Who is Negan on ‘The Walking Dead?’ 14 Things to Know

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Who is Negan on ‘The Walking Dead?’ 14 Things to Know

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Who is Negan on ‘The Walking Dead?’ 14 Things to Know

There’s been a ton of buzz over the introduction of Negan into The Walking Dead series. Some great — some not so great.

But one thing is for certain, the new big bad villain is a complex character with a rich backstory.

If you can't get enough of Negan like us, click through our slideshow above to get all the facts on Season 7's new terrifying leader.

The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Who is Negan on ‘The Walking Dead?’ 14 Things to Know
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1. It’s Pronounced KNEE-gan

It’s Pronounced KNEE-gan
And wouldn’t it be funny/odd/slightly disturbing if Negan is a hit on TV and people start naming their kids after him, like they do for some Game of Thrones characters?
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1. It’s Pronounced KNEE-gan

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And wouldn’t it be funny/odd/slightly disturbing if Negan is a hit on TV and people start naming their kids after him, like they do for some Game of Thrones characters?

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2. He’s the Next "Big Bad"

He’s the Next "Big Bad"
Rick Grimes has other minor adversaries before meeting Negan on TV — including Pete Anderson and Derek’s The Scavengers — but Negan's character promises to be the cruelest.
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2. He’s the Next "Big Bad"

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Rick Grimes has other minor adversaries before meeting Negan on TV — including Pete Anderson and Derek’s The Scavengers — but Negan's character promises to be the cruelest.

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3. He’s the Leader of The Saviors

He’s the Leader of The Saviors
The Saviors are a group of violent survivors based at a place called The Sanctuary, which is in the same general area as the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom, which are survivor communities in the Washington, D.C. region. Negan and The Saviors rule by fear, they demand supplies and rations in exchange for killing walkers outside of Hilltop.

3. He’s the Leader of The Saviors

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The Saviors are a group of violent survivors based at a place called The Sanctuary, which is in the same general area as the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom, which are survivor communities in the Washington, D.C. region. Negan and The Saviors rule by fear, they demand supplies and rations in exchange for killing walkers outside of Hilltop.

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4. He Kills a Beloved Character Upon First Meeting

He Kills a Beloved Character Upon First Meeting
Before we meet Negan, Rick kills some members of The Saviors, when they ambush him and demand supplies. Negan later sneaks up on Rick's group and gets revenge for the Saviors that were killed. He gives a speech and randomly chooses someone to kill, which we'll finally see in the Season 7 premiere episode.
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4. He Kills a Beloved Character Upon First Meeting

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Before we meet Negan, Rick kills some members of The Saviors, when they ambush him and demand supplies. Negan later sneaks up on Rick's group and gets revenge for the Saviors that were killed. He gives a speech and randomly chooses someone to kill, which we'll finally see in the Season 7 premiere episode.

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5. His Weapon of Choice Is Named Lucille

His Weapon of Choice Is Named Lucille
Negan carries around a baseball bat covered in barbed wire — and her name is Lucille.
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5. His Weapon of Choice Is Named Lucille

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Negan carries around a baseball bat covered in barbed wire — and her name is Lucille.

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6. He Loves to Swear

He Loves to Swear
Negan has an effing potty mouth and it's going to be effing hard for AMC to figure out how to get his character across without being effing censored. The uncut version of the final scene from Season 6 was released online, and it was epic!

6. He Loves to Swear

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Negan has an effing potty mouth and it's going to be effing hard for AMC to figure out how to get his character across without being effing censored. The uncut version of the final scene from Season 6 was released online, and it was epic!

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7. He Kind of Bonds with Carl

He Kind of Bonds with Carl
In the comic books, Negan takes an interest in young Grimes — not in a creepy way, but just out of respect, kind of like a potential protegee. He seems to see himself in Carl. Carl wants to kill Negan, but he also shows signs of Negan's darkness.
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7. He Kind of Bonds with Carl

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In the comic books, Negan takes an interest in young Grimes — not in a creepy way, but just out of respect, kind of like a potential protegee. He seems to see himself in Carl. Carl wants to kill Negan, but he also shows signs of Negan's darkness.

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8. He was in jail

He was in jail
After the war between Rick and Negan that’s already played out in the comics, the big bad was jailed in an Alexandria cell for years. He was kept as Rick’s trophy and reminder that the world can be restored, and he even offered our protagonist advice at times...
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8. He was in jail

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After the war between Rick and Negan that’s already played out in the comics, the big bad was jailed in an Alexandria cell for years. He was kept as Rick’s trophy and reminder that the world can be restored, and he even offered our protagonist advice at times...

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9. He's Not Quite Like The Governor

He's Not Quite Like The Governor
Although the Governor was a great villain, he had some weakness that Rick could've exploited. Negan is much more professional and ruthless and rules by fear with his gang following him no questions asked.

9. He's Not Quite Like The Governor

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Although the Governor was a great villain, he had some weakness that Rick could've exploited. Negan is much more professional and ruthless and rules by fear with his gang following him no questions asked.

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10. He’s Based on Henry Rollins

He’s Based on Henry Rollins
Comic book artist Charlie Adlard said Negan was based on Henry Rollins, so some fans wanted Henry to play Negan on TV, but the role went to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
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10. He’s Based on Henry Rollins

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Comic book artist Charlie Adlard said Negan was based on Henry Rollins, so some fans wanted Henry to play Negan on TV, but the role went to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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11. He Was a Teacher

He Was a Teacher
Lucille’s owner’s pre-apocalyptic occupation was mentioned in Here's Negan, a 48-page story that will reveal the big bad’s rise (or fall) into villainy, and we learned he worked as a teacher and ping pong coach.
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11. He Was a Teacher

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Lucille’s owner’s pre-apocalyptic occupation was mentioned in Here's Negan, a 48-page story that will reveal the big bad’s rise (or fall) into villainy, and we learned he worked as a teacher and ping pong coach.

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12. He’s Got “Wives”

He’s Got “Wives”
In the comics Negan has several "wives." He has a harem of sorts back at his Sanctuary, and he keeps the women — many of whom are technically married to other men — in minimal clothing at all times.

12. He’s Got “Wives”

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In the comics Negan has several "wives." He has a harem of sorts back at his Sanctuary, and he keeps the women — many of whom are technically married to other men — in minimal clothing at all times.

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13. He's Smart and Organized

He's Smart and Organized
Negan didn’t rise to power thanks to his good looks. As we saw in the finale, the mastermind placed members of his enormous group on multiple roads to block off Rick's RV, and succeeded in luring the Alexandrians straight into his trap.
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13. He's Smart and Organized

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Negan didn’t rise to power thanks to his good looks. As we saw in the finale, the mastermind placed members of his enormous group on multiple roads to block off Rick's RV, and succeeded in luring the Alexandrians straight into his trap.

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14. He Has His Own Laws

He Has His Own Laws
The leader of The Saviors has some sort of code and rules his people are expected to follow, lest they be punished. This was alluded to on the show when we saw the burn mark on Dwight's face in Episode 14, evidence he’d been severely punished after disobeying Negan.
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14. He Has His Own Laws

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The leader of The Saviors has some sort of code and rules his people are expected to follow, lest they be punished. This was alluded to on the show when we saw the burn mark on Dwight's face in Episode 14, evidence he’d been severely punished after disobeying Negan.

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There’s been a ton of buzz over the introduction of Negan into The Walking Dead series. Some great — some not so great.

But one thing is for certain, the new big bad villain is a complex character with a rich backstory.

If you can't get enough of Negan like us, click through our slideshow above to get all the facts on Season 7's new terrifying leader.

The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.