Spoiler warning for anybody who hasn’t but watched The Strolling Lifeless’s newest episode, titled “The Huge Scary U.”
Ever since he first confirmed up in The Strolling Lifeless‘s Season 6 finale, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan has been certainly one of TV’s most uncomfortably pleasant villains, together with his unswayed swagger complemented by his ever-present baseball bat Lucille. Maybe surprisingly, when “The Huge Scary U” confirmed audiences what went down between the temporarily trapped Negan and Father Gabriel, the episode additionally gave us our first large look into Negan’s previous. He shared the true story of Lucille, who was his spouse when the zombi-pocalypse began. Not that he was essentially the most doting husband…
The oral historical past — which is what I am certain Negan would like his story be referred to as — got here after viewers received to see what went down throughout Gregory’s stint on the Sanctuary, which strengthened Negan’s worldview that “folks” are nonetheless an important useful resource, even when public homicide nonetheless has to issue into it in a roundabout way. Skip ahead to Negan and Father Gabriel holed up collectively, which is when the topic of Negan’s confession comes up. (Was anyone else barely creeped out by Father Gabriel’s face when he made that declaration?)
Negan’s wasn’t a couple of confession at first, however he did share some attention-grabbing tidbits about how he’d by no means killed anybody who did not deserve it — we’re skeptical — and that the individual main The Saviors earlier than him “wasn’t in command of shit,” and that he allowed folks to be weak. Negan claimed every time he took management of The Saviors, they had been a “unfastened confederation of assholes,” which sounds about proper. And Gabriel virtually received himself killed when instantly asking Negan if he had a “first” spouse who predated all of his Sanctuary wives, however that did not occur.
The true meat was later shared by way of a closed door, meant to resemble an precise confession between a parishoner and a priest. Gabriel confessed to letting his congregation get murdered, which shook one thing unfastened in Negan, who lastly shared the story about how Lucille was truly his spouse again within the day. And that he was not husband to her, having cheated on her and lied about issues. Negan shared that Lucille was sick when the whole lot went to hell, and that he wasn’t robust sufficient to kill her himself, which he nonetheless thinks is his largest weak point. It did not precisely draw out sympathy, however a minimum of we will perceive a part of his psyche slightly higher, a minimum of so far as why he loves his weapon Lucille a lot.
Negan’s backstory has typically been a subject of debate amongst followers of The Strolling Lifeless TV present, equally to how comedian readers had positioned their very own bets on what his life entailed each earlier than and after he discovered his iconic and indispensable weapon. After the character’s historical past got here to mild (sans flashback, surprisingly), I am fairly certain nobody was stunned to study that Negan was an egotistical dickhead earlier than the world ended, too.
On the web page, Negan’s whole backstory did not truly present up in The Strolling Lifeless comics themselves, however relatively within the Picture Comics journal Picture+, the place the story was cut up into 16 completely different sections. It was later collected as launched because the standalone quantity This is Negan, which truly simply hit shops in October. Apparently, comedian followers needed to wait practically 4 years after Negan’s introduction to get this fleeting take a look at the villain’s life earlier than he crossed paths with Rick’s group, whereas TV viewers solely needed to wait 19 months for it. One wonders how a lot of that was genuinely a inventive resolution, and the way a lot of it’s as a result of TV audiences have not been on board with Negan the way in which that comedian readers had been/are. We have seen less of him this season than I would anticipated, so that may even be related.
Both manner it goes, it’s going to be attention-grabbing to see if and the way this newfound data will have an effect on issues transferring ahead, and what different particulars will come up. Since we nonetheless have but to search out out some particulars that had been shared in This is Negan, akin to who Lucille’s first victim was, and the way Negan’s instantly recognizable leather jacket entered the image.
Will we get to see much more of Negan’s previous in upcoming Strolling Lifeless episodes? And may we get some extra enter about Simon’s backstory, too? Discover out each Sunday evening on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what new and returning exhibits are on the way in which within the coming months and past, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.