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“Walking Dead’s” Kirkman Promises “Unexpected,” “Shocking” Negan Debut

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“Walking Dead’s” Kirkman Promises “Unexpected,” “Shocking” Negan Debut

Negan’s coming. The fan-favorite villain from the “Walking Dead” comic is about to make his debut on the AMC zombie drama; we even got a glimpse of him (and his bat, Lucille) in a new teaser for upcoming episodes. The show has been teasing the character, which will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, all season long, and now executive producer/”Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman has discussed how the character will be introduced into the series.

Entertainment Weekly asked Kirkman about Negan’s TV debut, specifically asking if it will be as shocking and deadly as his debut in the comics. Because if so, then one beloved member of “The Walking Dead’s” cast is going to get very familiar with Lucille.

“I think everybody on the show recognizes [Negan’s debut] for the iconic, monumental moment that it is in the comic book series,” said Kirkman. “No one is discussing not doing something like that in the show. It’s a very big part of his introduction and we want to do it justice.

“But something as well known as that moment — maybe it would seem like it wouldn’t be a great thing if we did an exact sort of thing just because people might be expecting it. All I want to say is, read the comic, but you’re not going to know what to expect. Part of the reason that that moment was such a big deal in the comic is the fact that you did not expect that it was going to happen, and so we’re very confident that we found a way to keep it as unexpected in the show as it was in the comic. So it should be just as intense, just as heartbreaking, and just as shocking.”

For those curious about Negan’s comic debut, we’ll throw out a SPOILER WARNING before getting into the details. Negan debuted in “Walking Dead” #100 where he immediately beat Glenn (played by Steven Yeun on the show) to death with Lucille. Yeun has also previously weighed in on Negan’s arrival and what it might mean for his future on the show.

“I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics,” said Yeun. “There’s a clear divide in the way we tell a story on television, and the way that story is told in the comics, because it has to be. And everybody will have to see what happens, but we definitely tell our story in the way that television should be told.”

“The Walking Dead’s” sixth season comes to an end Sunday, April 3, on AMC.