negan the walking dead season 4 image comics 'The Walking Dead' Season 4: Robert Kirkman reveals whether Negan will appear

With the Governor dead, “The Walking Dead” is ready for a new villain. Many fans of the comic book have looked to Negan as the next Big Bad on the show, with some speculating he could be introduced in the second half of Season 4.

First, some context for the uninitiated: Negan is the primary antagonist in “The Walking Dead” comics after the death of the Governor. He is the leader of a ruthless group called The Saviors whose base is an area known as The Sanctuary. Those of you paying attention to the radio signal coming through when Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and Bob Stookey were driving in episode 3 might remember that it was calling people to join The Sanctuary.

Known for his love of his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire — which he calls Lucille — and his love of expletives, Negan is introduced in the comics more than 50 issues after the death of the Governor. That doesn’t often mean much in terms of time elapsed on the show, however, so many fans were thinking Negan might be introduced in Season 4b because of the reference to The Sanctuary. Well, it’s not going to happen.

“There was a lot of breathing room in the comics between them. Whether or not we have the same amount of breathing room, or if we do cut that down a little bit and bring him into the show a little early remains to be seen,” comics writer Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly. “But I definitely do think there needs to be some kind of space from a Governor into a Negan. You have to have something of a break in there.”

He adds, “I wouldn’t expect him to be showing up — definitely not in Season 4. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect it too soon. But we are all very excited about the prospect of bringing that guy into the show. The plan is that we will see him eventually.”

Even though Negan won’t be seen in Season 4, chances are that there will be whispers of him on the show. “The Walking Dead’s” central characters are scattered at the moment, so at least one group of them will likely hear about The Sanctuary and want to find out what it is, especially since the Prison is dead once and for all.

Are you looking forward to the introduction of Negan?

Posted by:Terri Schwartz