in season six. I don’t think we’ll see him until the end though and only a glimpse. This season six will be our group dealing with the Wolves threat from outside the walls and the division of the groups inside the walls.
What do you think, can they afford to hold off bringing in Negan, such a huge character in the comic book series and one that changed Rick Grimes world, until season seven without any buildup or teasers in season six?