If you’ve been wondering just how AMC can make Negan as menacing as he is on page, we’re with you. The greatest hurdle to overcome is no doubt the man’s extreme language. This dude drops more F-bombs than Dana White after a UFC cash cow gets destroyed in front of millions. And that’s really part of Negan’s personality… it’s kind of an important part of his personality; Negan’s colorful commentary is a defining aspect of who the man is.
While AMC constantly pushes the envelope, and delivers edgier material than the vast majority of cable networks, they do have limits. It’s hard to imagine hearing Negan break out into one of his expletive laden monologues on television. But Robert Kirkman, AMC and even Jeffrey Dead Morgan, who will play the infamous baddie, sound set in attempting to make the live-action Negan as close to the comic book Negan as possible. That likely means much harsher language than we’re accustomed to hearing on The Walking Dead.
Check out what Morgan had to say on the matter during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“The character itself is going to be as close [to the comics] as humanly possible,” Morgan assures. “Look, it [the amount of swearing the character does] is a speed bump. I’m not going to say it’s an issue because they’re working on it. We’re going to push AMC — the plan is to push them as far as they can because it’s who Negan is. He uses some colorful language. And I use some colorful language. And reading the comic, it’s important. So we’ll see where that lands.
“It’s our intention that this character is going to leap off the pages of the comic book,” he continues. “It’s very important that that’s who it is. [With] some of the characters, there’s much more leeway, but Negan is a guy that you want to keep as true as possible, and that would be how I want to play him as well.
“Negan is special in a lot of ways, and the more kind of digging I do into Negan, the more excited I get. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve been this giddy about doing a role. I think what’s there in the comic books and the graphic novels is this foundation of this man and the complexities of who he is. The excitement level of bringing this guy to life is at such a peak right now, I don’t know how I’m going to survive till April [when the show goes back into production].”
The Walking Dead is currently on hiatus, but will return to wrap its sixth season on February 14th. Look for Negan to make his debut toward the end of the season, quite possibly during the season finale.