Although Negan's shocking and devastating entrance into the popular AMC series wasn't necessarily "greeting", we can't deny that he is one of the most creative and well-developed characters on The Walking Dead, by far. Surprisingly, the love for the character has grown so widely, that many TWD fans have betrayed the long-loved family of Rick Grimes, to join alongside Negan, starting the now popular hashtag, #TeamNegan.
But while there are a great many who show respect for this vicious antagonist, there are a great many as-well who believe that it is Negan who has ruined the essence of the series, and what made it great. A lot of people are hoping to see Negan die in season 8, but according to Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Negan will be around for quite a while in The Walking Dead 'universe', as he puts it. Speaking on Negan's character and whether the show will explore his origins Jeffrey spoke on The Rich Eisen Show, saying:
"This season's [season 8] is going to move really fast, and we're introducing a bunch of new.. A much bigger world into The Waking Dead universe. So, there's not going to be a Negan flashback this year."
Key words: "Not going to be a Negan flashback this year".
Which means there is a very probable return of Negan's character in future seasons, but you shouldn't worry, because Negan has done a lot more good than bad for the series, or their main characters at least. Not catching what I'm throwing out? Well, here is how Negan has affected the main characters of #TheWalkingDead for the best.
1. Maggie Rhee
Everyone who has seen the show grew on automatic love for Maggie's character, but before Glenn's death, the show never gave credit to what she could do independently; without a man by her side. While she may have lost Glenn, she came to the deep realization that Glenn would live on through their child. Maggie decided that it was time to make use of herself, becoming the powerful and inspiring woman she is now.
If Negan wouldn't have killed Glenn, the show probably would've continued to push #Maggie to the sidelines. Knowing what we do now, there's no reason for us to mourn over the past, as Maggie is in better shape than she has ever been.
2. Eugene Porter
One trademark characteristic about Eugene is his cowardly and timid ways that constantly put Rick and the group in danger. Many characters such as Rosita, Abraham, and Gabriel have attempted to change his ways and make him more like them, but they have repeatedly failed. The problem wasn't him not being like the others in the group, the problem was that the group never tried acknowledging what he could do, and accept him for who he was.
Upon arriving at the "sanctuary", Negan made him feel welcome, and payed him for the skills he had owned, instead of trying to to turn him into a war soldier. In this, Eugene was able to feel more relaxed and became comfortable with his new environment, even with the certain circumstances. Bringing that fear out of him, respecting the skills he already had acquired, these are just a few of the reasons why Eugene may have betrayed Rick and the others to join the Saviors for good. With that being said, It really does make you wonder which side you should be fighting for, after all.
3. Rick Grimes
Any fan of The Walking Dead knows that Lori's (Rick's wife's) death took a toll on him, and he had never been the same since. He had lost his ways, his thought process was off-track, and his decisions were irrational. It took quite a while for Rick to step up his game once again (for the most part) and do what he had to do, in order to keep the group alive. But one saddening detail remained, Rick no longer could smile.
Seeing what he had been through, it's understandable. However, this wasn't all, he had also lost his appreciation for what he did have. This is one of the reasons why it took so long for Michonne and Rick to pursue their long-awaited relationship in the series. Negan's arrival helped Rick remember how much he still has (and has to lose), when this clicked in Rick's head, he knew they had to fight Negan, and win. Negan had took so much from #Rick, that he had actually become grateful for the things he did have. After being ambushed by the "trash people" and nearly killed, Rick smiled cheek to cheek because of his excitement to see someone else that could help him achieve his goal of killing Negan.
4. Rosita Espinosa
Before the one that she believed to be the love of her life had his brains smashed in by Lucille, Rosita was nice and genuine, but she had been livin the life that she grew up telling herself that she would never live. Talking to Sasha, Rosita admitted that she would never knock herself down, and limit herself to what a man could do, but instead do twice as much. However, with Abraham (who didn't love her back), she had felt trapped and forced to let him do all of the "manly" work, while she stood and watched.
Now free to do what it is that she desires, Rosita doesn't have to worry about the statute of limitations she had before. Believing the only thing she could do was kill Negan, Gabriel convinced her otherwise, and she set herself on a new path. Whether you like Negan's character, or absolutely despise him, there is no doubt that he has changed our heroes for the better.
What do you think? Has Negan affected our heroes for the greater good? Let me know down in the comments! The first episode of season 8 premieres October 22nd, on AMC.
Has Negan affected the main characters of TWD for the best?
(Sources: The Rich Eisen Show)