‘Walking Dead’ Season 6: Negan Cast? Not So Fast!
When a new casting notice for The Walking Dead Season 6 came out a few days ago containing the description of a character who sounds an awful lot like super villain Negan, the TWD fandom went crazy. But we’re operating under a different, Negan-less theory.
For starters, we will say certain parts of the casting notice — which calls for a character named “Rich” who is a 50-year-old narcissist with anger issues, “Senator-like charm”, and the charisma of a car salesman — are making our Negan senses tingle. But we’re not totally convinced the baseball bat-wielding baddie is joining the TWD ranks just yet.
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Though TVLine is pretty convinced this description is for Negan, the folks over at Spoil the Dead have a different theory, which we totally support.
Turns out the complete casting notice describes “Rich” as follows:
“50s - early 60s. Please submit all ethnicities. Narcissistic, egotistical, quick to braggadocio and anger, his own skin is his principal concern. He feeds off the superiority of being in control, but he plays it off with Senator-like charm. He's vibrant, and has the charisma of a car salesman.”
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Apparently this description is more fitting for a comic book character named Gregory, who is the leader of the Hilltop Colony, a locale we know we’ll be seeing in Season 6. And as you may have guessed, Gregory is no peach but he’s hardly as terrible as Negan.
We think this character description is referring to Gregory because he appears before Negan in the comics and we know Hilltop’s awesome runner, Jesus, has been spotted filming on set already. The timeline for Gregory just makes more sense.
Yes, we’re also aware Negan was a car salesman pre-apocalypse, but we’re wondering if the Powers That Be put that tidbit in there to have a little fun with us.
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Either way, Gregory’s arrival isn’t great news. For starters, he’s a pretty annoying character, and his debut means we’re just that much closer to meeting Negan for real.
At this rate we’re guessing Negan may make his debut in the beginning of Season 7, with the heartbreaking death he’s responsible for likely occurring the Season 7 midseason finale.
The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres with a 90-minute episode on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.