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Negan on The Walking Dead

 

First of all, let me apologize to fans of the show who came looking for something about the recent casting news this week. Yes Negan has finally been cast on The Walking Dead TV series but I have little to no interest in that. I think Jeffery Dean Morgan can potentially be very good in the part but I have serious doubts that the show can really bring Negan to life in a fitting way. To put it bluntly the guy is just too R-rated for network television, even if AMC likes to raise the stakes as much as possible.

No, I’m just stoked to write about what happened in the most recent issue of The Walking Dead comic book. I have already written about Negan’s return to the series once and that proved to simply be wishful thinking. The cover of this past April’s issue was very misleading and I can only hope I am not getting my hopes up in vain for a second time.

In the issue released this week, #148, things have simply gotten too hot in Alexandria for Rick to keep under wraps. The people are mad and they are angry. Alexandrians are quickly getting to the point of taking on a mob mentality and destroying everything Rick and his people have worked so hard to build. As the issue comes to a close Rick realizes he cannot solve this problem on his own and the final page shows Rick descending into the basement prison to ask Negan for help. To which we only see a grin in response from Negan.

I think it was perfect because this is what Negan has been waiting for. For over two years now he has had to languish in a prison cell while the world went on without him. He had an opportunity to escape and chose not to in hopes it might actually convince Rick he could be trusted. It didn’t convince Rick of anything and Negan was again left in the dark. Yet everything is different now and this is what Negan has been waiting for. Nothing was ever going to change for Negan until Rick actually needed him for something and that moment has finally arrived!

I’m not going to get ahead of myself this time and spout off a lot of wishful thinking about what may or may not happen. The cover of the next issue certainly implies Negan is released and working together with Rick but I have learned the hard way that the covers can be deceiving now and again. Check out the cover of next months issue below.

I can only hope the coming issue is as awesome as this cover implies and it will needle at me every day until it’s release. I have become such a junkie for this series I literally feel like I am fiending already in anticipation over what might happen next. All I can really be sure of is that it will be awesome, because with this series I have learned to have no doubt. I think the show is ok but I am a bit of an ass when it comes to fans because I think the show is simply for amateurs.

All the time I am hearing “oooh is Glenn really dead?” or other currently random show specific topics. I can’t help but roll my eyes at such things. When I watch the show I am impressed now and again but more often than not I am looking over at Amber and making a vulgar gesture. So much unnecessary drama and pointless monologueing. Why does every damn character have to have a moment where they publicly profess their understanding of how the world is now? Blah blah blahbidy blah get over it people and check out where the action really is in black and white.

As to the eager question about Glenn everyone is so interested in I do not know. I have explained to people that if he is dead the show wasted what would have otherwise been a really magnanimous death at the hands of the new enemy coming to town. I have an idea about that though. If he is dead, which at this point he should be barring a ridiculous heartwarming effort from the show for his return, I think it means something very different. Negan was the one that killed Glenn in the comic, at random for no other reason than to make a point. Negan needed to make a splash as a character and did so by killing one of the series longest surviving characters. If Glenn doesn’t make it back then I think Negan kills Daryl in his place.

I like Daryl on the show but his presence makes it hard for the show to introduce new badasses from the comic. Like Abraham who is little more than a background character on the show. Rick doesn’t need a badass Abraham because he has Daryl. With Jesus due to make his appearance in the coming future it may be time for a dramatic and violent death for Daryl. Don’t know what the show is doing with Morgan but I can’t stand this sudden ninja warrior of the apocalypse.

Just an idea I’m throwing out there. I really got way off point because all I am truly interested in lies below with the possibilities lurking on the pages behind this scene. Negan is one of my favorite bad guys of all time if not the number one over all. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for him.

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The Return of Negan!!!!

I’m going to deviate from our typical theme of movies to talk about something else I’m into. I am an avid fan of the comic book The Walking Dead. To the point that I spy out the covers of upcoming issues hoping for a glimmer of what might be to come. As of yesterday I saw something so awesome I can’t contain myself and I have literally nobody to talk to about it that would even begin to know what I was talking about. “I like The Walking Dead too, you are talking about the coolest character? You mean Daryl right?” AHHHH!!! These fans of the TV show (the show is different and I do like it) drive me nuts, much like the hardcore fans of HBO’s version of Game of Thrones who know nothing about what they are missing out on. Blah blah and so forth but the reason for all of this is the issue coming out in two months. The cover of the May issue displays an image of Negan standing before an open jail cell.

225px-Issue_141_CoverFor those of you who don’t know. This is Negan, the greatest bad guy ever. The TV show will ruin him because he is way too cool for the limitations of network TV. Any fan of the show should start reading now so they can see how awesome the baddest bad guy really is. Nevertheless he has been locked away for years following the war in the comic book. This cover implies that Negan is finally getting out.

When the war was ongoing I actually found myself hoping Negan would kill Rick, claim Carl as a begrudging protegé, and we would follow him through this world of the apocalypse. Sadly that wasn’t how it panned out but I was content with the fact that Negan at least lived and still had the potential to wreak havoc again.

After seeing this cover I am going to be antsy for two freaking months while I wait to see what happens. I miss this guy; I need this witty badass whose capable of anything. I need the profanity, I need the violence, I need Lucille, I need the pure unadulterated understanding of the world he lives in, I need the control he has over everything, and I need more of his story. Life is a bitch but something about this guy helps make it easier once, sometimes twice and month on “Walking Dead Wednesday.”

I love this story and as agonizing as it is to wait month by month for the story to progress it never fails to let me down. Now that I know Negan is getting out of jail sooner rather than later I am excited. It’s like a motivating force somewhere in the back of my mind constantly reminding me I have something really cool to look forward to, in a couple of months.

I cannot wait to see what Kirkman has in store for Negan as he gets back out into the world but one thing is for sure. I have absolutely no doubt that he is going to do something awesome. Is there anybody out there with me on this? Where are the other fans who can appreciate conversation about how awesome Negan is? I literally have a Negan action figure on my desk at work and I am constantly making references from this awesome bad guy that nobody gets. Who else is as excited as I am at his possible return to action in the comic? I need some dialogue.