[SPOILER ALERT: Read on solely when you’ve got already watched Sunday’s “The Big Scary U” episode of The Walking Dead.]
A whole lot of large issues occurred on Sunday’s “The Big Scary U” episode of The Walking Dead. Daryl and Rick began beating the crap out of one another. Eugene appeared to determine that Dwight had turned spy. And Father Gabriel lastly realized his final objective/mission of being there to get Dr. Carson out of the Sanctuary to ship Maggie’s child.
But maybe even higher than all of that was studying a giant chunk of the mbadive dangerous’s backstory. That’s proper, after nearly an hour of prodding, Negan lastly gave his confession to Gabriel, and it included some juicy bits of intel. What did we study Negan and the way does it match up the comedian e book supply materials — particularly the Here’s Negan spin-off? Let’s have a look. (WARNING: Comic e book spoilers to comply with.)
In Sunday’s episode, Negan tells Gabriel he labored with children earlier than the apocalypse. And he appears to think about it vital, life-changing work: “You don’t show them the way, they turn into garbage,” he warns. “The little badholes become great big ones. So you show them the way. And adults, they need it too. People are weak.”
Negan presents working with children as step one in his evolution into a frontrunner of women and men, however what sort of work was it precisely? In the Here’s Negan comedian, we study that Negan was truly a highschool fitness center trainer, though he nonetheless has his salty language — even again then and even across the children. In the primary few pages of the comedian, we see Negan graphically cursing out a few of his college students whereas defeating them at ping-pong.
While his particular job isn’t talked about within the newest episode, the truth that he does say he labored with children means the present is probably going following the supply materials by way of Negan’s pre-apocalypse employment.
Here’s one other method by which what we discovered within the episode instantly mirrors the comedian. The preliminary trace happens when Gabriel challenges Negan on the evil he has accomplished. At first, Negan retains his composure and calmly deflects Gabriel’s makes an attempt. When the priest asks him to defend his killing, Negan says, “I haven’t killed anyone that didn’t need it.” When Gabriel takes him to process for treating the Sanctuary staff nearly as slaves, Negan explains that staff are an economic system.
But Gabriel clearly strikes a nerve when he asks about Negan’s harem of wives, inflicting the villain to scowl and switch away. Following up on this, the priest inquires if there was a pre-apocalypse partner. You can see Negan tense up on the query, taking a look at his bat and uttering, “Lucille, give me strength.”
It is simply later when Negan lastly agrees to present his confession that we study the reality. “My first wife was a real wife,” he tells Gabriel. “My only real wife. Till death did us part. It was before this. I lied to her. I screwed around on her. She was sick and when she went, when she went it was during this. I couldn’t put her down. That is how I was weak. That is what I will confess.”
This additionally falls proper according to what occurs within the Here’s Negan comedian. When we first meet Negan’s spouse there, she collapses whereas studying her husband the riot act for cussing out his college students throughout the ping-pong recreation. After she is recognized with most cancers, Negan calls off his extra-marital affair to badist maintain his partner. She finally results in the hospital, proper when the zombie apocalypse begins. In reality, Negan barricades himself in her room as chaos breaks out within the streets and hallways outdoors. But then his spouse dies and turns as effectively. Negan leaves her there — asking a stranger he had helped to complete her off, not having the power to take action himself.
All of this story — at the least the broad strokes — have now been carried over to the TV present. Oh yeah, the identify of Negan’s actual spouse? Lucille.
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Not lots of intel is dropped on this episode by way of how the Saviors fashioned and the way Negan ended up main them, however nothing instantly contradicts the occasions of the comics. At one level Negan tells Gabriel that he introduced collectively gangs of animals and that “The last guy who was in charge. He wasn’t in charge of s—. He allowed people to be weak. I don’t. I make them strong, which makes this world strong.”
So this may increasingly or might not comply with what’s proven in Here’s Negan. In the comedian, Negan meets up with numerous individuals (certainly one of whom is carrying the baseball bat that can find yourself being Lucille #2) who all finally get bitten, placing him again on his personal. Finally, Negan is approached by a stranger within the woods who invitations him again to the camp the place he’s the badumed chief. That stranger is none apart from Dwight, at the moment with spouse Sherry.
Negan finally supplants Dwight because the decision-maker within the group after which they be part of up with one other gang. But when that group’s chief makes an attempt to pimp out certainly one of his ladies, Negan retrieves his baseball bat whereas caught up in barbed wire, making a lightbulb second and giving Lucille #2 her first sufferer.
So the road within the episode about bringing collectively gangs of animals undoubtedly tracks with the occasions of the comics by way of the best way he mixed two teams within the supply materials, nevertheless it’s unclear if the “last guy in charge” TV Negan was referring to is the one from the comedian e book whose brains he bashed in. Or is it Dwight? Or is it a special backstory and another person completely?
Regardless, the Here’s Negan comedian ends with a giant speech about weak point and power — a serious theme of Negan’s trailer conversations with Gabriel right here. (It’s additionally when Negan first cash the time period Saviors.) Only time will inform if we’ll get extra details about TV Negan’s backstory and if it’s going to comply with the supply materials or veer off into a brand new narrative, however up to now, the similarities are fairly putting.
Make certain to additionally learn our episode Q&A with Norman Reedus about that large Daryl and Rick combat. And for extra Walking Dead scoop comply with me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.