AMC's hit zombie series The Walking Dead continued with the second episode of Season 8 last night, which further explored the war between Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), The Saviors Rick (Andrew Lincoln) with an army comprised of Alexandria, The Kingdom and Hilltop Colony soldiers. We still have a long way to go before this season comes to an end, but before it does, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed that fans will get to know a lot more about Negan's back story. Here's what the actor had to say during a panel at this weekend's Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, where the show is filmed.
"The great thing about this year, that I can tell y'all, is that we're going to find out a lot more about Negan. There is a lot of Negan's backstory out there. We haven't filmed any of that, but there are conversations with a few characters where we'll find out a little more about him. We'll have some quieter moments this year, some one-on-one interactions where you'll learn more about where he's from. Even if you hate Negan, you're gonna start to understand how he became the man that he is and why he does the things that he does. I'm learning more about Negan every time I put on my leather jacket."
Another report from the Walker Stalker con revealed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan told the crowd that he'd like his real-life wife, actress Hilarie Burton, to play the real Lucille on the show, if they ever do flashbacks to his life before the zombie apocalypse. Before zombies took over the world, Lucille was Negan's wife, who he lost to cancer, naming his infamous barbed wire bat in her honor. The prequel comic "Here's Negan" delved into Negan's life before the zombie apocalypse, where fans got their first glimpse at the real Lucille. While there is no indication that these scenes with the real Lucille will actually be filmed, showrunner Scott M. Gimple did confirm that some aspects of the Here's Negan comic will be seen on the show, but whether or not that will include the real Lucille remains to be seen. Here's what he had to say below.
"I take that Here's Negan story as the backstory. There's some aspects of it that will probably be cool [on the show]. It's some fairly far-flung stuff... in the future, you will see some stuff from that."
The comic reveals that Megan used to be a ping-pong coach who often interacted with young men, training them to be the best while berating them in his signature Negan style. Who knows if that will be explored or mentioned on the show.
While the ratings haven't come in for last night's episode yet, we reported last week that The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere drew in 15 million total viewers, dropping 33% from last year's epic Season 7 premiere, where it was revealed that Negan killed both Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) in the Season 6 finale cliffhanger. While the number is still rather huge, it also represents the lowest premiere ratings since Season 3. While it remains to be seen if the show will be able to bring back the viewers they've lost thus far, Andrew Lincoln did tease that this season will feature some of the show's biggest deaths that have been shown thus far. The news from Walker Stalker Con comes from ComicBook.com, and hopefully we'll find out more as the season progresses.