Love it or hate it, the Season 6 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead introduced one of the Robert Kirkman/Charlie Adlard comic book series’ greatest villains just before he bludgeoned someone (presumably) to death off camera. Of course I’m talking about Negan, the barbed-wire bat-wielding leader of the Saviors, brought to life by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Before the series’ biggest season-ending cliffhanger ever, Negan had a chance to monologue at length since he had Rick & Co. literally on their knees in the dirt with nowhere left to run.
Now, the first official image from Season 7 of The Walking Dead hints that we’ll be picking things up where we left off. It features a new shot of Dean Morgan’s infamous character from a new angle, possibly from the point of view of a protagonist who’s about to meet his or her grisly end. If you have thoughts on just who that is, be sure to let us know in the comments.
Check out the first image from The Walking Dead Season 7 (via EW):
As Greg Nicotero, who directed the Season 6 finale and the Season 7 premiere, confirms:
“Yes, who was at the receiving end of Negan’s bat will be revealed in the first episode.”
And if you liked Negan’s monologue in Season 6, you’re going to love his speeches in Season 7:
“Negan is that kind of guy,” says Nicotero. “He’s the kind of guy who imagines himself on stage at a high school production and he loves every second of it. So, I don’t really see a lot of quiet contemplative moments with Negan. I feel like with Negan it’s really going to be about him gesticulating and him sort of relishing in the sound of his own voice while he commands the stage in front of whoever’s alive.”
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday nights at 9pm starting October 9th.
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