The season finale of “The Walking Dead” season 6 has finally revealed Negan, the bat-wielding and violent leader of the Saviors played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Negan’s group that has been taking the goods of Hilltop and the one that Rick’s group has encountered and even had ambushed and killed to get a deal with the Hilltop. But the decision and the action did not turn out as expected and Rick’s group was hunted by the Saviors on their way to Hilltop to bring Maggie to their doctor. The biggest cliffhanger of all time is when Negan bashed out the brains of someone in Rick’s group, but fans have no idea who it might be.
Now, Negan was the complete opposite of Rick (Andrew Lincoln). Although both were leaders of their groups and the latter was somehow power-driven, Rick was never one to use violence unless in extreme need and for his group. Negan, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy killing.
According to Enstarz, a rollout of “Here’s Negan” from Image Comics, which published the Robert Kirkman comics, have shown that the two rather had an uncanny similarity; their back stories.
In season 1, we see Rick being abandoned in a hospital by his best friend, Shane when the Walkers took over the place and his friend thought he was already a goner. He had no idea of what happened after he was hospitalized due to a gun shot. From there, fans have followed the story of Rick along with meeting different people, getting reunited with his family and encountering attacks by the Governor and Terminus.
In the comics, Negan was shown as a foul-mouthed gym teacher before the outbreak. He cheats on his wife but soon enough learns that his wife has cancer. He had then decided to devote his life to helping out his wife battle the sickness. As the apocalypse happens, he was with his wife stuck in a hospital while watching the world fall apart from his windows.
It was pretty similar with how Rick had begun his journey in the zombie-infested world. But fans are not yet sure as to what happened to Negan and why he ended up as the worst villain in “The Walking Dead” world or if the real story will be shown on season 7.
It really wouldn’t be Comic-Con without “The Walking Dead” being present at this point. It’s one of the most-popular TV shows out there based on one of the most popular comic books out there, and it has been a staple of the San Diego convention for years. This is often the venue where the latest trailer for the season is unveiled, though we imagine that this may be a little bit more difficult thanks to the cliffhanger.
Here’s what we can tell you about the show’s panel this year: It will be (of course) in the enormous Hall H on Friday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time, with Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand and Josh McDermitt being the cast members in attendance along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, and Gale Anne Hurd. Clearly, an enormous panel as usual.
Meanwhile, the hour before at noon the “Fear the Walking Dead” panel is going to be held with Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Lorenzo James Henrie, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia in attendance. On the producing side, the only difference will be that Gimple will be replaced by showrunner Dave Erickson.
There’s also some good news coming out for fans of “Preacher,” as that panel will be held in Hall H on July 22 at 6:30, with Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish present alongside executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and co-executive producer Garth Ennis. This panel will last two hours, mostly because it will contain a live reading of the penultimate episode.
Fifteen years ago, Andrew Lincoln wasn’t the guy from The Walking Dead. He wasn’t even the creepy guy from Love Actually (the one with the signs. Not any of the other creepy guys). No, he was the guy from This Life that was getting a show all of his own in which to charm the viewing masses. That show was Teachers. And charm us he did.
Set in a secondary school in Bristol, Teachers was good enough to make us actually want to go back to school – or, for those of us who were still at school when it started, to wonder if some of the ridiculous rumours we were making up about the staff shagging each other might actually be true after all.
The show was built around Lincoln’s Simon, an English teacher who isn’t so much inspiring the next generation as trying to convince himself that he’s still one of them. He’s not there for the love of teaching, or of passing on the literary torch, or shaping the minds of the next generation. He just can’t work out what else to do. This is a common predicament for people with English degrees. Trust me. And so he’s living with his dad, having an ongoing life crisis, and trying not to think inappropriate thoughts about sixth formers.
But the show didn’t rely entirely on Andrew Lincoln to deliver; he was ably supported by a band of haphazard and hopeless colleagues. There was the borderline sex-pest duo of IT teacher Kurt (Navin Chowdry) and PE teacher Brian (Adrian Bower), plus the unliked and unlikeable senior teacher and definite sex-pest Bob. And, most charmingly of all, a few women who seemed to actually have their shit together, kind of.
Central to the show, and to Simon’s support system, was Susan (Raquel Cassidy), the endlessly patient psychology teacher. She put up with all Simon’s freakouts and failures – only to be let down by him when her own life fell apart. She was smart, ambitious, and good at her job. And she only had one nervous breakdown, which considering the crap she had to put up with was actually quite impressive.
Elsewhere, strong women bordered on the terrifying – Liz, the school secretary, ruled over everyone and made absolutely certain they knew it. Claire, the headteacher, had the terror-inducing gravitas of General Snoke. Man-child Simon just couldn’t cope with these women – except when, as in the case of fellow English teacher Jenny (Nina Sosanya), he really wanted to have sex with them. Then he became socially awkward, terrified and aroused all at once, because he was just a sucker for authority figures. Which was why he went out with a policewoman, presumably.
“I just thought whoever it was I was talking to was doing a really good Andrew Lincoln impersonation,” actress tells TheWrap
Alicia Witt wasn’t long for the world of “The Walking Dead,” but she certainly made an impression during her single-episode arc.
As Paula, the hardened and ruthless member of the Saviors who held Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Carol (Melissa McBride) captive during the AMC zombie drama’s sixth season, Witt brought to life one of the show’s most memorable villains, providing an interesting foil to Carol and her new pacifist approach to post-apocalyptic life.
“I’m finding the people who come up to me and want to talk about Paula have a lot of questions about her, but less questions than you would think based on it having been just one episode,” Witt told TheWrap, explaining that fans are pretty evenly split between those who hated her character and those who found her sympathetic.
Witt’s character met her untimely demise at the end of the same episode she was introduced, which was inevitable given Carol and Maggie’s central role on the series, but that didn’t make her death — including the shots of her face being chewed off by a walker in graphic detail — any less shocking.
Prior to her death, the bulk of Witt’s scenes were with McBride, whom she describes as one of her favorite actors on the show, and one of the few actors she actually got to know while shooting the episode in Atlanta. But Witt also described a surprise on-set meeting with star Andrew Lincoln, who only shares the screen with Witt via walkie talkie.
“I was amazed at the fact that Andy actually came out,” she said. “He drove an hour out from his home to be on the set, especially on his day off, [for] an episode that he was only in at the end of, to be the voice on the walkie.”
Even though she had been acting with Lincoln the whole time, Witt said she had no idea. “I just thought whoever it was I was talking to was doing a really good Andrew Lincoln impersonation,” she said. “Then I went to go to the bathroom and he was like ‘Hi, I’m Andy,’ and he was holding his walkie talkie.”