The Walking Dead: Season 10 Finale, “Here’s Negan” Will Be One of Best Episodes Ever, According to Kang & Gimple

The Walking Dead‘s season 10C is begins this coming Sunday, February 28, with six bonus episodes.  The pandemic created an odd window that allowed for filming a handful of unique episodes that are much different on scale and storytelling than anything we’ve ever seen on TWD.  Yet out of the six upcoming episodes, there is one that stands out for the comic book fans and writers.

“Here’s Negan”, which adapts Robert Kirkman’s standalone comic of the same name, brings Negan’s backstory front and center to our screens.  The comic was long thought to be the perfect story for the upcoming spinoff, Tales of The Walking Dead.  However, fans won’t have to wait two more years to see it.  It’s coming in just six short weeks.

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“Here’s Negan” shows us Negan at the start of the zombie apocalypse and reveals that his wife, Lucille, is dying of cancer. Negan can’t bring himself to kill her, becoming consumed with rage and remorse, a process that makes him into the intimidating and ruthless figure we know and love.

What is especially exciting about the episode is that we’ll get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan starr alongside his real-life wife, Hilarie Burton Morgan.  Hilarie will be playing Lucille, who all fans know does not survive and her name (and Negan’s love) get transferred to a baseball bat.

During Sunday’s “Walking Dead Extended Season 10 Preview Special” showrunner Angela Kang and Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple discussed the episode. Kang said:

“I’m really excited for the fans to see this episode in general. [Walking Dead creator Robert] Kirkman wrote this great little ‘Here’s Negan’ side comic, and we all just loved it on the writing side. We’ve always wanted to do it, have not found the right place for it yet, so we’re really excited to tell this story of Negan before the apocalypse and in the early days of it. We cast his real-life wife Hilarie Burton to play Lucille, and she’s just perfect for the role. They are so great together, so I’m so excited for people to see these two together, and their beautiful chemistry, the way that they interact off each other. [It] really gives you this different window into the person that Negan was, and I think that’s going to be really interesting for people regardless of whether or not they know the comic story because this is our show-specific take on ‘Here’s Negan.’”

Gimple hyped up the mini-season, but reserved particular praise for this episode:

“Angela, the staff, some writers from the past, from Walking Dead past, some people who came back to actually work on them. Everybody just gave it their all. And like Fear the Walking Dead, they’re concentrated stories because they’re shot in a way where we only have a couple of characters that we’re focusing on. I just love those kind of stories. It’s weird, for all of the intensity and fire that was under everyone to turn out as well, they’re amazing in that ‘Here’s Negan’ is an incredible episode. It’s really strange, the circumstances, how this all came together, but these six episodes are gonna be something that I think people are gonna really, really enjoy.”

After this six episode run, The Walking Dead will air 24 episodes for its eleventh and final season. We know the show will then lead into the Rick Grimes movies, bringing back Andrew Lincoln to the franchise.  How will the show end? Will it follow the comics? We will find out soon enough!

What do you think about the upcoming six episodes? Let us know below! You can watch the trailer for “Here’s Negan” below too!

Season 10C of The Walking Dead begins airing on AMC on February 28th, with “Here’s Negan” scheduled for April 4th.

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