Negan is then seen hunting in the woods and cooking his meal over a fire when suddenly he hears something. A man comes out saying that he couldn't have eaten the meal by himself and he tells Negan that his name is Dwight and that it looked like he could use some company.
Negan asks Dwight if his weapon is a crossbow, and asks to hold it while they eat. Negan further asks about the crossbow's functionality, and the reusability of its bolts (which Negan incorrectly calls arrows). They leave, and Negan asks if Dwight is taking him to a trap, threatening to split his skull in half if he crosses him. Dwight assures him that there isn't a trap waiting, and that he's taking Negan to a camp where he'll be safer. Dwight attempts to introduce Negan to the camp's inhabitants, but Negan asks him not to bother, saying that if they last more than a few days he'll learn their names, and that there's no point in doing that otherwise. A woman sarcastically notices that Negan is "friendly", and advises Dwight to spend more time with strangers before taking them to camp. Dwight says that Negan seemed lonely, and that he felt sorry for him. Negan then apologizes, and shows his appreciation of the camp's inhabitants taking him in. The woman - stating her name to be Sherry - says that there's no problem since everyone saw people dying and that even she doesn't remember the names of a couple who travelled with her before and have since died. Time passes, winter arrives, and the camp finds a hotel, which as Negan remarks to Sherry, could help them get through the cold season. At a later time, the group is escaping a place full of walkers, with Negan leading them out. Negan then exclaims that they can survive if they all work together. "Nobody has to die today!", he says before commanding them to fight.
The group manages to escape the overrun hotel, but Negan is nowhere to be seen. He is shown struggling with a large number of walkers on his way out and barely escapes them. The group then opens fire on the dead. After they've gotten rid of the walkers, Tara asks Negan if they should clean the place out and stay, but Negan says that they'll find a better place, reassuring his leadership and asking the group to follow him. Dwight, however, looks concerned.
Scouting for a new place to settle, Negan wants to distance the group from the hotel they recently fled. Later, Dwight and Sherry have a discussion: Dwight feels his position as leader of the group has been usurped by Negan, but Sherry argues that no such thing as a leader exists, and that when a safe path is pointed out, they take it regardless of who suggests it. Time passes, and no safe place is found yet. As the weather gets colder, Negan tells the group to grab extra layers of clothing, without any complaints, prioritizing "warmth over style". "Unless you find something with both...", he says, as he eyes a leather jacket... Outside, Dwight asks Negan about what he used to do before the outbreak. Labeling himself as a "bad motherfucker", Negan goes on to explain his former career as gym teacher, and that the new group he found is growing on him, and he doesn't want to see any of them get killed. Just as Dwight asks if they should spend the night in the store, Negan greets a group of strangers, and joyfully invites them to come in, and says that there's plenty of supply for all of them. The leader of the strange group pulls his gun and points it at Negan. Negan says that they should talk, since they aren't dead, but the man asks how can they trust him. Negan's cheery persona quickly drops, and he states that his people have guns too, but they don't point it at living people. The man then states he likes Negan, and asks him where's he headed to. Later, Negan, now with a bigger group, wonders if they should return and clean the hotel or search for a new place. Negan then offers his jacket to a shivering woman, as the man from the other group offers him the woman, telling Negan to let him know if he "wants to try the merchandise", and that it's a whole new world where anything goes. Negan is visibly angered.
Negan asks the man what exactly did he mean by his last comment. When the man confirms his offer, Negan goes on to explain that he knows what it's like to have loved someone, and that people should love each other more now that they rely on each other. He says that if a person is willing to do "that" to a woman, they're closer to walkers than he'd like. He then finishes his lecture saying that whatever the men in the new group were doing stops or they part ways. The man does not take Negan's stance on rape lightly, and says he won't tell them what to do with their women, then pushes him in the barbed wire surrounding the camp. Negan manages to untangle himself from the barbed wire, grabs his bat, and strikes the man in the face with it. The shocked rest of the group watches the events unfolding. As Negan beats the man down, he warns other members of his group to stand back or they'll be next. The man's skull is heavily destroyed, with an eyeball popping out of its socket, and receives yet another strike from Negan's bat. Negan then tells the horrified group that what they witnessed may have been "startling" and that he may have gotten carried away, but it couldn't be helped. Negan asks if they are scared. If they are scared of him. If they are scared from dying. After taking back his coat, he reassures the group. They should be scared.
Negan says the group isn't processing the recent events when he stops himself for a minute. He goes to the barbed wire fencing, and takes some of the wire. Negan tells the group to stay still and orders Dwight to take care of them. Kneeling by the bonfire, Negan quietly starts doubting his actions but gets a hold of himself, while cleaning the baseball bat. He wraps the bat in the barbed wire he took. His work completed, Negan goes back to the group. Acknowledging the confusion and fear brought to the group by his actions, Negan introduces them to the newly created weapon of his that he now calls "Lucille".
Negan begins to explain how much his late wife Lucille meant to him and how unappreciative he was for having her. He says how after she had died at the start of the outbreak he was surrounded by the dead and survivors, who all eventually died due to being weak and scared. He says that he learned something after watching people die from being weak, scared and sad, while he felt nothing for them or himself. He says he didn't feel scared or sad but he did feel angry, furious at times, but for the most part he felt nothing. He then realized why: it was Lucille. He states that she "put him in a bubble where nothing got to him" and helped him survive. He then presents an idea, an alternative to watching the people of the group die. He'll let Lucille protect them as well, this time referring to the recently crafted barbed wire bat. He promises that if they stand with him, anyone who tries to get in the way will end up like the recently murdered leader from the new group. He says that the new group can fight back but they won't win. Negan proposes they consolidate supplies, protect each other and make it all work but makes it clear: they work for his group now. Negan proclaims his group are the newcomers' "saviors". One man steps up and asks if Negan's crazy to think they'll join him after he killed the leader of their group. Amidst a foul-mouthed threat, Negan states that he might not be accustomed to take orders from anyone but things are different now for one reason: "Here's Negan!".
- Dwight (Former Leader)
- A few unnamed people
This list shows the victims Dwight's group have killed:
- A few unnamed people
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|Michonne's Group • Tyreese's Group • Paul's Group • Dwight's Group • Survivor Group • The Saviors • Derick's Group • Boarding School Survivors • The Coalition|