“Lay-low” Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) goes for a walk with Carol (Melissa McBride) in the first minutes of The Walking Deadseason finale, “Here’s Negan.” Now that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Hershel Rhee (Kien Michael Spiller) are calling Alexandria home after an undercover Negan helped Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the Whisperers burn down the Hilltop earlier in season 10, tensions are running high. at its highest point. Negan murdered Alpha and gifted his zombified head to Carol, quenching her thirst for revenge and fulfilling her end of the bargain: In “Look at the Flowers”, Carol gave her word that she would “make sure” that the Alexandrians remembered Negan. for killing Alpha. . Now he’s getting the favor.
“You may have noticed things with Maggie and I’m a little tense. I don’t mind being ‘quiet Negan’ for a moment, but hell, I can only go so far to get out of her way.” Negan tells Carol during a trip outside the walls of Alexandria. “You know, I was thinking maybe, maybe you could tell me something? Smooth things over, at least get the ball rolling. Given our recent history, I thought you owed me a lot, right?”
Carol leads Negan to a creaky old cabin with enough supplies for one. His leather jacket is on a chair.
“The Council has voted to banish him,” Carol tells him of Alexandria’s leadership that includes Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). “What you want just isn’t going to happen. It’s not possible. I know it’s not what I promised, but given our less recent history, it’s better than you deserve.”
Negan has to ask, “Did the Council really banish me? Or is it more of a ‘Carol taking charge’ situation?” She smiles and laughs softly, giving him her answer.
Carol hands him a rabbit as a housewarming gift and leaves Negan behind. What will follow is a trip back in time, 12 years earlier, before the start of the zombie apocalypse, where Negan recalls the memories of his wife Lucille (guest star Hilarie Burton Morgan) and the events that led him to this point. At the end of “Here’s Negan,” the former bad boy swinging the bat will come to a conclusion about his future.
“Bringing Hershel to Alexandria is very important. They haven’t had a safety net as a family and despite the challenge of Maggie coming face to face with Negan again, nothing is more important than everything she can do for her son. “. Cohan said in a behind-the-scenes video about Maggie’s decision to live behind the same walls as Negan earlier this season. “I’d definitely love for people to draw their own conclusions about what Maggie might be thinking when she and Negan meet face-to-face again. There’s a long road ahead, there’s a lot to do. He’s in trouble.”
“Here’s Negan” premieres Sunday April 4 on AMC. Follow the author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter for all things TWD.