‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Promises, Negan’s Arrival, Finale Will Be ‘A Gut Punch,’ Highlight Hollywood News


This Sunday night, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale will make TV history, when the super-bad villain Negan debuts.   “I think the best way to put it is it’s a gut punch,” Executive Producer Robert Kirkman promises, teasing the episode when we caught up with him at Tuesday’s “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2 premiere screening in Los Angeles. Which was also very exciting as well.

Kirkman can’t tease the episode enough, because you haven’t a clue what happens when Negan finally arrives and when he does, you cannot guess what happens next season, which begins in the fall.  He is truly a scary man, but charismatic and likeable. the_walking_dead_rick_and_daryl

“You’ve been watching the show for six seasons, and you think you know the rules, and you think you know how things are going to go, and you really don’t,” he continued. “It’s an element that’s thrown in that changes everything and really puts you in a place where, going into Season 7 and beyond, you have no idea what to expect. And I feel like we’ve established that that’s kind of how the show works, you never know what to expect, but somehow we’re upping the game a little bit and really kind of changing things in some really startling and scary ways.”

The episode will feature the debut of comic book villain Negan, played by “The Good Wife’s” Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Kirkman said there was no other actor alive who could have brought the character to life.TWD-Rick-Daryl-Carl

“Jeffrey Dean Morgan was, I think, the only guy available, like around, alive that could play Negan. He’s the guy that really, I think, embodies the character in a way because as brutal and as terrifying and as horrifying as Negan is as a human being, he’s also incredibly likable and personable and just — you kind of want to hang out with him while he’s killing you,” the producer said. “It’s like this really weird dual thing. I mean, great example, he walks through ‘The Walking Dead’ comic book killing all of your favorite characters and yet he’s one of the most popular characters in the comic book, so you need an actor that can do that and that’s really hard to find. But Jeffrey Dean Morgan is somebody that has proven that he can handle that and having seen the things I’ve seen, he does accomplish that. Yeah, in a big way. It’s great.”

“The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale airs Sunday at 9/8c on AMC. The following week, “Fear The Walking Dead” Season 2 premieres at 9/8c, also on AMC.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Gene Page/AMC
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