Some comics spoilers and the occasional Season 6 spoiler are in the following paragraphs. If you are up-to-date on The Walking Dead at all, you’re probably fine, but heads up just in case.
We’ve been hearing about Negan for a long time now. The character was teased on the series well before Jeffrey Dean Morgan was ever cast in the role, and soon, he’ll finally be coming to the small screen. Those who are familiar with Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels know that one fan-favorite character, Glenn, dies thanks to being hit with Negan’s preferred weapon: his bat, Lucille. But muddling things up a bit is actor Steven Yeun, who recently gave us some hints about what is to come:
I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics. There’s a clear divide in the way we tell a story on television, and the way that story is told in the comics, because it has to be. And everybody will have to see what happens, but we definitely tell our story in the way that television should be told.
Yeun’s comments to EW don’t sound like a man in peril, and many have theorized that Glenn is not the guy who will fall prey to Negan’s bat. In his place, a slew of names could potentially go, and some have even theorized that it will be Glenn’s lover, Maggie, who may be biting the dust (which would be horrifying since she is currently pregnant). Obviously, a less well-liked character or even someone like Michonne could ultimately die at the hands of Negan, but the fact that Glenn is willing to address that the series does not follow the comics to a tee does seem to bode well for him. Either that, or he’s the best faker ever. But considering he had to hide out to avoid press when he was thought to be dead a few short months ago, I’m going with a future that bodes well.
Then, there’s also the fact that The Walking Dead just did a storyline where Glenn was thought to be dead. Obviously, the big fakeout of 2015 left Glenn alive at the end of a ton of drama, but by the time the dumpster trick was revealed on the series, I think most viewers were a little tired of worrying about whether or not Glenn would return to the show. The same logic applies to the Negan plotline. It probably would have been crazier if Glenn had died in the prior episode rather than biting the dust thanks to Negan a short time later. There’s just no surprise element to Glenn dying via Lucille. It is cool when shots on The Walking Dead mirror panels in The Walking Dead comics, but the AMC drama thrives more off of surprises than anything else.
Obviously, we should have a few more episodes before we officially face Lucille, but we're getting ever closer to the moment and finding out what changes the TV series has in store. In the meantime, catch new episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. Plus, you can learn more about Negan, here.