SDCC: Andrew Lincoln Describes The Walking Dead Season 7 as "The Negan Show"

Friday, 22 July 2016 - 2:22PM
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Friday, 22 July 2016 - 2:22PM
SDCC: Andrew Lincoln Describes The Walking Dead Season 7 as "The Negan Show"
This morning, the cast of The Walking Dead made an appearance for the press at San Diego Comic Con, and unfortunately (or fortunately) for us, there were no conspicuous absences. Every main cast member was accounted for, so we have no better idea which character is going to bite the bullet in the premiere. But we do know that there will be a seismic shift in protagonist, as Andrew Lincoln heavily hinted that Negan will be the de facto main character of season 7.



At the press event, Lincoln was asked whether the show could go on without Rick, and he said, "Absolutely," and recalled that his agent pitched the show to him as being "from Rick's perspective at first" but then turning into an ensemble. "That didn't happen," he joked.

But that will all change in season 7, as Lincoln said, "My wife was very happy that [Negan] got all the lines," and that he's "had some time off." He finished up by ominously saying, "Welcome to the Negan show."

Most likely, Rick will still be the de facto protagonist, but it sounds like Negan, with all of his insane, swear-laden monologues (when asked whether Negan would swear, Jeffrey Dean Morgan said "as much as possible") might have more screentime as the new villain. And although Negan has the misfortune of being associated with that terrible cliffhanger, this actually sounds like great news. As much as I love Andrew Lincoln, Rick stopped developing as a character a couple of seasons ago, and JDM's amazing performance as Negan was hands-down the best part of the finale.

The Walking Dead returns this fall Sundays on AMC.
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