This Sunday will mark a day of mixed emotions for fans of AMC's The Walking Dead. It's the season finale, which always brings excitement, but also the inevitable disappointment that the post-apocalyptic fun is over again for a few months. The major selling point for the finale is that notorious Walking Dead comic book rogue Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will finally emerge from the shadows with his trusty barbed-wire covered bat Lucille.
Fans have been getting bits and pieces about Negan and his debut from the show runners and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Now the star of the series, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) is talking up Negan's appearance in the finale, saying that it's "...the greatest entrance ever written."
Lincoln recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the careful casting of Negan and the dark tone of the finale:
"You know... Just get ready, man. Just get ready. I read the script and I went, ‘This is the greatest entrance ever written.’ It’s an incredibly brilliant and well constructed and tense final episode. It’s really dark, man. It’s really dark."
He goes on to discuss how Morgan was received on the set and his admiration for his previous work:
"He’s just the coolest guy and everybody loves him... Jeffrey’s such a great guy and I’ve been a huge admirer of his since he played the Comedian [Watchmen] and everything else he’s done. We’re going to have a lot of fun. Honestly, we are so thrilled to have him. We’re lucky people."
The comic book version of Negan didn't make his debut until issue #100 in 2012, when The Walking Dead television series was already well underway and the comic book series was already into its 17th volume. Kirkman managed to introduce a villain into the continuity of his dystopian universe that garnered a ton of fan support, and the series is still going strong with The Walking Dead #153 due for publication next week.
It's not enough that the survivors have to deal with the psychotic Wolves and the Saviors, but now Negan is about to make his brutal debut. We just recently got a teaser trailer for the finale that gives us the first peek at Negan's costume and his trusty weapon, Lucille, and Kirkman recently assured us all that Negan is an "atomic bomb" and that the series will never be the same again.
The anticipation is almost over - and no matter what happens, we're pretty much assured that the blood will fly this coming Sunday. Who will make it out alive and who will be made an example of? Is Daryl going to be okay, or will the fans have to riot?
The Walking Dead's 90-minute season 6 finale ‘Last Day on Earth’ airs this Sunday, April 3rd.
Source: Entertainment Weekly