[SPOILERS from The Walking Dead comic below.]
The Walking Dead will explore major villain Negan’s backstory in season 8. This is a big year for The Walking Dead, which will see the much lauded comic story “All Out War” brought on television. This will surely see the conflict with series Big Bad Negan and his Saviors resolved definitively and hopefully mark a turning point and shake-up in the show’s status quo. In spite of this, fans have been more lukewarm to the return of The Walking Dead than usual, with premiere ratings the lowest since season 3.
Regardless, The Walking Dead remains an extremely popular show and the premiere appropriately hinted at storylines it’ll explore in the future, including scenes indicating the much rumored time jump that happens in the comics after “All Out War.” In addition to that, however, Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has hinted that aspects of his character’s backstory will be revealed in season 8.
While speaking at Walker Stalker Con Atlanta (via Comic Book), Morgan revealed that The Walking Dead will reference Negan’s backstory as season 8 goes on. Explaining how the show will handle his character’s mysterious past, Morgan said:
"There is a lot of Negan's backstory out there. We haven't filmed any of that, but there are conversations with a few characters where we'll find out a little more about him. We'll have some quieter moments this year, some one-on-one interactions where you'll learn more about where he's from. Even if you hate Negan, you're gonna start to understand how he became the man that he is and why he does the things that he does."
While it sounds like The Walking Dead won’t have any actual scenes set in Negan’s past, the fact that fans who are not familiar with the source material will finally get to know more about the villainous character should hopefully help address some of the criticisms that have been leveled at the show and how the character is written. More so, it’ll be interesting to see if the show follows the same backstory for Negan that the comic laid out for him, including the crucial side character that is his wife Lucille (Morgan has some ideas about who could play her).
Beyond that, there’s also questions of whether or not Negan will even survive “All Out War” given showrunner Scott M. Gimple’s commitment to changing key events in the story to surprise comic fans. Though given Negan’s key role in the Whisperer War that follows the time jump, killing him off might not be the best approach for the writers to take. Either way, fans will simply have to wait and see how events unfold.
The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with 'Monsters @9pm on AMC.
Source: Comic Book