For the second half of Season 6, The Walking Dead turned the comic book's biggest of the baddies Negan into an urban legend before finally bringing him out for his killer introduction. Though we have yet to see him in action on a regular basis, his intimidating presence has already shaken these characters up, similar to a villain from the past, David Morrissey's Governor. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has some pretty bold thoughts about how his new antagonist would do against Rick's former foe.
Not a lot of doubt coming from Jeffrey Dean Morgan in saying those words to EW. In fact, he sounds about as confident as Negan usually does when he's lording his power over someone, which is basically every minute of his life. If the front line of the battle is bravado, then Morgan already has an advantage.
I'd imagine that most people would agree with Morgan about Negan's chances against The Governor in a fight, and the actor hits the nail on the head when he brings up The Governor's mental state. There were genuine efforts to rebuild a community in Woodbury, though those efforts got increasingly batty as time went on, and there were clearly elements from the past that kept The Governor from being a clear-headed leader.
Negan, meanwhile, is almost too cognizant of his own tyrannical authority, and there doesn't appear to be any chinks in his armor, either physically or mentally. He'll stab your face while telling you what he likes about your unstabbed face, and he'll be just charming enough for you to still not believe your face has been sliced open. I think The Governor would likely start up a monologue instead of doing what needed to be done, since he was a bit of an attention whore. Negan just wants results.
Of course, it really does depend on what kind of a fight Negan and The Governor would get into. If it's a fistfight or one where melee weapons can be used, then Negan definitely takes it. But The Governor was pretty damned dangerous with a sword, and he was also never far from a giant gun or a tank, so if this battle would be a "no holds barred' situation, I might have to weigh the options a little more. (And if F-bombs actually caused explosions, Negan would get that victory as well.)
The Walking Dead will show audiences just how well Negan will fare against Rick Grimes and his group when Season 7 arrives on AMC on Sunday, October 23. Let us know in the comments who you think would win in a fight.