The Walking Dead Gives Us a Peek at Negan's Backstory (and Beard Dye)

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his wife Lucille (Hilarie Burton, Morgan’s real-life wife), seen before she was a baseball bat.
Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his wife Lucille (Hilarie Burton, Morgan’s real-life wife), seen before she was a baseball bat.
Image: AMC

We’ve known that the final six episodes of The Walking Dead’s 10th season, which will premiere February 28, will include a look back at big bad-turned-mistrusted-anti-hero Negan and his life before the zombie apocalypse. Now, the show has released a small—okay, very small—glimpse of what’s in store.

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Really, the clip (via Uproxx) is trying to imply Negan has done a heel turn—yet again—and has Maggie trapped somewhere, where the former Savior is threatening to murder her. Given that Maggie still wants Negan dead for killing her beloved Glenn, they’re definitely headed for a conflict, and Negan could turn the tables on her only to then start smarmily gloating he’s going to kill her, being his former modus operandi and all. 

However, regardless of the present-day footage of Negan that begins the clip, the ending shows the line is being spoken by the black-bearded Negan of Christmas Past. That’s seemingly makes it a nonstarter of a theory, unless we’re getting flashbacks to parts of the Savior War we didn’t see, which please, no, god no. My guess is that someone told him before the zombie apocalypse that he talked too much—which has always been a valid statement—and now, at some point post-apocalypse but prior to the Savior War, Negan got his hands on the same dude and is going to exact some Lucille-based revenge.

Whatever. The real news is Maggie and Glenn’s kid Herschel is adorable.

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If you have AMC+, you can catch the premiere of these episodes a week early on February 21, and then the other episodes the Thursday prior to their network airing. The rest of us poor masses will have to wait until February 28 to resume watching The Walking Dead.

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MannyBones
MannyBones

flashbacks to parts of the Savior War we didn’t see

I don’t think it’s possible to have part that we didn’t see. They spent literally three episodes on the events of a single day of the “war.”