Since arriving in The Walking Dead, Dean Morgan’s Negan has practically stolen the show. Providing our band of heroes with a villain they truly despise and making things fun whenever he pops up on screen. But the actor playing the role has stated that he wants to see Negan get more backstory at some point – potentially in a future episode.
Speaking with EW, Jeffrey Dean Morgan stated that he’s hopeful audiences will get to see a Negan origin episode at some point – adding to the character’s backstory. He stated;
“I have to be careful because the writers have so much fun with Negan and his dialogue that I have to be very careful in kind of tampering that dialogue in places to keep it open to other interpretations, because everybody wants him to be this big bad but I just can’t play him like that. I refuse to, and there’s more to him than that. This year Gimple and I are on a mission to find him in there.”
“And you know, I always am hoping that, at some point, we do a backstory episode for Negan, because it’s an amazing story. I don’t know that that’s going to happen this year, but we are going to see enough of him and he talks quite a bit, as you know. So he’s going to reveal some of himself to the audience this year, which is going to be awesome. It’s going to be fascinating. [pauses] Of course, he’s still going to be a big f—ing dick!”
The Walking Dead hasn’t been afraid of venturing back into characters pasts when needed. Season 7 saw a number of flashbacks during filler episodes.
A problem with these flashbacks is that they’re incredibly clunky. Season 7 already suffered heavily from pacing issues, struggling to maintain momentum and build as it marched forward. I don’t think adding in a Negan episode will change that in any great way. Of course, if the writers are committed to the idea, it could be good. The problem is that The Walking Dead doesn’t leave me with much hope.
Plus, really, we don’t need to see that. Negan works because his character is such a tour-de-force. I suspect audiences don’t care about his prior motivations.
Would you want to see a Negan origin episode?