Those “Walking Dead” fans hoping Rick was going to kill Negan in Season 7 of the AMC show are in for some bad news. It was recently announced that Negan won’t be going anywhere for a very, very long time. Not only will he continue wreaking havoc for the remainder of Season 7, but he will also return next season.
During an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” Tuesday, Jeffrey Dean Morgan said his character will be back for Season 8 and teased that fans will be seeing a lot more Negan in episodes 7 and 8. “The next two, I’m really big in,” he said.
Since we have confirmation that Negan will be returning for another season of the show, that means he will most likely kill a few more beloved characters before his exit. As fans will recall, he’s already brutally murdered Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) with his barbed-wire baseball bat Lucille.
Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic books, Negan is not done terrorizing Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group yet and will likely take out another character: Spencer (Austin Nichols). In the graphic novel, Negan makes another surprise visit to Alexandria while Rick is away. Spencer doesn’t think Rick has been a good leader so he tells Negan that Rick should be killed. Because Spencer waited until Rick was gone to approach Negan about finding a new leader of Alexandria, Negan thinks Spencer is a coward. Apparently, cowards really bother Negan, so he slices Spencer’s stomach open killing him. It’s rumored that Spencer’s death could be coming up in the next few episodes.
Earlier this month, Nichols discussed Spencer’s possible death. He told ComicBook.com that he hopes to see the iconic comic book scene plays out on TV although that would mean the end to him time on “The Walking Dead.”
“Here’s the thing, I remember reading the comics and going, ‘Oh, my God. That death is awesome,’” he said. “I sure hope he doesn’t die, but everybody does eventually. If that was his death I think I’d be pretty proud of that death — a pretty cool death by Negan. I don’t want to leave yet. I really love the job, I love the show and I’d love to stay as long as I can.”
Fans will have to continue watching to see what kind of damage Negan will cause on the rest of “The Walking Dead” Season 7 and Season 8.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.