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Next “Walking Dead” Promises Big Debut From Comic, Shocking Twist

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We’ve known for months that Negan is making his way to the world of AMC‘s “The Walking Dead” at some point this season, though when he’ll arrive remains anyone’s guess. Thus far, fans have yet to see hide nor hair of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the fearsome villain, but a new tease for this weekend’s episode, “The Next World,” indicates the wait just might be over.

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“A familiar face from the comics makes his (or her!) debut during Sunday’s episode,” teases Entertainment Weekly. “But that certainly won’t be the most shocking moment – in fact, even comic book fans probably won’t see this twist coming.”

So, is it Negan? Perhaps — but perhaps not. Another fan-favorite character, Jesus (Tom Payne), is also slated to debut this season. Another major character, Gregory (Xander Berkeley), is also set to make his presence known. In the comics, Gregory is responsible for kicking off a chain of events that led to tragic consequences for Maggie and Glen.

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As for the “shocking moment,” well, your guess is as good as ours. While there are a number of major, character-defining scenes from the comics that have yet to make it to television, there are also enough differences between the two “Walking Deads” that it’s near impossible to predict when they’ll be translated to live action.

Based on Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s Image Comics series of the same name, “The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 pm EST on AMC.