“The Walking Dead” season 10 finale “Here’s Negan” gave fans a glimpse of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan’s life when the zombie apocalypse broke out, which refreshed the spotlight on a character who has been seeking salvation in “This is Negan” In the movie, Morgan starred with his reality partner Hilarie Burton, who played Negan’s seriously ill wife Lucille. Together they showed us another side of Negan. This Negan is a pious and caring husband, not the evil and wise killer we were introduced years ago. He did his best to protect his wife. The world is full of cruel Walker.
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We talked to Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton about this key flashback plot, and how Burton really felt like stepping into a character that has long been a big secret in the series. In addition, since Negan has reconciled with his past and said goodbye to Lucille (in the form of memory and her “bat”), the direction he will now move forward, what does this mean for his hatred with Maggie?
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When “Here’s Negan” ended, Morgan’s Negan Smith decided to return to Alexandria, rejecting Carol’s gentle exile to him at the beginning of the episode. He knew that Maggie might follow him at some point, but he would not hide his fate. Morgan explained that he tried to save Lucille and then found out that when he returned to the basement she had already spent her own life, “creating the Negant we know and love.” “Or know it and hate it. That was the moment that the root was born. That was the moment that Smith passed away, that the root was born. Until the end of the episode, when he carried the bat for that ritual, except that he completely changed And flip his outlook on life and what kind of person he will become. This is his first farewell to his wife. This is actually about him saying goodbye to his wife.”
Morgan added: “Negan doesn’t run away anymore.” “I mean, whatever happens, it happens, but he’s vacillating. He has to comply with the conditions. He is no longer in a hut by himself. Place. He’s going to waver. Although I should use the term carefully. I mean, he didn’t escape from Maggie or anyone else. I think after all the time in jail, and all the reflection, I think Negan should be back, no matter what form it takes.”
So, who is Negan who appeared at the end of Season 10 finale? “I think he might be between the man from Winnebago and the man his wife was together in the last days. It will fall in the middle. It will be a new Negan. Negan 2.0. Me. I think he will use the wisdom of the past to become a new man. He will not avoid any bulls.”
Of course, this does not mean that Negant as we know it is dead and buried. As we saw in his “The Whisperer”, Negan is still a huge pain. Morgan said: “I think he can switch to this mode when needed. It’s almost his survival instinct.” “It must be the whisperer. But during the eight years he spent in prison, I think it must be. It gives people a time for introspection, and I think he is now trying to find his place in this new world. These people are obviously not loyal supporters. Having said that, I never want to leave Negan and become Negan. It will always It’s all there. He has more support than the side from Winnebago, and like all of us, we all have different support.”
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The book “Here’s Negan” now has only 24 episodes left, and “The Walking Dead” only aired its 11th season premiere on August 22. According to his schedule, however, Negan’s world is open. He said: “I think there are still many stories.” “For everyone, it’s really strange to enter last year. I only know four of them because I only watched the first four scripts. Movies, not just Because of COVID, and because we know this will be the last round.”
“That being said, it’s very exciting. The first three episodes we filmed are very huge. It took us two months to shoot three episodes. Usually we have five or six episodes. So they are huge. I don’t know. I don’t know how to package it, because now it seems that we are telling a story rather than telling a story. As far as Negan is concerned, you “this character now feels like a complete character, and there are many stories to tell him, so We just think of what the family has come up with and what I can do with the materials provided to me. “
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As Morgan said, since Negan joined the series, he has been telling the background story of Negan. He said: “We have talked about it in a hundred different ways, whether it’s a miniseries, a movie, or we can use it in a performance in some way.” “Then when these COVID happened six episodes , We call them, it seems like a good choice, it can enter there on its own and become independent.”
Likewise, having Hilarie Burton play Lucille has always been a long-term idea. Morgan said: “I think I always say that she will get a great Lucille from the jump.” “For many years, I think Angela (Angela) [Kang, EP] Scott [Gimple, EP] I already knew Hilarie with the rest of my family, which helped us a lot. This is natural.
Her own Burton shines like Lucille. She said: “Jeffrey has been talking about it for many years, and I even said on the Internet,’Bargaining on Lucille’.” “But you have to play a role. This fact proves Negan’s It’s a big move to behave so much and to explain who he is. I think Negan’s injury, his brave behavior and his behavior are completely understandable once he understands his story. And compared to the introduction. His way, it’s easier to cheer for him. Because he is a real bastard. Now, he is on the court as much as he can.
She continued: “The collaboration is the first time we two went out to play in a while,” she continued. It’s us, just like the thirty people around us. “
Morgan added: “Yes, it’s a bit like dating.” “We have to stay away from our children. Or at least eight hours a day.”
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Of course, actress Hilarie Burton can not only play Lucille. She must play Lucille As a walker, And it would take a long time to do so (because Negan didn’t put her down immediately). “I like it. Like, I really like it.” Burton shared. “I think the special effects department also had a good time, because usually when the cast and crew walk on the complete walker, it is a sad thing, because it means their running is about to end. There is no forever. The expectation of living, for me, I didn’t do that kind of work. You know, I made a Christmas movie and dressed up like an elf, so to be a complete zombie is definitely a departure. Have a great time with us. We will visit our children between scenes to see how our children react to this.”
However, naturally, a lot of walker makeup will bring a lot of walker complications. Burton said: “When Negan reacted to Lucille as a walker, this was the first time Jeffrey looked at me like this.” “He deliberately left all day. Therefore, when he took his schoolbag away from my head, this was the first time he saw me. Really It took him a long time to find me, and the bag had been attracted by the moisture in my mouth. So when you see Lucille panting and becoming a zombie, it is indeed a methodological job,” she said with a smile, “I’m like’I bet you are playing butt, but I can see you , Because I have a bag on my head, so let’s wrap it up. ‘”
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“Here’s Negan” borrowed a lot from the comics, but it also deviated a bit.In a way makes this more like Lucille The story of Negan, not just the story of Negan. Morgan said: “Hilary and I personally realized this when we contacted us, because we knew that the comic book Lucille was really downgraded to a hospital bed with maybe two or three scenes.” Really have to think about it. Because of COVID and our abilities, the author was able to expand this relationship a lot and changed the story in the way she survived the apocalypse. “
“So this is very different from comics. But one thing missing from the comic story is when you see Negan himself and try to help other people. He keeps encountering these people and tries to help them, and basically Finding that people are stupid, that’s why he became like the black people we know. Before he heard his own voice, people were dying. Therefore, he found a system that keeps people alive and becomes a savior. This is indeed The main difference.”
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