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The Walking Dead

Kayla Trail

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 Last night fans gathered around televisions for the sixth season premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

 Last week the show’s spinoff series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” showcased the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. It showed fans and viewers what went down when the military stepped in to help “protect” civilization. When the military was overrun by walkers (zombies), the trend sparked that to make it out alive people have to stick together.

 Now in preparation for this season of “The Walking Dead,” there are talks of one of the comic’s most discussed villains, Negan, coming into play.

 For fans of the comics who know about Negan, you all know what to expect and know that, if he does make an appearance in this upcoming season, things are about to get very serious and very painful for the cast. For those who do not know who Negan is, he makes the Governor look like child’s play.

 In the comics, Negan is a leader of the Saviors; this group has become notorious for protecting humans from walkers in return for half of the survivors’ supplies.

 Negan would bring a lot of terror to the show this season if he makes an appearance, because not only is he a force to be reckoned with, his wits and strategies are bulletproof. Negan would take into consideration someone’s complaints and their intentions and end up using it against them if it came to it, psychologically pushing him forward to being a stronger villain than the Governor.

 In the comics, when Rick and his group cross paths with Negan and his Saviors, they are ordered to give the Saviors half of their supplies and Rick then decides to plot a war against them.

 They are lined up as survivors after a group of people have been killed and Negan is demanding justice and at random chooses a victim, Glenn. Negan goes overboard and annihilates Glenn with his prized possession, Lucille, a baseball bat covered in barbed wire.

 In a press conference at Comic Con in New York this past Thursday, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman addressed rumors on Negan’s appearance this season.

 “I regret all of [the deaths] and none of them at the same time. It’s harder with the show because the actors are involved and they’re like good people — most of them,” Kirkman said. “Are people excited about Negan? I think it would be very cool if Negan were to be introduced into the show. I don’t know when that would happen though. I do, but I can’t say.”

 In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, anticipates Negan’s arrival.

 “There are astonishingly brilliant and thrilling characters that I am convinced we would be idiots not to meet in our journey,” Lincoln said. “I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future. What struck me, that I’ve always been excited about, is we’re coming into the sixth season of this show… and it’s the medieval part of ‘The Walking Dead’ comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities but don’t really know other ones exist. But they’re all building and forming themselves with their own image.

 He continued, “And then there’s a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action. It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we’ve never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell.”