Kirkman, Gimple on how Negan will change The Walking Dead forever

It’s a strange thing when arguably the biggest moment in The Walking Dead comes in the post-credit scene. But the men behind the curtain are here to explain why that’s exactly what happened.

Creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple have been making the rounds today, talking up the midseason finale that saw the wall around Alexandria fall and a bevy of walkers stream into the settlement. There was also a major death, which was significant, but it was that two-minute stinger scene after the fact (which actually aired several minutes later during Into the Badlands) that really shook the world of The Walking Dead.

We’ve known for a while that iconic comic-book baddie Negan was coming, and we now know he’ll be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. But that post-credit scene finally gave us our first official look at his group called the Saviors, as well as the first mention of the baseball-bat-wielding madman.

During a segment on The Talking Dead, Kirkman didn’t mince words in regard to how big Negan’s impact will be on the series:

“The fact that we're getting to that point in the show now where this catalyst is going to be thrown in at some point in the future, I can't say which episode but clearly he's been cast so you guys know he's coming up, that's just going to fundamentally change everything that we're doing in a really interesting, drastic and very scary way.”

Gimple has always liked to play things a bit closer to the vest, and in a chat with Entertainment Weekly he focused on how they plan to zig and zag into both fresh stories, as well as the iconic comic moments fans are certainly expecting (ahem). It’s interesting to note how the first meeting on the series mirrored the comic introduction for the Saviors but featured a different cast of survivors (namely, no Rick). It’ll be interesting to see how that run-in on the road plays out when the show returns in 2016.

Here’s an excerpt from Gimple’s comments:

“For people who aren’t familiar with them, I don’t want to say much. Though I do believe you should read the comics, if you haven’t yet you’re going to — I hope — have some exciting and fun discovery as the layers are peeled away on that mystery. And if you have read the comics, there are a lot of moments directly out of the book when it comes to the Saviors. And then some really cool expansions of the comic story. And some hard left turns from the comic story that do eventually wind up with a lot of very familiar small scenes form the book and big scenes from the book.”

What did you think of the post-credit scene? How will the series change once Negan becomes a factor?


(Via Entertainment Weekly, Talking Dead)

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