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"We are going to war!"
—Negan to the Saviors.[src]

Negan (pronounced NEE-gan) is a main character and an antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is the leader of the Saviors and serves as the primary antagonist of the second half of Season 6, Season 7 and Season 8.

Personality

Negan is shown to be a cruel, highly intelligent, charismatic, manipulative, brutal and ferocious sociopathic man with a sarcastic, inappropriate sense of humor. Negan is a brilliant strategist and a strong, effective leader, having kept hundreds of people alive and is worshipped by many and feared by others. He appears to have complete control over his vast group and is questioned by no one, acting as a complete tyrant. Negan acts like a cult leader, as the Saviors all kneel in his presence and when asked who they are, they all respond in unison "Negan". Negan appears to care about the well-being of his group as shown when he personally killed Abraham as punishment for the slaughter of many of his soldiers at the hands of Rick and his group.

Negan is extremely ruthless and will do whatever it takes to obtain resources and supplies for his group by extorting from multiple communities, threatening them with death if they do not obey his demands or do not supply the necessary amount of supplies. Negan is shown to be a completely remorseless, cold-blooded mass murderer who kills not just for survival, but to send a message and as punishment for disobedience as seen when he brutally murdered Glenn after Daryl attacked him even after he made it very clear he would punish anyone who provoked him. He also seems to have no respect to those he views as being weak as he brutally slaughtered Spencer after he attempted to convince him to kill Rick, claiming he had no guts to do it himself. He is also extremely sadistic when killing or maiming his victims, this is likely to inspire fear in others, such as his excessively violent killings of Abraham and Glenn. It appears that he is not above killing children and adolescents as he allowed his group to kill a 16 year old boy when they first encountered the Hilltop Colony and also all boys over the age of 10 years old from another group, Oceanside, who attempted to fight back. He is also shown to be capable of severe torture and will mutilate whoever does not follow his rules, such as Dwight and will also employ psychological forms of torture as seen when he nearly made his enemy, Rick, chop his own son’s arm off to break him completely. Negan is also highly prone to psychological warfare and is extremely good at manipulating and breaking most people into submitting to him. Furthermore, Negan has openly admitted that he enjoys killing people, especially men, while he does not enjoy killing women, but he will kill a woman if he feels that he has to.

Despite his jolly, childlike behavior, Negan is shown to be a genius bruiser and is incredibly good at reading people and exploiting their weaknesses as seen when he almost immediately knew that Carl was Rick's son and that Rosita had been in a relationship with Abraham. He is also very good at knowing when people are lying, most of the time at least, as seen when he demanded to know who made the homemade bullet that Rosita used to shoot at him with, and Rosita falsely said that she made it, but Negan instantly did not believe her, and when Eugene confessed to making the bullet, Negan quickly knew that he was telling the truth. There were only a few times that Negan failed to see that he was being lied to. The first time was when Rick and Gabriel faked Maggie's death as to shield her from Negan's intention of taking her back to his compound and making her his wife. This could be because Rick and Gabriel managed to make Maggie's "death" extremely convincing (they even dug a fake grave of Maggie), even to someone like Negan. The second time was when Negan believed Eugene's lie of being a bio-engineer and makes him Chief Engineer to the Saviors. This could be justified because Negan sees that Eugene is a highly intelligent man, like himself, and has extreme knowledge of scientific things that can be very useful in certain circumstances; as a result, Negan needs someone like that in his group and simply takes Eugene's word for being a bio-engineer. The third time was when Dwight had framed Dr. Emmett Carson for freeing Daryl on behalf of Sherry, whom Dwight had claimed was dead. Negan believed Dwight over Carson, who honestly said that he had nothing to do with Daryl's escape and said that Dwight was lying and was framing him for the crime. Negan, however, failed to see that Carson was telling the truth and that Dwight was lying because he didn't believe that Dwight would take such a massive risk in betraying him and telling him that Sherry is dead, and that Dwight would have no way of getting out of being severely punished by Negan if Negan found out that Sherry was alive and Dwight betrayed him.

Negan seems to have an unhealthy obsession with his primary weapon “Lucille”, a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire and is shown speaking to it, referring to her as if she is a person and asking it to give him strength. He is incensed when Lucille is shot, losing his usually calm and flamboyant behaviour. Negan enjoys using Lucille to kill his victims, often using her excessively to install revulsion and terror into others. It is possible that “Lucille” represents a significant person from Negan’s past, and “Lucille” serves as a personal reminder for that yet-to-be revealed person.

Despite his villainous nature, Negan does not appear to be completely heartless, as seen when he spared Carl, even after he killed two of Negan’s men in an attempt to assassinate him and appeared to feel remorse for taunting him over his eye injury. He has also demonstrated care and a love of babies as shown by his reaction to meeting Judith and cradling her kindly, though these kind moments are few and far between. Also, despite seemingly having no qualms about killing adolescents and children over 10, he is seemingly against killing children under 10. He also has a genuine disgust towards sexual violence and has made a strict "no rape" policy within his group and will execute anyone breaking this rule, as seen when he killed David, one of his men, for attempting to rape Sasha. However, he is not above coercing women, including other men's wives such as Dwight's wife Sherry, into becoming his own wives in his Harem. He does claim, though, that the women are there 'voluntarily' and can leave whenever they want, at the expense of going back to working for points and being on Negan's "shit list". He also gives second chances and can be very lenient, such as giving Rosita a chance to tell him who made the bullet, and his treatment of Carl, despite the fact that Carl killed two Saviors. He also seems to show Eugene kindness by gently telling him that there is no need to be scared anymore. Negan is also, like Rick, a man of his word and has never told a lie or broken a promise, and he is always open and true to who he is and never tries to hide it. This stands in complete contrast with other antagonists in the past, such as Shane Walsh, The Governor and Gareth, who use a combination of lies, manipulation and superficial charm in an attempt to hide their true inner nature.

In addition, Negan has great respect for those he views as strong, both physically and emotionally, and those who show bravery and defiance against him. This is shown when he immediately took a liking towards Daryl for standing up to him and punching him in the face, even though Negan punished Daryl by killing his friend Glenn. Negan did the same thing with Rosita in "Hearts Still Beating", when she tried to shoot him but shot Lucille instead, and although he admired her bravery, he angrily punished her by killing her comrade Olivia. Moreover, despite his very harsh treatment towards Rick and doing everything he can to insult and intimidate Rick, Negan shows great respect for Rick and his leadership skills. He even explains to Spencer that although Rick hates his guts and wants him dead, Rick is swallowing his hate and gathering stuff for Negan so that Negan does not harm anyone else in Alexandria, and Negan admires and respects that.

Pre-Apocalypse

Virginia

Almost nothing is known about Negan's life prior to the outbreak other than he was a used car salesman. He may have lived somewhere in or near the state of Virginia. He also seems to know some uncommon sports terminology.

Post-Apocalypse

Washington, D.C

At some point after the outbreak, Negan formed a group of survivors he named "the Saviors," one notable member being Simon, with whom Negan formed a firm loyalty, and thus Negan later appointed him as his right-hand man, second-in-command.[2] Negan and his group later discovered an abandoned factory where together they managed to seize control over and took residence inside which Negan later established as his central headquarters as well as his personal home which he titled ‘The Sanctuary’. [3]

Over time, however, Negan gradually descended into a vicious, totalitarian leader who asserted his position of authority through forceful dominance and intimidation upon where he fiercely ruled over his community which mainly consisted of thugs and bandits who operated under his command.[4] Throughout the following months, Negan and his group gradually began to grow in size (consisting of over 100 survivors), upon where he appointed several lieutenants, including Wade, Paula, Gavin, Arat, and eventually Dwight; additionally, he established several outposts located throughout Washington D.C. where together they began to terrorize other survivors and communities, and subjugated them to his will.

Negan and his group soon discovered a community known as the Hilltop Colony. Immediately after the farming community's walls were built, Negan dispatched a group of Saviors; upon meeting the community leader, Gregory, the Saviors demanded half of the community's resources. In exchange, they promised not to destroy the community. Though the Hilltop was reluctant to comply, the Saviors showed their true motives by demonstrating their power, killing Rory, a 16 year-old boy, as a display of superiority.[5]

Roughly around the same time period, Negan later discovered another community named 'The Kingdom' where he dispatched a group of Saviors, where upon meeting with the community leader Ezekiel they demanded a portion of supplies in exchange for leaving the community unscathed. A truce was eventually settled between the two groups and thus they conducted weekly trades which was kept hidden from the community's knowledge.[6] Also around this time, the Saviors encountered another group, to which Negan sent out a group of Saviors and made a deal that they wouldn't kill their people if the group provided for Negan. Sometime after, the smaller group retaliated against the Saviors and failed, which resulted in the Saviors lining up and killing every male over 10 years old, then ordering the group to continue their service to the Saviors. Ultimately, the group ended their deal with the Saviors by one night leaving their original settlement on foot. Despite his harsh and violent methods, Negan was incredibly successful and kept more than a hundred people alive.

Season 6

Approximately 20 months into the apocalypse, a supply exchange was conducted between the Hilltop and the Saviors. When a group consisting of Ethan, Andy, Crystal, Craig, Tim, and Marsha was sent to deliver their share of supplies, Negan personally felt unsatisfied with the amount he received, and thus had both Tim and Marsha executed and Craig imprisoned in one of the Saviors' several outposts. Negan ordered the remaining survivors to return to the Hilltop and, in exchange for Craig's release, kill Gregory and bring his head back as evidence of his death.

"Last Day on Earth"

After Rick Grimes's group of the Alexandria Safe-Zone is captured by the Saviors following several roadblocks and a failed diversion on the way to the Hilltop Colony, Negan steps out of their RV and confronts them, introducing himself as the Saviors' true leader. Pacing back and forth before the group, he lectures them on their actions against his group and the "new world order", explaining that Rick's people owe Negan's men their supplies and that he will personally deal with them if they refuse.

He goes on to inform Rick that he is keeping his group alive as he intends to make them work for him - however, in retribution for Rick and his people killing many Saviors, Negan warns that he will have to "beat the holy hell" out of one member of the group. He begins pacing up and down the line-up while considering his choice, and introduces Lucille, a wooden baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, as his weapon of choice. He threatens to put a visibly wrecked Maggie Greene out of her misery, but her husband Glenn Rhee lunges forward, only to be dragged back in line by Dwight. Negan then commands them not to attempt that again.

Unable to decide who to kill, Negan ultimately comes up with an idea and begins pointing at each survivor with Lucille, chanting "eeny, meeny, miny, moe". Going up and down the line-up, he eventually stops on one survivor at random - as this is seen from the victim's perspective, the identity of the survivor is left anonymous. As the rest of the group begins to yell in protest, Negan warns the group not to interfere, or he will cut Rick's son's other eye out, and feed it to Rick. He then brings the bat down hard onto the head of Abraham Ford (whose fate here is not revealed until the following episode), causing him to bleed heavily. Negan is seen standing over him as they recover from the first blow, remarking, "Look at that! Taking it like a champ!" before bringing the bat down again. As Abraham's sight goes to black, Negan is then heard mercilessly beating him repeatedly, with muffled screams and protests audible from the other members of Alexandria as the episode ends.

Season 7

"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"

After seeing Negan kill two members of his own party, Rick promises the Saviors' leader that he will kill him someday. Amused, Negan acts surprised by this declaration before inquiring Simon, his right-hand, about the weapons found on Rick's being, being informed that they had found a hatchet. Negan stresses to Rick the importance of having a right-hand man in his group, asking if he has/had one of his own. He then tells Simon to give him Rick's hatchet. Standing up, Negan grabs Rick by the collar and drags him to the RV, viciously announcing that he will be back and if Rick isn't with him, his men will have permission to kill the rest of Rick's gang.

He drives Rick's axe into the table before taunting Rick over the fact that he vowed to kill him. Negan takes note of the time of day, noticing that the sun is rising, before heading to the front of the vehicle. While having his back turned, Negan challenges Rick to grab the axe and drive it into the back of his head; Rick grabs the axe and lunges at Negan, who brandishes his assault rifle and knocks Rick to the floor. Driving the axe back onto the table, Negan warns Rick not to make him get up again.

Negan then drives the RV back to the roadblocks with the burning logs, parking under the overpass next to the hanging survivor, who has since turned. He then takes Rick's axe, assuming ownership of it, before throwing it on the roof of the RV, asking Rick to retrieve it. As Rick reluctantly obeys, Negan shoves him out of the vehicle into the herd of walkers that had accumulated in response to the flames. Rick makes it to the roof with difficulty, before becoming immobilized due to his memories of the events that occurred the previous night.

Flashing back to the line-up, Rick witnesses Negan make his selection, once again playing back his "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" chant. After a long pause, Negan then closes in, selecting Abraham as his victim. After threatening the rest of the group should they try to interfere, he brings Lucille crashing down on Abraham's head, drawing blood. Abraham re assumes his defiant posture, muttering "Suck my nuts" before Negan brings the bat down a second time, cracking his skull. Negan then proceeds to continuously beat his head to a bloody pulp, much to everyone's horror.

Once he has finished Abraham off, he gleefully swings a bloody Lucille around, spattering some blood on Rick's face. After gloating to the group, he then strides over to Rosita Espinosa, having observed her particular reaction and taunting her with Abraham's remains, before he receives a right hook from Daryl Dixon, who has had enough of his insensitivity. As he reels from the hit, Daryl is subdued by several of Negan's men, including Dwight. He quickly recovers and stops his men from bringing any harm to Daryl, deciding to let him live to see the consequences of his actions.

Negan reminds the survivors of his earlier warning that he would "shut down" any kind of insubordination without exception, and that he wants the group to know exactly who he is: a man of his word. He then suddenly turns, bringing Lucille down powerfully on Glenn Rhee twice, splitting his head and causing him to bleed heavily and nearly lose an eye. Negan bends over to observe Glenn's state, taunting his feeble attempts to speak and pointing out the grievous damage to his head. After hearing him utter his final words to Maggie, Negan then shows a hint of remorse, apologizing to the rest of the distraught group for the effect that Glenn's impending demise is having on them. However, after reminding them that he had said there would be no exceptions to his punishment, Negan swings Lucille into the side of Glenn's head, knocking him to the ground, before repeatedly beating his corpse until his head is nothing but flesh, bone, brains and blood, all the while taunting the remaining survivors. After finishing Glenn, he exclaims that "Lucille is a vampire bat" and strolls over to the other survivors, asking if his "joke" was bad.

In the present, Negan informs Rick that while people die every day, his people do not have to if he would only conform to Negan's rule. Growing impatient with Rick's immobility, Negan gives him one last chance to retrieve his axe before firing several warning shots through the roof of the RV, causing Rick to spring to action and grab hold of the hanging survivor, losing the axe in the process. Just when hope seems lost for Rick, who is almost completely lowered into the hungry herd, Negan shoots down all of the walkers in Rick's area, saving him, before leading him back to the RV. He continues to taunt Rick, declaring that more of his people will die if he continues to act defiant. Rick retrieves the axe and makes it through the dense smoke to the RV, but finds it locked, Negan having locked him outside to further test and torture him. At the last moment, Negan puts down the incoming walkers and allows Rick entry. Rick begrudgingly hands the axe over to Negan, who commends him on his efforts.

Driving back to the clearing, Negan once again gleefully mocks Rick and the deaths of his group members. After cleaning the axe with a blanket and Rick's jacket, Negan hands him the axe, excitedly telling him that he has a good feeling that Rick will need it. Rick reluctantly takes the weapon, before he is forcefully dragged out of the RV and back to the group. Negan then questions Rick on whether or not he knew the purpose of the trip they had taken. He explains that he was attempting to break Rick into complying with Negan's way of living, as he saw defiance in his eyes, and defiance would only result in more conflict. He declares that Rick has failed the test and asks if he should give him another chance. Negan then commences a final test of compliance, asking for guns to be drawn to the back of each survivor's head, specifically aimed in a way that the bullet would exit through their noses, creating a "real mess".

Negan then orders an angered Carl to walk forward. He then ties his belt around Carl's left arm as a tourniquet, asking Carl if he is left-handed (using the boxing term "south paw"), to which he replies that he isn't. Once he has tied the tourniquet around his arm, Negan asks Carl to lay next to Rick, ordering him to "spread them wings". After acquiring a pen from Simon, he then marks a black line across Carl's forearm. Noticing Rick's pleas to not go through with what he believes he is planning to do, Negan turns to him before confirming that he "ain't doing shit".

Standing up, Negan orders Rick to pick up the hatchet and chop Carl's arm off at the marked line, giving specific directions on how to make the cut to ensure that the Saviors' doctor can properly seal the wound later. Negan threatens to kill the group, Carl, all of the Alexandrian citizens and, eventually, Rick if he does not comply. Michonne attempts to come to Carl's defense, saying that the group is subjugated; Negan brushes this claim off, saying that while the group may understand how the world now works, Rick does not. Noticing that Rick is indecisive, Negan then threatens to beat Carl the same way he did Glenn and Abraham if he does not make a decision. Rick attempts to do everything in his power to avoid mutilating his son, even going so far as to offer himself up to Negan in Carl's place, but he is rejected. Seeing that Rick is showing extreme hesitance, Negan grows impatient and begins to count down from 3, causing Rick to panic and wail. As Negan reaches 1, Rick, screaming in anguish, picks up and raises the axe above his head, ready to bring it down on Carl's arm, before he is stopped at the last second.

Negan declares to Rick that he answers to, provides for and belongs to him. When he sees that Rick is compliant but silent, Negan angrily grapples him, yelling that he should speak when spoken to, before repeating his commands for Rick to properly acknowledge. Seeing that he has finally broken Rick and that he is now submissive to his rule, Negan cheerfully declares this to be a productive day, thanking the rest of the group, including the now-deceased, for their participation. Negan then orders for Daryl to be taken back with them as a prisoner, informing Rick that any further insubordination will result in the mutilation of Daryl, either by his or Rick's hand. Before leaving, Negan leaves a truck with the survivors for them to cart the supplies they owe the Saviors in the following week. He welcomes the group into his new order, warning them to never try to betray him, before leaving them in shambles, giving them a final "ta-ta" before returning with his men to their base.

"The Cell"

Negan first appears wandering around the Sanctuary’s garden area. Dwight, among other Saviors in the area, kneel before Negan as he passes.

Negan later approaches Dwight, who has Daryl in custody, and encourages him to be pulled aside for a talk. Once Daryl is secured back in his cell, Negan discusses their efforts in trying to break him with Dwight. As a reward, Negan offers Dwight to sleep with one of his wives with Sherry being the first option. However, Dwight declines. Negan is slightly angered by Dwight’s refusal but allows him to follow through on his choice. When news of an escaped worker comes over Dwight’s radio, Dwight offers to go to which Negan accepts.

Negan and some of his men later corner Daryl who was attempting to escape from the Sanctuary. Negan reprimands Daryl’s attempt at escaping a failure and presents him with three options: Daryl either becomes a walker for the Sanctuary’s fence line, earn points or work alongside Negan with beneficial privileges. Daryl doesn’t reply. Negan swings Lucille at Daryl, stopping just short of hitting him, but Daryl doesn’t flinch. Negan notes and is intrigued by Daryl’s resolve in that he cannot be “scared easy” despite his dire circumstances. Negan leaves while his men restrain Daryl and return him to his cell.

Dwight having returned from his mission, wakes Daryl and leads him to an efficiency apartment where Negan awaits. Negan explains to Daryl how Dwight became one of his top men. Dwight, Sherry, and her sister (Tina) used to work for points. When Tina fell behind on points, on account of her costly medication, he asked her to marry him. Dwight, Sherry, and Tina stole the medicine and ran away.

They returned after Tina’s death. Dwight asked for forgiveness and begged Negan not to kill Sherry. Sherry offered to marry Negan if he spared Dwight’s life. He agreed — after burning Dwight’s face with an iron. Dwight has been on board ever since.

Negan tells Daryl he can be one of his top men and he can live in this apartment. “All you’ve got to do, is answer one, simple question: "Who are you?” Negan asks Daryl. “Who are you?” he asks again. After a long silence, Daryl responds with his own name. Negan orders Dwight to return Daryl to his cell.

"Service"

Negan arrives at the Alexandria Safe-Zone with a large group of Saviors – and Daryl – and demands to be let in. He is disappointed when Spencer questions who he is, having made such a ‘strong first impression’. Rick meets Negan at the gate and notes that he came earlier than planned. Negan strides into Alexandria and thrusts Lucille into Rick’s hands, saying, “Hold this.”

Negan forbids Rick or any of the Alexandrians from speaking to Daryl or they will face consequences. Rick tells Negan that they already set aside half of their supplies, but Negan says he’ll be the one to decide which supplies to take.

As the Saviors haul furniture and mattresses out of residents’ homes, Negan inquires about Maggie’s whereabouts. Father Gabriel Stokes appears suddenly and asks if Negan wants to pay his respects. “She didn’t make it?” Negan asks. Rick says nothing but shakes his head hesitantly. Gabriel leads Negan to the graveyard where Glenn, Abraham, and supposedly Maggie are buried. Negan rues Maggie’s death, telling a seething Rick he’d planned on asking her to join him as his wife at his compound. They hear a gunshot.

In the infirmary, Carl holds the Savior David at gunpoint. He orders David to return some of the medicine he took. Negan jokes about Carl's fearlessness, and Carl finally lowers his gun after Negan threatens to harm more people. As a precaution, Negan declares that he’s confiscating all the guns in Alexandria.

Negan tells Rick he’ll leave their food untouched to ensure that they remain strong enough to collect for him. Negan commands Rick to thank him, but Rick refuses. Negan says that Rick is the one who forced his hand and that is why he should thank him. Negan asks if anyone keeps guns outside of the armory. Rick assures him that all guns are kept in storage.

Arat informs Negan that two guns are missing from the armory. A disappointed Negan threatens to kill Olivia if Rick doesn’t find the missing guns.

Later, Rick brings the missing guns to Negan. He gathers his group at the gate and the Saviors prepare to leave. When Rick sees Michonne lurking in a dilapidated house nearby, Negan permits Rick to speak with her. He brings back her rifle and gives it to Negan, before asking if Daryl can stay since they’ve followed the rules and gave Negan half of their supplies. Negan asks Daryl if he wants to stay. Daryl remains obediently silent.

Negan refuses to leave Alexandria until Rick thanks him. “Thank you,” Rick concedes. A walker approaches and Negan turns to kill it. Negan retrieves Lucille from Rick. “In case you haven’t caught on, I just slid my dick down your throat and you thanked me for it.” The Saviors leave with half of the Alexandrian’s belongings and Daryl in tow.

"Sing Me a Song"

Negan appears after Carl calls him out, having killed one of the Saviors. He taunts Carl, who shoots another Savior and is tackled by Dwight. Negan tells Dwight to back off and offers to show Carl around the compound.

From a catwalk, Negan addresses the crowd kneeling on the factory floor. He announces that the Saviors secured a big load of goods and everyone will get fresh vegetables at dinner, regardless of how many points they have. Everyone cheers. He whispers to Carl, “You see that? Respect.”

Negan takes Carl to a nicely appointed room and introduces him to his “harem.” Negan pulls Sherry aside; she reluctantly concedes that Mark, a Savior, shirked his work duties to be with Amber, one of Negan’s wives. Sherry asks Negan to go easy on Amber. He admonishes Amber for cheating on him; she tears up and assures Negan that she loves him. Negan boasts to Sherry that he went easy on her, and then kisses her.

Negan takes Carl to his apartment; he orders Carl to sit across from him and remove his hat and eye bandage. “That is disgusting,” he says and gleefully mocks Carl’s scarred eye socket. Humiliated, Carl starts crying. Negan, in a rare act, apologizes for hurting his feelings. Fat Joey stops by Negan’s apartment to give him Lucille, which Negan left by the cargo truck. After laughing along with Negan's jokes on how he handled Lucille, he dismisses Joey harshly. Negan tells Carl that his eye is “rad as hell” and advises Carl to leave the bandage off so nobody will mess with him. He orders Carl to sing him a song, who reluctantly complies.

Negan asks if his mother used to sing that to him, correctly guessing she is dead. Carl explains that he shot her to prevent her from turning. Negan remarks that no wonder he is a future serial killer in the making. Negan and Carl leave the room, with Negan claiming that the iron is ready.

Later, Saviors gather around a furnace on the factory floor, where Mark is tied to a chair. Negan orders Carl to hold Lucille as he reiterates the importance of rules. He brands Mark’s face with a hot iron as punishment for his infraction. He orders Emmett Carson to tend to Mark and takes Carl away.

Back in Negan’s apartment, Carl taunts Negan for being unable to kill him, Rick, or Daryl and tells Negan he should jump out of the window so he doesn’t have to kill him. Negan suggests they take a car ride.

Negan and Carl prepare to leave in the cargo truck. On their way out, Daryl warns Negan against hurting Carl. Negan tells Dwight to put Daryl back in his cell and drives off.

Negan and Carl knock on Rick’s door in Alexandria. Olivia answers and nervously tells Negan that Rick is out scavenging and might not return that day. She tells him that they are practically starving in order to provide for him. Negan mocks her weight and she starts to cry. He crudely proposes having sex with her to make it up to her and Olivia slaps him. Instead of being angry, Negan simply smiles and notes that he is "about 50% more into her now", showing that he actually admires her newfound feisty attitude. He then tells her to go and make some lemonade for him, and she reluctantly does so.

Negan takes a tour of Rick’s house, and is impressed with their living arrangements. Carl tries to keep him away from Judith’s bedroom, but Negan opens the door and discovers her nursery. He lifts Judith out of her crib.

Negan and Carl sit on the porch. Negan rocks Judith in his lap as he contemplates killing Rick and Carl, maybe even settling in the suburbs. Negan smiles and kisses Judith’s nose.

"Hearts Still Beating"

Negan enjoys a shave in Rick’s bathroom. He then cooks spaghetti in the kitchen with Carl, instructing him to place a setting for Rick as Olivia pours him some lemonade. They sit at the table in silence, waiting for Rick to return. Negan grows tired and places Lucille in Rick's chair, he then asks Carl to pass the bread rolls to which he says please the second time after he is ignored the first time.

Later, Negan is sitting on the porch when Spencer approaches and Arat refuses to let him see him until Negan tells her to not be an asshole. Spencer introduces himself. They share a drink as Negan pines for a pool table. Spencer tells him where they can find one. Negan smiles and calls Spencer his "new best friend".

As Negan and Spencer play pool in the middle of the street, residents gather around to watch. Spencer tells Negan that Rick’s ego is out of control and proposes that Negan appoint Spencer the new leader of Alexandria. Negan considers Spencer’s betrayal. He points out that Rick is swallowing his hatred to gather goods for Negan so he won’t kill anyone else. “That takes guts,” he says. Negan wonders why Spencer doesn’t just kill Rick himself instead of sneaking around. “It’s because you’ve got no guts,” he says as he plunges a knife into Spencer’s abdomen, disemboweling him. “There they are. They were inside you the whole time,” Negan jokes as Spencer’s guts spill out onto the asphalt.

Rosita whips out her gun and shoots at Negan; however, the bullet hits Lucille instead. Negan, enraged at the damage done to Lucille, and the attempt on his life, screams out "SHIT! WHAT THE SHIT?! SHIT! YOU JUST... YOU TRIED TO KILL ME?! YOU SHOT LUCILLE!" and demands to know who made the bullet. He does not fall for Rosita's lies when she insists it was her. He then orders Arat to kill someone; she then turns and shoots Olivia in the face.

Rick appears and yells at Negan that they had an agreement. Negan tells him about how Carl infiltrated the Sanctuary and killed two of his men, and how Spencer was plotting to have him killed, so he could be put in charge. Rick then tells him to leave. Negan agrees to go as soon as he learns who made the bullet. Tara says it was her, but a tearful Eugene confesses. Negan approaches him and tells him he believes him and he is taken away by the Saviors as Negan warns Rick he will not forget what happened that day.

"Rock in the Road"

Although he isn't seen, Negan is heard on the radio Jesus took from the Sanctuary, he gives Fat Joey an eulogy, and he tells Simon to look for Daryl in Alexandria as he knows he escaped.

"Hostiles and Calamities"

Negan returns to the Sanctuary with his new prisoner, Eugene, who shakes with terror as Laura, a female Savior, walks him deep into the bowels of the Sanctuary. Negan discovers that Daryl killed Fat Joey and escaped. He then has the Saviors barge in and beat up Dwight as Negan watches from the doorway.

Dwight sits in Daryl’s dark cell, now his cell. Negan informs him that Sherry ran away and wonders if she helped Daryl escape. Dwight defends Sherry. Negan continues hypothesizing and questions whether Dwight changed his stripes and helped Daryl himself; he then orders Dwight to find Sherry and bring her back.

Outside, by the Sanctuary fence-line, Negan orders that Simon go lead a search party to Alexandria to search for Daryl. Eugene is brought before him and is given an intimidating introduction. When asked for his name, Eugene responds with “Eugene.” Negan then prompts the Saviors for their names and they respond in unison: “Negan.” Negan grills Eugene about his credentials. Scared, Eugene falls back on an old lie and claims he has multiple PhDs and was part of the Human Genome Project. Negan asks Eugene for advice on how to prevent his fence-line walkers from deteriorating. Eugene impresses Negan with his proposed solution: covering them in a shell of liquefied metal that will make the walkers indestructible once it dries. As a reward for his ingenuity, Negan offers to send several of his wives to Eugene’s apartment.

Negan enters the factory floor, where a crowd has gathered around the furnace and he points Lucille directly at Eugene. “You are gonna wanna pay close attention to this,” he says.

Negan turns and whacks Lucille against Emmett Carson’s shoulder. Negan accuses Carson of helping Daryl escape in order to impress Sherry. He shows Carson a note from Sherry, which Dwight clipped from her farewell letter and planted in Dr. Carson’s desk. “Goodbye - Honey,” it reads. Carson accuses Dwight of lying, but he quickly folds and falsely confesses when Negan threatens him with the iron.

Negan stares intently at Eugene before he grabs Dr. Carson and throws him face-first into the furnace, burning him alive. Negan puts his arm around Dwight, saying “Good thing we have a spare Dr. Carson.” Negan pays Eugene a visit. He tells Eugene that he doesn’t make his invitation lightly and explains that he doesn’t need to be scared anymore. Negan asks Eugene “Who are –” but Eugene interrupts before he can finish the question. “I’m Negan,” Eugene says.

"The Other Side"

Negan emerges with Lucille outside the Sanctuary and greets Harlan Carson, who was taken from the Hilltop by Simon and his men. He hugs Eugene and hands him a walkie-talkie before he walks back inside the Sanctuary.

"Something They Need"

Negan arrives at Sasha’s cell as one of the Saviors, David, is about to rape her. He angrily reminds him that rape is forbidden and that he crossed the line. When David apologizes, Negan stabs him through the neck, refusing to accept his apology.

Negan asks Sasha if Rick sent her to kill him but she assures him he didn’t. Negan, impressed by Sasha’s “lady nuts,” asks her to join the Saviors. He unties her wrists, gives her his knife and presents his proposition: she can choose not to use the knife, allowing David to reanimate and kill her, or she can save herself and use the knife against David, but she’ll have to join Negan’s cause. He leaves the cell.

Negan opens the door to Sasha’s cell and sees the knife protruding from David’s forehead. “You win,” Sasha says, agreeing to join him. Negan retrieves the knife and says that Sasha needs to further convince him of her loyalty. He tells her that he knows Rick is formulating a plot against him and that he plans to enlist her help in stopping him.

"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"

Negan brings a tray of food to Sasha’s cell. He assures her she doesn’t have to die that day but warns that someone from Rick’s group does. She asks him what he needs from her. Negan tells Sasha how he plans to use her in his attack against Alexandria. He insists on executing three people, but Sasha bargains him down to one. He complies.

Meanwhile, Negan and his crew works to remove chopped down trees blocking the road, delaying their arrival at Alexandria; a diversionary tactic secretly employed by Dwight. Negan suspects Alexandria is responsible, and reminds Simon that they have a Plan B. Eugene asks Negan’s permission to approach Rick and try to defuse the situation before resorting to warfare.

Earlier, As Negan’s group mobilizes to attack Alexandria, Sasha tells Negan that she wants to travel to Alexandria in the casket so she can rest. She requests a bottle of water. Inside the coffin, Sasha selects a song from the iPod Eugene gave her. As music begins to play, she pops the suicide pill in her mouth and chases it with water.

A Scavenger alerts everyone in Alexandria to the Saviors’ arrival. Rick assumes his position at the front gate, with Jadis crouching by his feet, hidden from view. Negan’s caravan arrives. Eugene steps out and tries to convince Rick to surrender. Rick hesitates, stricken by Eugene’s betrayal, then gives Rosita the signal to detonate the explosives. Rosita pushes the detonator, but there is no explosion. Before Rick can reach for his gun, Jadis leaps up and aims her gun at Rick. Simultaneously, the Scavengers all turn their guns on the Alexandrians.

Negan emerges from a truck and taunts Rick as his Saviors open the truck that holds the explosives. Negan's men remove a coffin from their flatbed; he announces that Sasha is inside, alive and well. He tells him that he was aware of Rick's plan to defy and attack him, as Jadis was the "little birdle" that revealed his plans and offers to let her live if Rick turns over all their guns, and Daryl. Even then, Negan will still execute one Alexandrian of Rick’s choosing. If he refuses, Negan will kill them all. Rick insists on seeing Sasha. Negan taps Lucille against the casket, knocking.

Negan opens the casket door. Sasha, now a walker, lunges at him. Rick’s group takes advantage of the ensuing chaos and turns their guns on the Scavengers. Those on the guard posts open fire on the Saviors outside. Michonne fights Farron on the balcony. In the chaos, Rosita is shot, and shortly after is escorted away by Tara. Rick tries to join the fight, but Jadis holds him at gunpoint. Meanwhile, Roy removes the zombified Sasha from Negan, but she then proceeds to devour Roy's face as Negan and Simon hide from gunfire behind a truck. Negan screams to Simon that they need to put Plan B into action.

In the streets below, The Saviors and Scavengers have gained control of the situation; some Alexandrians have been killed, and the rest are in custody. Jadis leads Rick to Negan and orders him to kneel beside Carl, who is surrounded by over a dozen Saviors. She reminds Negan of their deal, twelve people in exchange for the Scavengers’ help in the attack. Negan swiftly bargains her down to 10.

Rick and Carl look on in horror as a body plummets to the ground, from Michonne’s balcony post. Negan vows to kill Carl and cut off Rick’s hands as punishment for Rick’s collusion. Rick swallows his fear and furiously reiterates his pledge to kill Negan, regardless of the threats he makes. Negan stares at him for a moment, before smiling. As Negan prepares to strike Carl with Lucille, Shiva leaps onto and mauls a nearby Savior. Carol and Ezekiel arrive at the head of the Kingdom regiment in an attack, as Maggie arrives with the Hilltop fighters. A battle ensues as the Saviors and Scavengers are caught off guard. Rick and Carl join the fight. Negan orders a retreat as Shiva mauls another of his men to death. Before he escapes, Negan is surprised to see Maggie, alive and well, leading the Hilltop warriors. Negan and his men leave under a hail of bullets and gives his attackers the middle finger before escaping. 

Back at the Sanctuary, Simon and Dwight inform Negan that preparations are underway for plan B. Negan asks Eugene how Sasha managed to die in the casket. Eugene surmises that she ran out of air. Negan looks doubtful, but concedes it's possible. Negan then addresses his Saviors amassed in the courtyard. “We are going to war,” he declares.

Season 8

Negan will appear in this season.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Negan has killed:

Relationships

Dwight

"You see, I know my Dwighty boy. See, all he needed was one more night in the hole, get his head screwed on straight. It worked before, and it worked now."
—Negan on how much he trusts Dwight to Carson.[src]

Negan and Dwight have a civil, yet strained, relationship. As revealed by Negan in the episode "The Cell", Dwight and his wife fled from the Saviors and simultaneously stole insulin for Sherry's sister, Tina, who was diabetic, after the points price for the medicine became unmanageable for them. After Tina's death, Dwight and Sherry returned to Negan and pleaded for forgiveness. Negan decided to marry Sherry at her request on the condition Dwight lived; he was, however, still punished by being badly scorched on his left cheek with an iron. Since that incident, Dwight has been unfavorably loyal to Negan and worked his way up the Saviors' ranks, becoming one of Negan's top men. This is seen in "Last Day On Earth" when Dwight goes so far as to almost kill Glenn after Glenn desperately jumps towards Negan after he threatens to kill Maggie. Negan orders Dwight to get Glenn back in line, which he does without question.

Hence, Negan puts intense trust in Dwight and occasionally jokes with him, much to Dwight's dismay (as most jokes are at Dwight's expense).

However, their relationship may have been severed when Dwight witnesses Negan kissing Sherry, showing jealousy and reaffirming his strong disdain for Negan.

Currently Negan is unaware of Dwight's secret betrayal and plot to overthrow him by joining forces with Rick's group as a double-agent.

Sherry

Negan and Sherry have a forced, unstable relationship. Before being one of Negan's "wives", Dwight, Sherry and her sister, Tina, used to work for points until they decided to steal some insulin and flee. After Tina was killed, Sherry and Dwight returned to The Sanctuary and, as punishment for their acts, Negan was going to kill Dwight until Sherry proposed that she will marry Negan if he let Dwight live. Negan accepted the offer but still punished Dwight by burning his face with a hot iron.

With her becoming one of Negan's harem and Dwight eventually appointed as a high ranking member of The Saviors, they are separated from seeing each other though they still manage to secretly meet up occasionally. It is implied that Negan views Sherry higher compared to the rest of his harems. Despite this, it is likely that Sherry deeply despises Negan for his actions towards her and Dwight as she escapes the Sanctuary just to get away from Negan once and for all. Had Dwight not lied about her death, Negan would most likely hunt her down and kill her.

Currently Negan is unaware that she is not dead.

Tina

Originally, Tina alongside her sister, Sherry and brother in-law, Dwight worked for points under Negan at The Sanctuary until she began to fall behind on points and was unable to purchase insulin to treat her diabetes. Negan then offered to marry her to solve her problem. After telling him she would consider his proposal, Dwight stole all the medicine and fled with both Tina and Sherry. It is implied Negan did desire her to such an extent that he sent a search party led by Wade to capture the trio and bring them back, and was later furious that Tina got killed.

Simon

"Simon's my right-hand man. Having one of those is important. I mean, what do you have left without them? A whole lot of work."
—Negan to Rick about Simon.[src]

Simon is Negan's right-hand man, and the two have a strong relationship. Simon is extremely loyal to his leader and obeys his orders without question. It is evident that Negan views Simon very highly and claims that if he wasn't around, there would be a lot more work to do. During an ambush by Alexandria, Kingdom, and The Hilltop, it can be seen that Negan and Simon like to stay close to each other during war. This is most likely due to both working well together and trusting each other completely.

Gregory

Gregory is shown to be quite fearful of Negan and becomes submissive to his demands, giving him half of his community supplies, after Negan and the Saviors killed a member from the Hilltop. Negan takes advantage of Gregory's cowardice and begins demanding more supplies. After some time, he can't keep up to the amount that Negan wants, so Negan kidnaps Craig and sends Ethan to kill Gregory for failing to follow his orders. After the attempt of taking Gregory's life fails, the leader of the Hilltop decides to make a deal with Rick Grimes's group to eliminate Negan and the Saviors once and for all. Instead of doing it himself, he sends Simon to deal with Gregory at the Hilltop after Rick's people had killed every Savior from one of the outpost.

Rick Grimes

"You ever hear the one about the stupid little prick named Rick who thought he knew shit but didn't know shit and got everyone that he gave a shit about killed? It's about you."
—Negan to Rick.[src]

Negan and Rick have a spiteful relationship.

Negan was first made aware of Rick Grimes and his group of survivors after Rick led a raid on a Savior outpost which resulted in the deaths of all its inhabitants. Hence he personally sent Dwight with a group to retaliate in whichever form possible which resulted in more deaths and the murder of Denise Cloyd.

Negan was able to organize a joint effort of roadblocks and psychological intimidation to trap Rick Grimes with a portion of his group to exact his revenge and break them into servitude. Once captured, Negan bludgeons Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee to death hoping to display authority but Rick still remains defiant, threatening to kill him. Amused and unsatisfied, Negan forces Rick to risk his life to attain a hatchet among a large group of walkers whilst verbally mocking Rick for thinking he could live a safe life with his group. Negan eventually breaks Rick when he forces him to attempt to cut off his son's arm after he notices that Rick is still defiant, stopping Rick shortly before the amputation could occur. Satisfied, Negan leaves the group in a shattered state.

Negan continues to converse with Rick in the style of a laid back bully whenever they meet such as when Negan arrives at Alexandria for Rick's first tribute. Negan clearly observes Rick's hatred towards him for his actions but remains unconcerned and continues his dark sense of humor. However, whenever Rick makes a statement or action that Negan disagrees with his cheerful tone becomes stern and serious to remind Rick who's in charge - such as the case of the missing guns.

Negan respects Rick to a degree for his leadership and survival skills but ultimately for being a selfless individual. Negan makes this point to Spencer that Rick is 'swallowing' his hate for him for the sake of everyone in Alexandria and being a proactive survivor.

However, when Negan learns of Rick's plot to revolt against him from Jadis - leader of the Scavengers - he becomes so irritated by his defiance that he returns to Alexandria to quell any notion of rebellion. Rick and his group manage to thwart his plan and cause him and a few of the Saviors to retreat. Disappointed and enraged, Negan resorts to "Plan B": go to war with Alexandria and eliminate Rick Grimes.

Carl Grimes

"I gotta tell you, Rick, if I had a kid, I'd want him to be just like your kid, which makes this so much harder."
—Negan to Rick about Carl.[src]

Upon encountering Carl for the first time, Negan takes an immediate interest in the teenager. Carl, however, shows nothing but anger and hatred for him, something that impresses Negan. When he gives a speech to the group, unlike the rest of the group including his own father, Negan bends his knees in front of Carl to talk to him, showing he somehow respects him. When he learns that Carl is Rick's son, he further taunts that he wishes not to kill the "little future serial killer". After choosing the first Lucille victim, he warns the group to not interfere least he will bring more harm by cutting Carl's other eye and feeding it to his father. Carl then witnesses the brutal death of first Abraham, then Glenn, at the hands of Negan. Later, he is brought upfront by Negan who unbuckles his belt and uses it to tie Carl's left arm. Negan then forces him to lay on the ground, draws a line on his arm and forces a fearstricken Rick to decide to chop it off. Whilst Rick is emotionally broken and pleading, Carl is scared but resolute, telling his father to "just do it". When Rick is about to do so, Negan halts him, telling him that he has proven his point. When Carl later attempts to kill him, Negan shows him around the Saviors compound and makes Carl show him his missing eye. Negan asks to touch Carl's eye socket and delights in it at first until he sees that he's driven Carl to tears. In an uncharacteristic move, Negan stops and apologizes for driving Carl to tears and begins teaching him about what he thinks it takes to be a man. He also shows some sympathy for Carl having to kill his mother.

In "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life", Negan tries to kill Carl as a lesson to Rick, but is stopped when the Kingdom and the Hilltop attack and force him to retreat. Before he attempts to kill Carl, Negan expresses regret at having to do so, telling Rick that he actually likes Carl.

Abraham Ford

"Red - and hell, he was, is, and will ever be red. He just took one or six or seven for the team!"
—Negan explaining Abraham's death.[src]

Negan was slightly intimidated by Abraham and felt it was too dangerous to keep the larger man alive. After being captured by Negan and his Saviors, unlike the rest of the members, Abraham shows completely no fear in facing them. When Negan stands and glances right at him, Abraham continues to stare at him which slightly amuses Negan before remarking that he needs to “shave his shit”. After simply unable to decide who to kill, Abraham then watches Negan who is chanting "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" and walking one person to another while pointing his bat at them before finally picking Abraham. After warning them not to interfere, Negan then slams the bat to Abraham’s head, causing him to bleed heavily. Before his death, Abraham utters “suck my nuts” to Negan, who then proceeds to bash his head several more times, completely mutilating his head before mocking his last words.

Glenn Rhee

"Buddy, are you still there? I just don't know. It seems like you're trying to speak... but you just took a hell of a hit! I just popped your skull so hard your eyeball just popped out... and it is gross as shit!"
—Negan in amusement of Glenn's disfigurement.[src]

Negan and Glenn hardly knew each other but Negan shows amusement for him after Glenn desperately tries to intervene him from harming Maggie. He warns them all not to do that again or he will “shut down that shit, no exceptions”. After Negan finally picks Abraham as the Lucille victim, Glenn watches in horror as Abraham is smashed by Negan to death. After Daryl attempts to retaliate against Negan for taunting Rosita, Negan teaches the group another brutal lesson by hitting Glenn in the same fashion as Abraham, and reiterating his earlier statement that one insubordination would be pardoned but any other would be halted with no exceptions. He further taunts Glenn’s mutilated face who is trying to speak to Maggie before delivering more blows to his head. His head is totally destroyed.

Maggie Greene

"That widow is alive guns a'blazin!...You taste that, Simon? That is the taste of shit!"
—Negan angrily discovering that Maggie is alive.[src]

Negan and Maggie have an extremely poor history with each other.

Negan first meets Maggie along with her group members when he and the Saviors capture them in a remote forest. Upon first inspection, he teases her with some rude remarks and calls her appearance “shitty” without knowing of her pregnancy. Negan even considers her a potential victim before her husband, Glenn Rhee, intervenes.

Negan eventually selects Abraham Ford as his victim as punishment for the deaths of his men at the group's hands and beats his head to a bloody pulp, horrifying her. Maggie become completely heartbroken when she witnessed her husband be executed in the exact same fashion, punishment for Daryl punching Negan shortly after Abraham's death. After breaking Rick Grimes into his servitude, Negan leaves her and the group in a shattered mess. Despite being utterly distraught, Maggie tells Rick to get ready to fight Negan and the Saviors, wanting immediate revenge.

When Negan arrives at Alexandria for their first offering he asks Rick where the 'sick girl' is, expressing an interest in her, before explaining that he was intending to take her back with him further saying that he has an interest in widows because they're special. Negan is then led to believe that she had died of her condition with a grave as supposed proof, unaware of her living safely at the Hilltop Colony.

Negan later discovers that Maggie is actually alive and well, enraged he had been tricked of her demise.

Maggie is resolute in her desire to end Negan and the Saviors, both to preserve a future free from tyranny and ultimately avenge her husband.

Rosita Espinosa

"Shit.. What the shit?! Shit! You just.. You tried to kill me?! You shot Lucille!"
— Negan to Rosita after she tries to kill him[src]

Rosita looks to show fear of Negan after being captured by him and his Saviors. She is shocked and heartbroken when he beats Abraham to death with Lucille. Negan senses they were together and taunts her by forcing her to look at his bat, now covered in Abraham’s blood. When Negan then kills Glenn as a result of Daryl sticking up for Rosita, she watches in horror and sadness.

When Negan orders Alexandria to give half of their supplies over, Rosita refuses to scavenge for him. Instead, she insists that Eugene make her a bullet, most likely with the intention to kill Negan.

After Negan kills Spencer, an angry Rosita tries and fails to kill him with the bullet Eugene made for her. He is furious when Rosita shoots Lucille instead, and has Arat hold a knife to her face. As punishment for her actions, Olivia is killed. Rosita deeply despises Negan and has made it a personal mission to kill him in order to avenge Abraham and Glenn.

Daryl Dixon

"We got ourselves a red situation. I need a search party. See if Daryl ran home like the dumb animal that he is"
—Negan over the radio when he learns of Daryl's escape[src]

At first Negan does not show any sort of interest in Daryl. However, when Daryl punches Negan after killing Abraham and taunting Rosita, Negan is shocked and impressed. Despite this, Negan brutally kills Glenn as punishment for his action, much to Daryl's horror and sadness.

Still intrigued from earlier, Negan orders Dwight to capture Daryl before the group is released, as he wants to develop Daryl into another soldier. While in his capture, Negan finds Daryl's defiance and resolve both amusing and astounding. Despite having trouble breaking him into the Savior's ranks, Negan continued to enjoy having Daryl in his servitude up until Daryl's escape. It is evident that Daryl hates Negan deeply and wants to fight him and the saviors and kill them all.

Spencer Monroe

"Oh, how embarrassing, there they are! They were inside you the whole time. You DID have guts! I've never been so wrong in my whole life!"
—Negan to Spencer after killing him.[src]

Negan first meets Spencer at the front gate of Alexandria Safe-Zone to collect his first 'offering' to which Spencer questions who is he. Negan immediately shows displeasure, having made such a 'strong first impression'.

In "Hearts Still Beating", when Negan returns to Alexandria for the second time, Spencer introduces himself and the two share a drink on Rick's porch to which Negan acknowledges Spencer as his best friend. Later, they are seen playing pool outside while being watched by the Alexandrians and the Saviors. Spencer tells him that Rick is a bad leader and proposes that Negan put him in charge once Rick is killed. Negan is irritated that Spencer would wait for Rick to be gone before approaching and asking him to do his dirty work. He tells Spencer it's because he has no guts before stabbing him in the stomach and disemboweling him.

Negan shows no remorse for killing Spencer as he mocks him for having guts after killing him.

Michonne

"Man, I love a gal that buys me dinner and doesn't expect me to put out."
—Negan to Rick on Michonne[src]

Michonne at first appears to be extremely afraid of Negan when he and the Saviors capture her and the group and is shocked when he kills Abraham and Glenn. When Negan arrives at Alexandria, Michonne is reluctant to give up her gun for him, but allows Rick to hand it over and wordlessly drops the deer she shot on the ground when Negan orders Arat to get it. Michonne most likely despises Negan deeply and wants to fight him and kill him in order to end the subjugation of her community.

Sasha Williams

"You got me wrapped around your little finger. You know that? And it's not a man/woman thing. I mean, if you had a dick, I would still have these feelings."
—Negan praising Sasha.[src]

Negan and Sasha shared a brief relationship.

Negan first meets Sasha when she is captured along with her fellow group members in a remote forest. When Negan selects and kills Abraham among them as punishment for the slaughter of his men at their hands, Sasha becomes distraught and horrified as the two had a romantic relationship. Fueled with rage, Sasha would try to take ever chance she could to take down Negan and avenge Abraham and fellow friend Glenn Rhee who also died in the forest.

Sasha eventually falls under Negan's capture again when she tries to assassinate him on a suicide mission. Despite the attempt on his life, Negan openly admires Sasha for her bravery and sees a potential recruit in her. Negan even notes to Sasha that he thinks she's "something else".

When Sasha commits suicide to reanimate as a walker and attack Negan he laments on her demise as her potential for serving at his side was now wasted.

Olivia

"I'm about 50 percent more into you now. Just sayin'."
—Negan to Olivia after she slaps him.[src]

Negan and Olivia have a soured relationship with Negan initially thinking very little of her and Olivia being terrified of him.

Upon their first encounter, Negan makes jokes and insults about Olivia’s weight privately to Rick. Olivia however soon becomes his hostage when it's discovered two handguns from Alexandria's armory have been misplaced as Negan wished to take all of Alexandria's firearms. When the guns have been found, he happily releases her.

Negan encounters Olivia a second time when returning Carl back from the Sanctuary. When Olivia expresses the community's dire food situation, Negan mocks her obesity by claiming it hard to believe she's "practically starving" which causes her to cry. Negan is perplexed by her sensitivity but eventually relents for his abusive behavior and apologizes, offering sex until Rick returns from a supply run. Offended, Olivia slaps Negan. Surprisingly, Negan rubs it off and says his interest in her has increased then orders her to make him some lemonade.

In "Hearts Still Beating", Olivia is shot and killed by Arat after Negan ordered her to kill somebody after Rosita refused to tell who made the bullet. However, Negan tells Rick that personally he wouldn't have picked her to go.

Judith Grimes

"Oh, my! Look at THIS little angel!"
—Negan, when he first encounters Judith.[src]

When Negan stumbles into Judith's room, despite Carl's attempts to conceal her existence, he is immediately delighted and lifts her out of her crib. She is then shown asleep in his arms on the porch as he calls her precious.

Eugene Porter

"I know how hard it can be to accept change, to get on the right team. But I need you to understand something. I do not make this invitation to everyone."
—Negan to Eugene[src]

Negan first meets Eugene when he captures him in the RV and lines him up with Rick group and he watched Negan beats Glenn and Abraham to death with the baseball bat.

Later, after Rosita's failed attempt to kill Negan, he furiously tries to find who made the bullet. Eugene confesses that he was the one who did it and thus he and his men took him as hostage.

After arriving at the Savior's base, Negan was impressed by Eugene's intelligence and believes his lie about being a bio engineer. Thus he makes Eugene become a Chief-Engineer of the Saviors.

Surprisingly, Eugene is one of few people that Negan does not directly threaten or harm, and Negan mostly gives him respect, hospitality, and even kindness to an extent.

Emmett Carson

"You left the door open and let my puppy out! You knew Sherry hated Daryl being here, so you let him out for her, be the hero. Then you could move in. That is some weaselly shit right there."
—Negan blaming Emmett for Daryl's escape.[src]

Negan and Emmet Carson's relationship were considered neutral. He sees him useful for treating his injured men and considers him a great doctor.

However after Dwight frames him for falsely aiding Sherry for Daryl's escape, Negan becomes furious at Emmett and shows Dr. Carson a note from Sherry, which Dwight planted on his desk. After Dr. Carson falsely confesses that he did it to avoid the iron, Negan grabs him and throws him into the furnace, burning him alive.

Amber

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Mark

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Frankie

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Tanya

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Arat

"Arat, kill somebody."
—Negan to Arat[src]

Arat is shown to be completely loyal to Negan and is one of his closest associates. He clearly trusts her to carry out his orders without question, such as when she mercilessly killed Olivia on his orders. She also tackled Rosita to the ground after she attempted to assassinate Negan, showing that Arat is willing to protect her leader from danger.

Laura

Little is known about the relationship between Negan and Laura, but she has proved to be loyal to Negan. Thus, she become one of the Savior's members.

Gary

Little is known about the relationship between Negan and Gary but he does see him as one of his loyal and trusted men.

David

"You were trying to rape this woman, weren't you? This is some unacceptable behavior. Rape is against the rules here. I wouldn't wanna be somewhere where it wasn't."
—Negan confronting David.[src]

Negan and David's relationship was neutral at best. Negan knew that David was the threatening type. However, their relationship becomes hostile when David tried to rape Sasha and broke one of his most important rules. Because of this, Negan kills David, not even accepting his apology for his wrongdoing.

Gavin

Little is known about the relationship between Negan and Gavin as they haven't been seen interacting on-screen so far. However, it can be assumed that Negan holds enough trust and respect for him to become one his lieutenants and being in charge of the weekly tribute from The Kingdom.

Jared

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Appearances


Trivia

  • Negan is the fourth major recurring antagonist in the TV Series, the first being Shane Walsh, the second being The Governor, and the third being Gareth.
    • He is also the only antagonist to stick around for more than one and a half seasons. This makes him the longest living recurring antagonist in The Walking Dead.
  • Henry Rollins, who partially inspired the character's design, auditioned for the role. However it was ultimately handed down to Jeffrey Dean Morgan instead.[7]
  • Negan's signature weapon is a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire he calls "Lucille".
  • Upon describing the character, Kirkman stated that "Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that's going to be dropped onto the show and the show will probably never be the same after that".
  • Negan's outfit was designed by costume designer Eulyn Womble, who custom made his jacket, belt and hand wraps in order to specifically match his comic book counterpart.[8]
  • Upon discussing Negan's foul-mouthed nature, Jeffery Dean Morgan stated: "We're going to push AMC- the plan is to push them as far as they can because it's who Negan is. He uses some colorful language. And I use some colorful language. And reading the comic, it's important. So we'll see where that lands. It's our intention that this character is going to leap off the pages of the comic book. It's very important that that's who it is. Some of the characters there's much more leeway, but Negan is a guy that you want to keep as true as possible, and that would be how I want to play him as well."
    • Negan's first appearance in "Last Day on Earth" featured no use of the word "fuck", and Negan's general language was kept tame. However, in the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Season 6, his debut was partially a re-shot, featuring speech almost identical to his comic counterpart.
  • According to Robert Kirkman, he expressed that Negan and Rick share several similarities as the pair have even been described as 'two sides of the same coin, only Negan's moral compass is a little more out of whack'.[9]
  • Negan has killed the fourth largest amount of living characters on the TV show with at least 33, Carol has the third largest with at least 40, Rick has the second largest with at least 44, and the Governor has the largest with over 50.
  • In an interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, upon being questioned regarding any insight into Negan's backstory, he elaborated that Kirkman is creating a prequel story solely dedicated to the character titled Here's Negan. Morgan expressed hope of divulging into this, however nothing is confirmed as of yet. Scott Gimple has stated he has an idea to show Negan's backstory however it's unknown when it will be shown.
  • The casting call name for this character was Orin. He is described as being a "A physically imposing, charismatic, brutal, smart, ferocious, frightening, hilarious, inappropriate, oddly friendly, fun loving sociopath that is both a leader of men and a killer of men. He has both a practical and emotional intelligence, he's a brilliant strategist, he's pure, dangerous, murderous, often gleeful, that still has both discipline and a code. And he has a temper that can vaporize people. He's truly one of the strongest personalities ever."
  • Negan has officially killed more main characters than any other character both directly and caused. He is responsible for the deaths of 4 main characters: Abraham FordGlenn Rhee, Spencer Monroe and Sasha Williams.
    • Negan is also the first main antagonist to kill more than one main character in one episode (Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee).

References

TV Series Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlJudithLori
King County LambertPaulaShaneLeonMr. SiggardMrs. Siggard
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
Atlanta Camp CarolDarylMoralesMirandaLouisElizaGlennAndrea
MerleTheodoreDaleSophiaJacquiAmyEdJim
Nursing Home GuillermoFelipeMiguelGilbertJorge
Jenner Family EdwinCandace
Greene Farm MaggieBethHershelPatriciaJimmyAnnetteShawnArnoldOtisJosephine
Dave & Tony's Group NateRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneAndreMikeTerry
The Prison AxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Woodbury JeanetteMcLeodPhilipCaesarShumpertJacobsonOwenErynKarenGregMiltonStevensRowanEileenBettyNoahPaulJodyRichardHaleyPennyWarrenMichaelGargulioCrowleyTimEmily
Tyreese's Group SashaTyreeseAllenBenDonna
Military Personnel WilsonBradySeanFranklinWellesCallaway
Prison Newcomers BobLizzieMikaLukeMollyJulioHenryNoris
CalebDavidRyanCharlieChloePatrickZach
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group HowardMitchAlishaPete
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneRositaGabrielAbrahamEllenA.J.Becca
The Claimers DanBillyHarleyTonyJoeLenLou
Terminus MartinGregTheresaGarethAlbertMikeMaryAlex
Grady Memorial Hospital StevenTanakaAlvaradoAmandaBelloLicariPercyMcGinleyFrancoNoahDawnO'DonnellBobJeffriesGormanJoanGavinHanson
Alexandria Safe-Zone AaronEricEnidBobTobinKentBarbaraBruceFrancineScottAnnaMikeyHeathSpencerOliviaDeniseDeannaRonJessieSamDavidBetsyNicholasTommyAnnieWillSturgessBarnesRichardsHollyMichaelStacyNatalieErinShellyCarterPeteRegAiden
The Wolves OwenAphid
Hilltop Colony PaulBertieWesleyHarlanFreddieKalEduardoGregoryCrystalAndyCraigEthan
The Saviors DwightSimonNeganKenoGavinJaredLauraAratGaryAmberTanyaFrankieMarkSherryWadeCamRoyDavidEmmettIsabelleJosephChrisGeorgeNeilRomanMilesJiroPrimoPaulaMichelleMollyDonnieGabeTimmyTinaGordon
The Kingdom DanielColtonEzekielJerryDianneAlvaroKevinHenryJennyNabilaRichardBenjamin
Oceanside CyndieRachelBeatriceNataniaKathy
The Scavengers TamielJadisBrionFarronWinslow
Miscellaneous Survivors EastmanSamChristopherAnaClara
Animals ShivaNellyTabithaButtonsDukeFlameViolet
Walkers CarlaDellyJoe Sr.BillTonyNickErinDougLouiseWayneHannahSummerEddie
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.

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