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"Kid, what I took away from you and your mom, there's nothing I can say or do that's gonna make it better. And I know you wanna pull that trigger, and I don't blame you. The thing is, if you do, the bad people are gonna know where we're hiding. Maybe I deserve to die for what I did to your dad, to your family... but these people here, they don't."
—Negan to Hershel.[src]

Negan Smith (pronounced NEE-gan) is a main character and a former antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He was the former leader of the Saviors. He used his authority and resources to subjugate other communities tribute to the Saviors, in exchange for protection against walkers. After a war against the Militia of his formerly subjugated communities, he was defeated, which ended up with Daryl Dixon taking charge of the Saviors, now willing to cooperate with the communities before its disbanding. He was taken as a prisoner to the Alexandria Safe-Zone, receiving a life sentence.

Negan remained imprisoned in Alexandria for seven and a half years, until Gabriel Stokes failed to properly close his cell door, allowing him to escape. After seeing how the world had changed, Negan chose to return to Alexandria and his cell rather than be alone. He has also developed a close bond with Judith Grimes. After saving Judith during a massive blizzard, Negan was allowed to take on a role in the community under supervision.

During the Whisperer War, Negan is freed from his cell by Carol Peletier and sent to infiltrate the Whisperers in order to kill their leader, Alpha. After helping the Coalition to achieve the victory in the war, Negan came to terms with his past and chose to stay in Alexandria despite the danger of Maggie Rhee seeking revenge upon him for his earlier actions. In a search for supplies for the communities, he is forced to confront with Maggie as they work closely together throughout the ordeal. Knowing his fate is inevitable when the conflict against the Reapers concludes, Negan decided to leave Alexandria to find another shelter to inhabit. He served as the primary antagonist for the second half of Season 6, and for all of Season 7 and Season 8, but has also been present as a recurring antagonist, bordering on anti-hero, since Season 9.


Negan is shown to be a charismatic, cocky, manipulative, brutal, and ferocious man with a sarcastic, inappropriate sense of humor. Negan is a brilliant strategist and a strong, effective leader, having kept hundreds of people alive and is worshipped by many and feared by others. When he was leader of the Saviors, he was shown to have had complete control over his vast group and was questioned by no one, acting as a complete dictator. Negan also acted like a cult leader, as the Saviors all knelt in his presence and when asked who they are, they all responded in unison "Negan". Negan appeared to care about the well-being of his group as shown when he personally killed Abraham as punishment for the slaughter of many of his soldiers at the hands of Rick and his group. Negan believes that he alone can save the people around him and was willing to do whatever it takes to ensure their survival.

Negan was also an extremely ruthless leader, willing to do whatever it took to obtain resources and supplies for his group by extorting from multiple communities, threatening them with death if they did not obey his demands or did not gather the necessary amount of supplies. Negan is shown to be a cold-blooded killer who kills not just for survival, but to send a message and as punishment for disobedience as seen when he brutally murdered Glenn after Daryl attacked him even after he made it very clear he would punish anyone who provoked him. He also has no respect to those he views as being weak as he brutally slaughtered Spencer after the latter attempted to convince him to kill Rick, claiming he had no guts to do it himself. He explained to Father Gabriel that he wants to help people through their weaknesses and by being strong he makes the world strong. This may explain why he uses fear as an instrument to keep people in line. By being hard on people he makes them stronger and more inclined to survive.

On the other hand, Negan has great respect for those he views as strong, both physically and emotionally, and those who show bravery and defiance against him. This is shown when he immediately took a liking towards Daryl for standing up to him and punching him in the face, even though Negan punished Daryl by killing his friend Glenn. Negan did the same thing with Rosita in "Hearts Still Beating", when she tried to shoot him but shot Lucille instead, and although he admired her bravery, he angrily punished her by killing her comrade Olivia. Moreover, despite his very harsh treatment towards Rick and doing everything he can to insult and intimidate Rick, Negan shows great respect for Rick and his leadership skills. He even explains to Spencer that although Rick hates his guts and wants him dead, Rick is swallowing his hate and gathering stuff for Negan so that he does not harm anyone else in Alexandria, and admires and respects that. After Carl tricks Negan so the people of Alexandria can escape, Negan openly admits respect and admiration for Carl's actions despite the fact that it caused Negan to lose the confrontation. When Brandon tells Negan he heard that Negan was the one who killed Carl, Negan becomes visibly emotional and states that he never harmed Carl and never would've.

He is also shown to be capable of severe torture and will mutilate whoever does not follow his rules, such as Dwight and Mark whose faces he burned with a hot clothing iron. Negan has however stated that he hates performing this form of punishment, but also sees it as necessary as his rules matter. Negan will also employ psychological forms of torture as seen when he nearly made Rick chop his own son's arm off to break him completely, being the only antagonist to do so. Negan is also highly prone to psychological warfare and is extremely good at manipulating and breaking most people into submitting to him. Furthermore, Negan has openly admitted that he enjoys killing people, especially men, while he does not enjoy killing women, but he will kill a woman if he feels that he has to. Negan doesn't kill unless he feels that it's necessary. He stated to Gregory that he likes killing people, but under the right circumstances. He was enraged by Simon's suggestion that they kill all of the Hilltop residents, because to him people are a resource.

Despite his brutal nature, Negan is not completely heartless, as seen when he spared Carl, even after he killed two of Negan's men in an attempt to assassinate him, and appeared to feel remorse for taunting him over his eye injury. He has also demonstrated care and love of babies as shown by his reaction to meeting Judith and cradling her kindly, though these kind moments are few and far between. Also, he is seemingly against killing children under 10. He also has a genuine disgust towards sexual violence and has made a strict "no rape" policy within his group, and will have anyone caught breaking this rule killed on the spot, as seen when he killed David, one of his men, for attempting to rape Sasha. He is also generous when it comes to second chances and can be very lenient, such as giving Rosita a chance to tell him who made the bullet, and his treatment of Carl, despite the fact that Carl killed two Saviors. He even allowed Simon a chance to lead the Saviors by engaging into a fight to the death, despite Simon's treacherous behavior. He also shows Eugene kindness by gently telling him that there is no need to be scared anymore. Negan is also, like Rick, a man of his word and does not lie or breaks a promise, and he is always open and true to who he is and never tries to hide it. This stands in complete contrast with other antagonists in the past, such as Shane Walsh, The Governor and Gareth, who used a combination of lies, manipulation and superficial charm in an attempt to hide their true inner nature.

Despite his jolly, childlike behavior, Negan is highly intelligent and is incredibly good at reading people and exploiting their weaknesses as seen when he almost immediately knew that Carl was Rick's son and that Rosita had been in a relationship with Abraham. He was also able to deduce that Alpha was looking for her daughter Lydia, and used this to lure her into a trap.

Negan lives by a moral code that forbids the killing of innocent people especially children. He shows reluctance to kill Carl, even when Carl has killed Saviors. Negan tells Brandon in "What It Always Is" that he has never killed a child and never will. Negan was shown to bond with young Milo, mentoring the boy and planning to take Milo and his mother Amelia to Hilltop for their own safety, though he asked Milo not to tell anyone that it was Negan who did it. When Brandon murdered Milo, Negan flew into a rage and killed the young man for what he did. When Daryl tells Negan that a bunch of children almost died at Hilltop because of him, Negan is visibly upset to hear it. Negan later tells Daryl that one of the things that pushed him over the edge to kill Alpha was that she was targeting innocent people and children. Negan outright states to Daryl his belief that you never harm a child no matter what. There is however contradiction to Negan's claim of not harming children as in the past he was going to kill Carl as a last attempt to break Rick into submission. This contradiction can me seen as a change from what Negan was willing to do before as to opposed to now.

Negan loved his wife Lucille dearly, despite treating her badly he claims that she got him through life. After her death he named his primary weapon "Lucille", a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. The bat is a symbolic reminder of Lucille, which helps him cope during the apocalypse. Negan refers to the bat as her as if she is a person and asking it to give him strength. He was incensed when Lucille is shot, losing his usually calm and flamboyant behavior. Negan also shows panic and gets greatly upset if anyone dares damage Lucille. Negan enjoys using Lucille to kill his victims, often using her excessively to install revulsion and terror into others. Negan explained that the bat is the last thing he has left of his wife.

Negan may not have started out with the intention to become who he did when he became the leader of the Saviors. When Carl tried to negotiate with Negan and asked if he wanted to be who he is now, Negan noticeably pauses as if Carl's words struck a nerve or reminded him of who he once intended to be. This, along with Negan's job as high school gym teacher indicates that Negan's time as leader of the Saviors has corrupted his original intentions and turned him into the man he currently is. In "Here's Negan", it is also shown how Negan can be much less ruthless in the early days of the apocalypse. He was kinder and less willing to resort to extreme methods unless pushed, and even then it took losing his wife to bring out the more ruthless side of him.

During most of his interactions with Carl Grimes, Negan shows kindness and respect towards the boy, only taking on a threatening tone when he uses Carl against Rick. In "Sing Me a Song", Negan taunts Carl about his missing eye, but sincerely apologizes after realizing that he has gone too far. Following Carl tricking him to save the residents of Alexandria, Negan openly admits respect and admiration for Carl, feeling that Carl is the future. After learning that Carl is dead, Negan is obviously grief-stricken by the news and along with his sincere remorse for Carl's loss, tells Rick that he will carry the loss of Carl too for awhile like everyone else who loved the boy. Negan is further horrified by the idea that he and the Saviors could have caused Carl's death and pushes Rick to find out that he wasn't guilty in Carl's death. Negan's fondness for Carl is clearly displayed in "Wrath" in which he becomes momentarily distracted by Rick telling him what Carl had hoped the two of them could have eventually achieved, which was peace. However he is seriously injured by Rick as a result and is taken as a prisoner to Alexandria in order to spend the rest of his days as a prisoner as punishment for the atrocities he has committed and to serve as a reminder that people are capable of change.

By the start of Season 9, Negan is now completely powerless and trapped in a degraded form of existence as a prisoner in Alexandria. Despite this however, he is still shown to be strong and has maintained his sanity despite his captivity as well as his menacing attitude. He is even shown to be brave enough to still taunt his jailer, Rick, about his late son Carl even though he is completely at Rick's mercy and can potentially be killed in an instant and appears to have hopes for freedom as he tells Rick that he is not saving the world in the least, but that he is simply getting it ready for him.

Despite this, Negan confides in Michonne that he greatly misses his wife, appreciating the fact that she is not alive to see him in such a state, and admits to her that, since losing the war, he has lost everything. When Negan desperately asks Michonne to see Lucille, he is horrified and broken when she gleefully tells him that his bat is still where he was defeated, causing him to bash his head repeatedly into one of the cell's walls. This illustrates that, while Negan continues to put on a fierce exterior when conversing with Rick, being locked up for nearly two years without an audience, power, and especially Lucille has begun to eat away at him.

This finally culminates in a complete breakdown during a confrontation with Maggie, who came to his cell to finally kill him, purposely trying to goad her into killing him before begging her to do so. Pulling Negan from his cell, Maggie demanded to know why he wants her to kill him. Sobbing, Negan finally admits he wants to be with his wife and can no longer live his life as a prisoner with nothing but his own thoughts to keep him company. Realizing how broken Negan is, Maggie lets him live and demands that he get back in his cell, telling him that imprisonment is the worst fate for someone like him. Walking back into his cell, Negan continues to cry, muttering that his life wasn't meant to turn out like this, showing just how broken he has become over the last year and a half.

Six years after Rick's apparent death, Negan appears to have adopted a friendlier personality, helping Judith with math problems and offering her advice on Magna's group. While interacting with the young girl, Negan's advice appears to be completely genuine and not manipulative and he even gives a fond smile at Judith's take on the situation. He has retained his sense of humor and some of his manipulative personality, which he uses to tease Gabriel. When he sees Gabriel is upset about Rosita, he seems to genuinely sympathize with him, though Gabriel doesn't believe him.

Negan's change of heart and attitude was further proven during a blizzard, when Negan willingly abandoned his group of survivors and risked his own life to chase after Judith, who herself began chasing Daryl's dog after it ran off, desperately calling out to her, and used his own winter clothes to keep Judith warm. Nonetheless, Negan still retained his rather crude and straight-forward sense of humor, joking about the "love triangle" between Gabriel, Rosita and Siddiq, and poking fun at Gabriel not being the father of Rosita's child, sarcastically referring to him as "Father, not the father". Instead of rising to the bait however, the Alexandrians tell Negan they know his mannerisms all too well and as a result, no longer fall for such things from him. As a result of his crude humor however, only moments later they mistake Negan sensing a genuine danger as yet another attempt at antagonism before they realize he's not kidding for once. Regardless, Negan seems to have completely changed his ways, showing genuine concern about the well-being of The Kingdom's residents after the storm, asking Michonne about their status. Negan openly admits sympathy for their situation as well, stating that while he doesn't know the people, he knows what they're going through having lost a kingdom.

After killing Alpha, Negan admits to Daryl that he did enjoy working with the Whisperers because it allowed him to do something that mattered again and be needed. After spending seven years behind bars, Negan claims that even his memories have prison bars in them now. However, what pushed Negan over the edge to fulfil his deal with Carol and kill Alpha was when Alpha started killing innocent people and wanted to kill her own daughter Lydia. Negan states that Alpha went too far for him as you never kill someone who doesn't deserve it and you never harm a child. He also tells Carol while making a deal with her that he wishes no harm upon Alexandria and her residents and in fact expressed concern at the idea that his involvement in the plan could put them in danger which Negan genuinely didn't want. Though Negan had the chance to become the new Alpha of the Whisperers and kill Daryl, displaying much of his old personality and clearly enjoying the moment, Negan chose to save Daryl and return to Alexandria despite knowing that he might never be accepted, showing how far he had come from his time as the ruthless leader of the Saviors.

In "Here's Negan", it is shown that before the apocalypse, and during the early months of the apocalypse, Negan was a much less brutal and much more reserved individual. At first, he refused to even kill a walker, concerned that he would come to enjoy it. This shows that Negan was a much less ruthless individual to begin with, one who hadn't killed anyone living. Though he was less ruthless, he was shown to have the same temper that he would show in the apocalypse, having been put on probation for assaulting a man who insulted his wife. The friendlier personality Negan has taken on after his years of imprisonment is closer to the man he was during the time with Lucille during the early months of the apocalypse.



Negan Smith grew up in Virginia. As a child, he brought stray dogs into their house which his mother disapproved of. One day he brought home a vicious dog that killed all the others he adopted and bit off half of his mother's ear when she intervened.[1] In high school, Negan grew into a bully who enjoyed humiliating others, upon where he gained a strong penchant for profanity and enjoyment for power games.[2] As an adult, Negan worked as a high school gym teacher, helping his students improve upon their weaknesses and molding them into stronger individuals. He later met a woman named Lucille whom he described as an 'angel', where the pair fell in love and married. Among their similar interests were being fans of the country musician Half Moon, heavy metal band Iron Maiden, and their favorite song was Joe Cocker's You Are So Beautiful. Although they desired to have a child together they never managed to start a family.[3]

Negan and Lucille frequented at a local bar, which contained a jukebox of their song, "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker. While playing one night, a drunken patron became loud and distracting, ruining their song. Lucille asked the man to keep it down and asked for fifty cents to play it again. The man was rude to Lucille, causing Negan to go berserk and beat him nearly to death. He then took $1 from the man's wallet and played their song twice until the police arrested him. The man, however, was a parent to a couple of teenagers attending Negan's high school - and was thus fired from his position. Negan was charged with misdemeanor assault and sentenced to probation and was sued by the man. Lucille had to pay for the man's medical bills. Despite this ordeal, Lucille defended Negan's actions.

Over time however, Negan gradually became depressed with losing his job he loved. He then began an affair with Lucille's best friend, Janine. Refusing to go back to college and find another career, Negan went spree spending on video games and other luxuries they couldn't afford. Often times, he would play Gears of War 2 in his basement with young kids online while being verbally obscene. His later expense was a $600 leather jacket, causing a fight between him and Lucille. Unable to return it because Negan threw the receipt away, Lucille hid it in the crawl space. At dinner, Lucille asked Negan to take her to the doctor for an MRI tomorrow, but lied and said he was meeting with the probation officer, when in reality he was meeting with Janine. That night, he came home to Lucille who revealed she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unknown to him, she was also aware of the affair with Janine. Negan immediately broke it off with Janine and devoted his time to Lucille. The doctors revealed a chemotherapy treatment for Lucille that would hopefully clear her through the cancer. At the time of Lucille's diagnosis, the outbreak was just beginning.



In the fall of 2010, the Wildfire Outbreak went global. Negan and Lucille took shelter in their basement with an external generator. Using the calendar the doctor gave them, Negan began to scavenge for chemo and taught himself how to administer it in Lucille. A caravan of marauding doctors occasionally came through to supply Negan with the chemo. Seven months into the outbreak, the generator attracted a Walker. He turned the generator off in order to make the Walker lose interest, forgoing him and Lucille watching a James Bond movie while she received her chemo. Negan attempted to read Pride and Prejudice to Lucille instead, but disliked the book - prompting Negan to deal with the Walker. With Negan unable to kill it, Lucille shot it with their lost bullet. With only a few chemo treatments left, Negan went scavenging to complete her treatment. He found a stash of marijuana to help with her nausea. Lucille feared that living in isolation was too dangerous and that they needed to move and find people. Negan argued that the outside was too dangerous for them to travel in her condition, and that when her treatment was over they could go out. With the generator off, Negan cuddled Lucille at night to keep her warm while singing their song, "You Are So Beautiful."

The next day, they tried on Lucille's wigs and played darts while she received her chemo. That night, the generator attracted another Walker. Lucille, preparing dinner, assured Negan that it's okay to kill them, but Negan feared that he would get used to it and instead turned off the generator. After eating cooked dog food for dinner, Lucille surprised Negan with the leather jacket they fought about before the apocalypse as an impromptu anniversary gift and apologized for fighting about it. Negan insisted that he was a bad husband, but Lucille assured him that she always saw the best of him and stuck around for that reason. They then smoked the pot and had sex that night. However, Negan forgot to turn the generator back on before falling asleep, causing the chemo to get ruined. While trying to figure out where to find more chemo, Lucille revealed to him that she knew about the affair with Janine, and that she forgives him because he made up for it in the past seven months. With Lucille accepting of her death, she asked Negan to just stay home with her in her last months. Negan refused and set out to find more supplies.

For six weeks, Negan searched for marauding doctors for supplies. During this time, he broke his hammer using it against a Walker. He then used his empty gun for show. Low on energy, he finally found the marauding doctors, Franklin and his daughter, Laura and attempted to rob them. Laura, however, knocked him out with a wooden baseball bat. Franklin handcuffed him in the medical trailer and treated his fatigue, while Laura went to their warehouse to find the supplies on Negan's list. Franklin and Laura then supplied Negan with the chemo and sent him on his way, with Laura giving him her wooden baseball bat. Three days later, however, on his way back, he was captured by a gang calling themselves Valak's Vipers and taken to a roadhouse. Their leader, Craven, then tortured Negan looking for information on the source of the chemo. He tried to distract Craven with his life story while he unscrewed the screw on the chair he was tied to. Craven, however, got impatient and threatened to kill him, and by extension Lucille. Negan begrudgingly revealed the doctors' location. After acquiring Franklin, Laura, and their medical trailer - Negan was released with his chemo.

Negan returned home, but discovered that Lucille had killed herself by overdosing on pills and putting a plastic bag over her head in order to set Negan free from his responsibilities. Grief-stricken, Negan was unable to put her down. Negan went outside and took the barbed-wire from his fence and wrapped it around the wooden baseball bat Laura gave him. He then doused Lucille and the house in gasoline and set the place on fire. Negan then returned to the roadhouse where the Vipers were and killed them all. Franklin was able to escape using the screw Negan loosened from the chair earlier and subdued Craven. Negan then told Craven about how his temper and violence caused him trouble before the world ended, but was now the only reason why he was alive - and proceeded to kill Craven with the baseball bat. He then rescued Franklin and Laura and named his baseball bat "Lucille" in honor of his late wife. At some point later, Negan formed a group of survivors he named "the Saviors". The central headquarters for the group became a factory called the Sanctuary, after Negan took the place from its apparently incapable leader.

After Negan took charge over the factory, some survivors who lived in the factory long before him, they revealed to him that one notable resident of the factory, Simon, who helped Negan take the Sanctuary, encountered and subjugated another large group, under an extortion racket that was similarly later imposed on the Hilltop and Kingdom. However, the Oceanside group rebelled against him but lost the subsequent skirmish. Under Simon's orders, he along with other survivors of his group lined up and killed every surviving male over 10 years old (something that Negan did not approve of at all), then ordered the group to continue their service. Ultimately, the group, now consisting entirely of women and children, ended their deal with him by one night leaving their original settlement on foot. After Negan heard about Simon's role on that event, he with extreme cautions kept an eye on Simon since then due to his brutal nature, disobedience of certain orders and possibility of being a threat in the future because of what he is capable of. Despite Negan knew about Simon's bloodthirsty nature and being a possible threat for him, he still later appointed him as his right-hand man.

Over time, however, Negan gradually descended into a vicious, totalitarian leader who asserted his position of authority through forceful dominance and intimidation with which he fiercely ruled over his community which mainly consisted of thugs and bandits who operated under his command.[4] Throughout the following months, Negan and his group grew in size (consisting of well over 600 survivors), and he appointed several lieutenants, including Wade, Paula, Jiro, Gavin, Arat, Regina and eventually Dwight. He also established several outposts located throughout the Washington, D.C. area. These outposts operated semi-autonomously, lead by a lieutenant, and manned by a sizable number of Saviors. They were responsible for finding and terrorizing other survivors and communities, subjugating them to Negan's will. Typically, one outpost was assigned to at least one community under Savior rule.

At some point, Negan and his group discovered a community known as the Hilltop Colony. Upon meeting the community leader, Gregory, Negan dispatched a group of Saviors to demand half of the community's resources on a weekly basis. In exchange, they promised not to destroy the community and offered to clear the local area of the undead. Though the Hilltop was reluctant to comply, the Saviors showed their true motives by demonstrating their power, killing Rory, a 16-year-old boy, as a display of superiority.[5] Negan later became aware of the existence of another community named 'The Kingdom'. A group of Saviors met with the community leader Ezekiel and demanded a portion of supplies in exchange for leaving the community unscathed. The Kingdom complied, and the Saviors recognized Ezekiel's capabilities. A truce was quickly settled between the two groups and thus they conducted weekly trades that were kept hidden from the wider community's knowledge.[6] Despite his harsh and sometimes violent methods, Negan was incredibly successful at keeping his group safe and kept more than six-hundred people alive.

Season 6

Approximately 20 months into the apocalypse, a supply exchange was conducted between the Hilltop and the Saviors. When a group consisting of Ethan, Andy, Crystal, Craig, Tim, and Marsha were sent to deliver their share of supplies, Negan personally felt unsatisfied with the amount he received, and thus had both Tim and Marsha executed and Craig imprisoned in one of the Saviors' outposts. Negan then ordered the remaining survivors to return to the Hilltop, and in exchange for Craig's release, kill Gregory and bring his head back as evidence of his death. This however never occurred and soon after, Negan's group came under attack by Rick Grimes and his people in order to end the subjugation of the Hilltop Colony. Rick and his group succeeded in killing a great number of Negan's men and a few of his lieutenants and even wiped out one of his outposts. Negan chose to send Dwight (who accidentally killed Denise in the process) to subjugate Rick and his people to his rule, and later Jiro, another one of his lieutenants, but both failed in doing so. Angered at the slaughter of many of his people, Negan chose to take matters into his own hands.

"Last Day on Earth"

After some of Rick Grimes' group from the Alexandria Safe-Zone are captured by the Saviors following several roadblocks and a failed diversion on the way to the Hilltop Colony, Negan steps out of their RV and confronts them, introducing himself as the Saviors' true leader. Pacing back and forth before the group, he lectures them on their actions against his group and the "new world order", explaining that Rick's people owe Negan's men their supplies and that he will personally deal with them if they refuse.

He goes on to inform Rick that he is keeping his group alive as he intends to make them work for him - however, in retribution for Rick and his people killing many Saviors, Negan warns that he will have to "beat the holy hell" out of one member of the group. He begins pacing up and down the line-up while considering his choice, and introduces Lucille, a wooden baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, as his weapon of choice. He threatens to put a visibly wrecked Maggie Greene out of her misery, but her husband Glenn Rhee lunges forward, only to be dragged back in line by Dwight. Negan then commands them not to attempt that again, or else he will "shut that shit down, no exceptions".

Unable to decide who to kill, Negan ultimately comes up with an idea and begins pointing at each survivor with Lucille, chanting "eeny, meeny, miny, moe". Going up and down the line-up, he eventually stops on one survivor at random - as this is seen from the victim's perspective, the identity of the survivor is left anonymous. As the rest of the group begins to yell in protest, Negan warns the group not to interfere, or he will cut Rick's son's other eye out, and feed it to Rick. He then brings the bat down hard onto the head of Abraham Ford (whose fate here is not revealed until the following episode), causing him to bleed heavily. Negan is seen standing over him as they recover from the first blow, remarking, "Look at that! Taking it like a champ!" before bringing the bat down again. As Abraham's sight goes to black, Negan is then heard mercilessly beating him repeatedly, with muffled screams and protests audible from the other members of Alexandria as the episode ends.

Season 7

"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"

After seeing Negan kill two members of his own party, Rick promises the Saviors' leader that he will kill him someday. Amused, Negan acts surprised by this declaration before inquiring Simon, his right-hand, about the weapons found on Rick's being, being informed that they had found a hatchet. Negan stresses to Rick the importance of having a right-hand man in his group, asking if he has/had one of his own. He then tells Simon to give him Rick's hatchet. Standing up, Negan grabs Rick by the collar and drags him to the RV, viciously announcing that he will be back and if Rick isn't with him, his men will have permission to kill the rest of the Survivors.

He drives Rick's axe into the table before taunting Rick over the fact that he vowed to kill him. Negan takes note of the time of day, noticing that the sun is rising, before heading to the front of the vehicle. While having his back turned, Negan challenges Rick to grab the axe and drive it into the back of his head; Rick grabs the axe and lunges at Negan, who brandishes his assault rifle and knocks Rick to the floor. Driving the axe back onto the table, Negan warns Rick not to make him get up again.

Negan then drives the RV back to the roadblocks with the burning logs, parking under the overpass next to the hanging survivor, who has since turned. He then takes Rick's axe, assuming ownership of it, before throwing it on the roof of the RV, asking Rick to retrieve it. As Rick reluctantly obeys, Negan shoves him out of the vehicle into the herd of walkers that had accumulated in response to the flames. Rick makes it to the roof with difficulty, before becoming immobilized due to his memories of the events that occurred the previous night.

Flashing back to the line-up, Rick witnesses Negan make his selection, once again playing back his "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" chant. After a long pause, Negan then closes in, selecting Abraham as his victim. After threatening the rest of the group should they try to interfere, he brings Lucille crashing down on Abraham's head, drawing blood. Abraham re assumes his defiant posture, muttering "Suck my nuts" before Negan brings the bat down a second time, cracking his skull. Negan then proceeds to continuously beat his head to a bloody pulp, much to everyone's horror.

Once he has finished Abraham off, he gleefully swings a bloody Lucille around, spattering some blood on Rick's face. After gloating to the group, he then strides over to Rosita Espinosa, having observed her particular reaction and taunting her with Abraham's remains, before he receives a right hook from Daryl Dixon, who has had enough of his insensitivity. As he reels from the hit, Daryl is subdued by several of Negan's men, including Dwight. He quickly recovers and stops his men from bringing any harm to Daryl, deciding to let him live to see the consequences of his actions.

Negan reminds the survivors of his earlier warning that he would "shut down" any kind of insubordination without exception, and that he wants the group to know exactly who he is: a man of his word. He then suddenly turns, bringing Lucille down powerfully on Glenn Rhee twice, splitting his head and causing him to bleed heavily and nearly lose an eye. Negan bends over to observe Glenn's state, taunting his feeble attempts to speak and pointing out the grievous damage to his head. After hearing him utter his final words to Maggie, Negan then shows a hint of remorse, apologizing to the rest of the distraught group for the effect that Glenn's impending demise is having on them. However, after reminding them that he had said there would be no exceptions to his punishment, Negan swings Lucille into the side of Glenn's head, knocking him to the ground, before repeatedly beating his corpse until his head is nothing but flesh, bone, brains and blood, all the while taunting the remaining survivors. After finishing Glenn, he exclaims that "Lucille is a vampire bat" and strolls over to the other survivors, asking if his "joke" was bad.

In the present, Negan informs Rick that while people die every day, his people do not have to if he would only conform to Negan's rule. Growing impatient with Rick's immobility, Negan gives him one last chance to retrieve his axe before firing several warning shots through the roof of the RV, causing Rick to spring to action and grab hold of the hanging survivor, losing the axe in the process. Just when hope seems lost for Rick, who is almost completely lowered into the hungry herd, Negan shoots down all of the walkers in Rick's area, saving him, before leading him back to the RV. He continues to taunt Rick, declaring that more of his people will die if he continues to act defiant. Rick retrieves the axe and makes it through the dense smoke to the RV, but finds it locked, Negan having locked him outside to further test and torture him. At the last moment, Negan puts down the incoming walkers and allows Rick entry. Rick begrudgingly hands the axe over to Negan, who commends him on his efforts.

Driving back to the clearing, Negan once again gleefully mocks Rick and the deaths of his group members. After cleaning the axe with a blanket and Rick's jacket, Negan hands him the axe, excitedly telling him that he has a good feeling that Rick will need it. Rick reluctantly takes the weapon, before he is forcefully dragged out of the RV and back to the group. Negan then questions Rick on whether or not he knew the purpose of the trip they had taken. He explains that he was attempting to break Rick into complying with Negan's way of living, as he saw defiance in his eyes, and defiance would only result in more conflict. He declares that Rick has failed the test and asks if he should give him another chance, to which Rick says yes. Negan then commences a final test of compliance, asking for guns to be drawn to the back of each survivor's head, specifically aimed in a way that the bullet would exit through their noses, creating a "real mess".

Negan then orders an angered Carl to walk forward. He then ties his belt around Carl's left arm as a tourniquet, asking Carl if he is left-handed (using the boxing term "south paw"), to which he replies that he isn't. Once he has tied the tourniquet around his arm, Negan asks Carl to lay next to Rick, ordering him to "spread them wings". After acquiring a pen from Simon, he then marks a black line across Carl's forearm. Noticing Rick's pleas to not go through with what he believes he is planning to do, Negan turns to him before confirming that he "ain't doing shit".

Standing up, Negan orders Rick to pick up the hatchet and chop Carl's arm off at the marked line, giving specific directions on how to make the cut to ensure that the Saviors' doctor can properly seal the wound later. Negan threatens to kill the group, Carl, all of the Alexandrian citizens and, eventually, Rick if he does not comply. Michonne attempts to come to Carl's defense, saying that the group is subjugated; Negan brushes this claim off, saying that while the group may understand how the world now works, Rick does not. Noticing that Rick is indecisive, Negan then threatens to beat Carl the same way he did Glenn and Abraham if he does not make a decision. Rick attempts to do everything in his power to avoid mutilating his son, even going so far as to offer himself up to Negan in Carl's place, but he is rejected. Seeing that Rick is showing extreme hesitance, Negan grows impatient and begins to count down from 3, causing Rick to panic and wail. As Negan reaches 1, Rick, screaming in anguish, picks up and raises the axe above his head, ready to bring it down on Carl's arm, before he is stopped at the last second.

Negan declares to Rick that he answers to, provides for and belongs to him. When he sees that Rick is compliant but silent, Negan angrily grapples him, yelling that he should speak when spoken to, before repeating his commands for Rick to properly acknowledge. Seeing that he has finally broken Rick and that he is now submissive to his rule, Negan cheerfully declares this to be a productive day, thanking the rest of the group, including the now-deceased, for their participation. Negan then orders for Daryl to be taken back with them as a prisoner because he likes Daryl's bravery and wants him to become a member of the Saviors. Negan also informs Rick that any further insubordination will result in the mutilation of Daryl, either by his or Rick's hand. Before leaving, Negan leaves a truck with the survivors for them to cart the supplies they owe the Saviors in the following week. He welcomes the group into his new order, warning them to never try to betray him, before leaving them in shambles, giving them a final "ta-ta" before returning with his men to their base.

"The Cell"

Negan first appears wandering around the Sanctuary's garden area. Dwight, among other Saviors in the area, kneel before Negan as he passes.

Negan later approaches Dwight, who has Daryl in custody, and encourages him to be pulled aside for a talk. Once Daryl is secured back in his cell, Negan discusses their efforts in trying to break him with Dwight. As a reward, Negan offers Dwight to sleep with one of his wives with Sherry being the first option. However, Dwight declines. Negan is slightly angered by Dwight's refusal but allows him to follow through on his choice. Arat radios Dwight to inform him that Gordon had fled the Sanctuary. Negan answers Arat and lets her know that Dwight will meet her at the gate. Negan tells Dwight to send someone else to take care of the grunt work, but he assures Negan he enjoys doing it. After a while Negan laughs and sends Dwight to find the runaway.

Negan and some of his men later corner Daryl who was attempting to escape from the Sanctuary and they anticipated his escape. Negan asks the Saviors surrounding Daryl "Who are you?" They all respond, "Negan." Negan reprimands Daryl's attempt at escaping a failure and presents him with three options: Daryl either becomes a walker for the Sanctuary's fence line, earn points or work alongside Negan with beneficial privileges. Daryl doesn’t reply. Negan is annoyed and swings Lucille at Daryl, stopping just short of hitting him, but Daryl doesn't flinch. Negan notes and is intrigued by Daryl's resolve in that he cannot be "scared easy" despite his dire circumstances. Negan leaves while his men restrain Daryl and return him to his cell.

Dwight having returned from his mission, wakes Daryl and leads him to an efficiency apartment where Negan awaits. Negan explains to Daryl how Dwight became one of his top men. Dwight, Sherry, and her sister (Tina) used to work for points. When Tina fell behind on points, on account of her costly medication, he asked her to marry him. Dwight, Sherry, and Tina stole the medicine and ran away.

They returned after Tina's death. Dwight asked for forgiveness and begged Negan not to kill Sherry. Sherry offered to marry Negan if he spared Dwight's life. He agreed — after burning Dwight's face with an iron. Dwight has been on board ever since.

Negan tells Daryl he can be one of his top men and he can live in this apartment. "All you’ve got to do, is answer one, simple question: "Who are you?" Negan asks Daryl. "Who are you?" he asks again. After a long silence, Daryl responds with his own name. Negan simply orders Dwight to return Daryl to his cell.


Negan arrives at the Alexandria Safe-Zone with a large group of Saviors – and Daryl – and demands to be let in. He is disappointed when Spencer questions who he is, having made such a 'strong first impression'. Rick meets Negan at the gate and notes that he came earlier than planned. Negan strides into Alexandria and thrusts Lucille into Rick's hands, saying, "Hold this."

Negan forbids Rick or any of the Alexandrians from speaking to Daryl or they will face consequences. Rick tells Negan that they already set aside half of their supplies, but Negan says he'll be the one to decide which supplies to take.

As the Saviors haul furniture and mattresses out of residents' homes, Negan inquires about Maggie's whereabouts. Father Gabriel Stokes appears suddenly and asks if Negan wants to pay his respects. "She didn't make it?" Negan asks. Rick says nothing but shakes his head hesitantly. Gabriel leads Negan to the graveyard where Glenn, Abraham, and supposedly Maggie are buried. Negan rues Maggie's death, telling a seething Rick he'd planned on asking her to join him as his wife at his compound. Rick quietly seethes with anger and tightens his grip on Lucille, but swiftly relaxes. Moments later, they hear a gunshot.

In the infirmary, Carl holds David at gunpoint. He orders David to return some of the medicine he took. Negan jokes about Carl's fearlessness, and Carl finally lowers his gun after Negan threatens to harm more people. As a precaution, Negan declares that he’s confiscating all the guns in Alexandria.

Negan tells Rick he'll leave their food untouched to ensure that they remain strong enough to collect for him. Negan commands Rick to thank him, but Rick refuses. Negan says that Rick is the one who forced his hand and that is why he should thank him. Negan asks if anyone keeps guns outside of the armory. Rick assures him that all guns are kept in storage.

Arat informs Negan that two guns are missing from the armory. A disappointed Negan threatens to kill Olivia if Rick doesn't find the missing guns.

Later, Rick brings the missing guns to Negan. He gathers his group at the gate and the Saviors prepare to leave. When Rick sees Michonne lurking in a dilapidated house nearby, Rick asks Negan if he can give him "a second." Negan refuses, and Rick rephrases and says, "Please, can you just give me a second?". Negan does permits Rick to speak with her. He brings back her rifle and gives it to Negan, before asking if Daryl can stay since they've followed the rules and gave Negan half of their supplies. Negan asks Daryl if he wants to stay. Daryl remains obediently silent.

Negan refuses to leave Alexandria until Rick thanks him. "Thank you," Rick concedes. A walker approaches and Negan turns to kill it. Negan retrieves Lucille from Rick. "In case you haven't caught on, I just slid my dick down your throat and you thanked me for it.", he says to Rick. He and the Saviors leave with half of the Alexandrian’s belongings and Daryl in tow.

"Sing Me a Song"

Negan appears after Carl calls him out, having killed one of the Saviors named George. He taunts Carl, who shoots another Savior and is tackled by Dwight. Negan tells Dwight to back off and offers to show Carl around the compound.

From a catwalk, Negan addresses the crowd kneeling on the factory floor. He announces that the Saviors secured a big load of goods and everyone will get fresh vegetables at dinner, regardless of how many points they have. Everyone cheers. He whispers to Carl, "You see that? Respect."

Negan takes Carl to a nicely appointed room and introduces him to his "harem." Negan pulls Sherry aside; she reluctantly concedes that Mark, a Savior, shirked his work duties to be with Amber, one of Negan's wives. Sherry asks Negan to go easy on Amber. He admonishes Amber for cheating on him; she tears up and assures Negan that she loves him. Negan boasts to Sherry that he went easy on her, and then kisses her.

Negan takes Carl to his apartment; he orders Carl to sit across from him and remove his hat and eye bandage. Carl is reluctant but Negan reminds him that he killed two of his men and must repay him. When Carl removes the bandage, "That is disgusting," Negan says and gleefully mocks Carl's scarred eye socket. Humiliated, Carl starts crying. Negan, in a rare act, apologizes for hurting his feelings, and tells him that he forgot he was a kid.

Fat Joey stops by Negan's apartment to give him Lucille, which Negan left by the cargo truck. After laughing along with Negan's jokes on how he handled Lucille, he dismisses Joey harshly. Negan tells Carl that his eye is "rad as hell" and advises Carl to leave the bandage off so nobody will mess with him. He orders Carl to sing him a song, who reluctantly complies. Negan asks if his mother used to sing that to him, correctly guessing she is dead. Carl explains that he shot her to prevent her from turning. Negan remarks that no wonder he is a future serial killer in the making. Negan and Carl leave the room, with Negan claiming that the iron is ready.

Later, Saviors gather around a furnace on the factory floor, where Mark is tied to a chair. Negan orders Carl to hold Lucille as he reiterates the importance of rules. He brands Mark's face with a hot iron as punishment for his infraction. He orders Emmett Carson to tend to Mark and takes Carl away.

Back in Negan's apartment, Carl taunts Negan for being unable to kill him, Rick or Daryl and tells Negan he should jump out of the window so he doesn't have to kill him. Negan suggests they take a car ride.

Negan and Carl prepare to leave in the cargo truck. On their way out, Daryl warns Negan against hurting Carl. Negan immediately tells Dwight to put Daryl back in his cell and drives off.

Negan and Carl knock on Rick's door in Alexandria. Olivia answers and nervously tells Negan that Rick is out scavenging and might not return that day. She tells him that they are practically starving in order to provide for him. Negan mocks her weight and she starts to cry. He crudely proposes having sex with her to make it up to her and Olivia slaps him. Instead of being angry, Negan simply smiles and notes that he is "about 50% more into her now", showing that he actually admires her newfound feisty attitude. He then tells her to go and make some lemonade for him, and she reluctantly does so.

Negan takes a tour of Rick's house, and is impressed with their living arrangements. Carl tries to keep him away from Judith's bedroom, but Negan opens the door and discovers her nursery. He lifts Judith out of her crib.

Negan and Carl sit on the porch. Negan rocks Judith in his lap as he contemplates killing Rick and Carl, maybe even settling in the suburbs. Negan smiles and kisses Judith’s nose.

"Hearts Still Beating"

Negan enjoys a shave in Rick's bathroom. He then cooks spaghetti in the kitchen with Carl, instructing him to place a setting for Rick as Olivia pours him some lemonade. They sit at the table in silence, waiting for Rick to return. Negan grows tired and places Lucille in Rick's chair, he then asks Carl to pass the bread rolls to which he says please the second time after he is ignored the first time.

Later, Negan is sitting on the porch when Spencer approaches and Arat refuses to let him see him until Negan tells her to not be an asshole. Spencer introduces himself. They share a drink as Negan pines for a pool table. Spencer tells him where they can find one. Negan smiles and calls Spencer his "new best friend".

As Negan and Spencer play pool in the middle of the street, residents gather around to watch. Spencer tells Negan that Rick's ego is out of control and proposes that Negan appoint Spencer the new leader of Alexandria. Negan considers Spencer's betrayal. He points out that Rick is swallowing his hatred to gather goods for Negan so he won't kill anyone else. "That takes guts," he says. Negan wonders why Spencer doesn't just kill Rick himself instead of sneaking around. When he tries to speak, Negan answers his own question: "It's because you've got no guts," he says as he plunges a knife into Spencer's abdomen, disemboweling him. "There they are. They were inside you the whole time," Negan jokes as Spencer's guts spill out onto the asphalt, asking if someone wants to finish the game with him.

Angered, Rosita whips out her gun and shoots at Negan; however, the bullet hits Lucille instead. Negan, enraged at the damage done to Lucille, and the attempt on his life, screams out "SHIT! WHAT THE SHIT?! SHIT! YOU JUST... YOU TRIED TO KILL ME?! YOU SHOT LUCILLE!" and demands to know who made the bullet. Rosita lies and claims she made it herself. Negan doesn't believe her and orders Arat to put the knife to her face. Rosita again claims it was her as she presses her cheek against Arat's knife, cutting her own face. Negan simply doesn't fall for it, and then orders Arat to kill someone; she then turns and shoots Olivia in the face.

Rick appears and yells at Negan that they had an agreement. Negan tells him about how Carl infiltrated the Sanctuary and killed two of his men, how Spencer was plotting to have him killed, so he could be put in charge. He also tells Rick that Rosita shot Lucille trying to kill him and did not want Olivia to die even though he ordered Arat to kill someone. Negan agrees to go as soon as he learns who made the bullet. Tara says it was her, but a tearful Eugene confesses. Negan approaches him and tells him he believes him and Negan in his frustration asks Lucille to give him strength then angrily says that Rick's finds are not good enough after today and he warns Rick he will not forget what happened that day. Negan and his crew leave with Eugene in tow.

"Rock in the Road"

Although he isn't seen, Negan is heard on the radio Jesus took from the Sanctuary, he gives Fat Joey an eulogy, and he tells Simon to look for Daryl in Alexandria as he knows he escaped.

"Hostiles and Calamities"

Negan returns to the Sanctuary with his new prisoner, Eugene, who shakes with terror as Laura, a female Savior, walks him deep into the bowels of the Sanctuary. Negan discovers that Daryl killed Fat Joey and escaped. He then has the Saviors barge in and beat up Dwight as Negan watches from the doorway.

Dwight sits in Daryl’s dark cell, now his cell. Negan informs him that Sherry ran away and wonders if she helped Daryl escape. Dwight defends Sherry. Negan continues hypothesizing and questions whether Dwight changed his stripes and helped Daryl himself; he then orders Dwight to find Sherry and bring her back.

Outside, by the Sanctuary fence-line, Negan orders that Simon go lead a search party to Alexandria to search for Daryl. Eugene is brought before him and is given an intimidating introduction. When asked for his name, Eugene responds with "Eugene." Negan then prompts the Saviors for their names and they respond in unison: "Negan." Negan grills Eugene about his credentials. Scared, Eugene falls back on an old lie and claims he has multiple PhDs and was part of the Human Genome Project. Negan asks Eugene for advice on how to prevent his fence-line walkers from deteriorating. Eugene impresses Negan with his proposed solution: covering them in a shell of liquefied metal that will make the walkers indestructible once it dries. As a reward for his ingenuity, Negan offers to send several of his wives to Eugene's apartment.

Negan enters the factory floor, where a crowd has gathered around the furnace and he points Lucille directly at Eugene. "You are gonna wanna pay close attention to this," he says.

Negan turns and whacks Lucille against Emmett Carson's shoulder. Negan accuses Carson of helping Daryl escape in order to impress Sherry. He shows Carson a note from Sherry, which Dwight clipped from her farewell letter and planted in Dr. Carson's desk. "Goodbye - Honey," it reads. Carson accuses Dwight of lying, but he quickly folds and falsely confesses when Negan threatens him with the iron.

Negan stares intently at Eugene before he grabs Dr. Carson and throws him face-first into the furnace, burning him alive. Negan puts his arm around Dwight, saying "Good thing we have a spare Dr. Carson." Negan pays Eugene a visit. He tells Eugene that he doesn't make his invitation lightly and explains that he doesn't need to be scared anymore. Negan asks Eugene "Who are –" but Eugene interrupts before he can finish the question. "I'm Negan," Eugene says.

"The Other Side"

Negan emerges with Lucille outside the Sanctuary and greets Harlan Carson, who was taken from the Hilltop by Simon and his men. He hugs Eugene and hands him a walkie-talkie before he walks back inside the Sanctuary.

"Something They Need"

Negan arrives at Sasha's cell as one of the Saviors, David, is about to rape her. He angrily reminds him that rape is forbidden and that he crossed the line. When David apologizes, Negan stabs him through the neck, refusing to accept his apology.

Negan asks Sasha if Rick sent her to kill him but she assures him he didn't. Negan, impressed by Sasha's "lady nuts," asks her to join the Saviors. He unties her wrists, gives her his knife and presents his proposition: she can choose not to use the knife, allowing David to reanimate and kill her, or she can save herself and use the knife against David, but she'll have to join Negan's cause. He leaves the cell.

Negan opens the door to Sasha's cell and sees the knife protruding from David's forehead. "You win," Sasha says, agreeing to join him. Negan retrieves the knife and says that Sasha needs to further convince him of her loyalty. He tells her that he knows Rick is formulating a plot against him and that he plans to enlist her help in stopping him.

"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"

Negan brings a tray of food to Sasha's cell. He assures her she doesn't have to die that day but warns that someone from the Survivors does. She asks him what he needs from her. Negan tells Sasha how he plans to use her in his attack against Alexandria. He insists on executing three people, but Sasha bargains him down to one. He complies.

Meanwhile, Negan and his crew works to remove chopped down trees blocking the road, delaying their arrival at Alexandria; a diversionary tactic secretly employed by Dwight. Negan suspects Alexandria is responsible, and reminds Simon that they have a Plan B. Eugene asks Negan's permission to approach Rick and try to defuse the situation before resorting to warfare.

Earlier, As Negan's group mobilizes to attack Alexandria, Sasha tells Negan that she wants to travel to Alexandria in the casket so she can rest. She requests a bottle of water. Inside the coffin, Sasha selects a song from the iPod Eugene gave her. As music begins to play, she pops the suicide pill in her mouth and chases it with water.

A Scavenger alerts everyone in Alexandria to the Saviors' arrival. Rick assumes his position at the front gate, with Jadis crouching by his feet, hidden from view. Negan's caravan arrives. Eugene steps out and tries to convince Rick to surrender. Rick hesitates, stricken by Eugene's betrayal, then gives Rosita the signal to detonate the explosives. Rosita pushes the detonator, but there is no explosion. Before Rick can reach for his gun, Jadis leaps up and aims her gun at Rick. Simultaneously, the Scavengers all turn their guns on the Alexandrians.

Negan emerges from a truck and taunts Rick as his Saviors open the truck that holds the explosives. Negan's men remove a coffin from their flatbed; he announces that Sasha is inside, alive and well. He tells him that he was aware of Rick's plan to defy and attack him, as Jadis was the "little birdie" that revealed his plans and offers to let her live if Rick turns over all their guns, and Daryl. Even then, Negan will still execute one Alexandrian of Rick's choosing. If he refuses, Negan will kill them all. Rick insists on seeing Sasha. Negan taps Lucille against the casket, knocking.

Negan opens the casket door. Sasha, now a walker, lunges at him. The Survivors take advantage of the ensuing chaos and turns their guns on the Scavengers. Those on the guard posts open fire on the Saviors outside. Michonne fights Farron on the balcony. In the chaos, Rosita is shot, and shortly after is escorted away by Tara. Rick tries to join the fight, but Jadis holds him at gunpoint. Meanwhile, Roy removes the zombified Sasha from Negan, but she then proceeds to devour Roy's face as Negan and Simon hide from gunfire behind a truck. Negan screams to Simon that they need to put Plan B into action.

In the streets below, The Saviors and Scavengers have gained control of the situation; some Alexandrians have been killed, and the rest are in custody. Jadis leads Rick to Negan and orders him to kneel beside Carl, who is surrounded by over a dozen Saviors. She reminds Negan of their deal, twelve people in exchange for the Scavengers' help in the attack. Negan swiftly bargains her down to 10.

Rick and Carl look on in horror as a body plummets to the ground, from Michonne's balcony post. Negan vows to kill Carl and cut off Rick's hands as punishment for Rick's collusion. Rick swallows his fear and furiously reiterates his pledge to kill Negan, regardless of the threats he makes. Negan stares at him for a moment, before smiling. As Negan prepares to strike Carl with Lucille, Shiva leaps onto and mauls a nearby Scavenger. Carol and Ezekiel arrive at the head of the Kingdom regiment in an attack, as Maggie arrives with the Hilltop fighters. A battle ensues as the Saviors and Scavengers are caught off guard. Rick and Carl join the fight. Negan orders a retreat as Shiva mauls another of his men to death. Before he escapes, Negan is furious and is surprised to see Maggie, alive and well, leading the Hilltop warriors. Negan and his men leave under a hail of bullets and gives his attackers the middle finger before escaping.

Back at the Sanctuary, Simon and Dwight inform Negan that preparations are underway for plan B. Negan asks Eugene how Sasha managed to die in the casket. Eugene surmises that she ran out of air. Negan looks doubtful, but concedes it's possible. Negan then addresses his Saviors amassed in the courtyard. "We are going to war," he declares.

Season 8


Negan along with Dwight, Regina, Eugene, Simon and Gavin emerge from the Sanctuary after Rick and his army arrive outside. Negan wonders if Rick is going to kill him and Rick insists he is after he told him twice already. Negan berates Rick saying that he doesn't have "the numbers" to fight the Saviors. Negan has Simon bring out Gregory who under Negan's coercion says that the Hilltop "stands with Negan and the Sanctuary". Rick offers all of the Saviors the chance to live if they surrender, however Negan won't have the same chance. The lieutenants refuse to surrender.

Negan becomes frustrated when Rick and his army refuse to back down. Negan has Simon push Gregory off the platform. Rick continues to offer the lieutenants a way out. Gavin wants to talk but Rick insists this is the only way. "You're gonna make me count?" Rick asks. He starts at 10, but unleashes his gunfire at 7.

When Rick opens fire Negan and his lieutenants run for cover. All of the Lieutenants run back inside, however Negan remains outside. He gets shot in the leg and limps towards a sheet of metal for cover as Rick continues firing on him and the Sanctuary windows. Gabriel urges Rick to evacuate. Negan is next seen when Gabriel finds shelter in an outbuilding and Negan is revealed to be there too. Negan smiles at Gabriel and tells him that he is "about to shit his pants".

"The Big Scary U"

In a flashback, Negan is present at a crisis meeting with Gregory, Simon, Regina, Dwight and Eugene concerning the rebellion at Alexandria. Gregory thanks them for listening to him. He understands how hard it is to manage people in this environment and the big scary u. He explains it as "the unknown." Negan tells Gregory he likes killing people and killing the right people and the right time makes things fall into place. "You kill one and you could be saving hundreds more," Negan tells him. "We save people." Gregory realizes that's why they're called the Saviors. Dwight gets up to leave for a cigarette but Negan questions he wouldn't want to hear Gregory. Dwight says it doesn't matter because he's just going to do what he's told.

Gregory continues, describing the conflict and claiming he can stop it before it gets started. He offers to kick everyone out of the Hilltop who side with Rick. Negan asks if he can exile people. "Hilltop is my house," Gregory said. He claims he's still "the guy" there. Negan questions it, though, because he saw Maggie alive and is leading an army of his people. Gregory insists he didn't know about Maggie until now. Gregory tells him the Hilltop is his home.

Simon suggests a strong raid on the Hilltop, which could end in killing everyone there if they don't cooperate, which would send a message to the other communities. "People are a resource," Negan insists. "Money on the table. People are the foundation of what we are doing here!" He angrily questions Simon if he remembers who they are and who is in charge. Simon pledges his allegiance.

Negan says they have to capture Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel and kill them horribly in front of their people. Suddenly, The Militia's gunshots ring out outside. Simon suggests shooting at them but Negan says it would be a waste of ammo. Instead, he will go talk to everyone. They all walk outside.

In the present, Negan is in a trailer with Gabriel. He tackles and disarms him. His handgun was fully loaded. Gabriel says he didn't have enough bullets to take out the walkers. Negan calls it a "smart play" and helps him then sits down and indicates Gabriel should be quiet. "Your friend Rick is an asshole," Negan says. But Father Gabriel says Negan is. "Yeah, I am, but he's gonna get people killed." Negan explains that he killed Abraham and Glenn, but Rick got them killed for killing his people. Negan then questions Gabriel why he saved Gregory after he tried to sell them out. Gabriel reveals he fears a fruitless death. "There had to be some reason I did what I did," Gabriel said. "Maybe this is the reason." Gabriel says he wants to take Negan's offer.

Back in the trailer, Negan and Gabriel continue their conversation. Negan insists they wait it out. Gabriel asks Negan to confess, "I don't have shit to confess," Negan said. "Except for the fact that I rubbed one out right where you're sitting just to calm down a bit." He questions Gabriel on why he became a priest. "I love god and I love people," Gabriel said. "I wanted to bring them together." "I like to help people through their weaknesses too," Negan said. "Been doing it one way or another my whole life. You wanna know why people are gonna start dying in there? Because I'm not there to stop it." Negan begins whistling and the walker presence intensifies.

Negan goes on about being weak but also being strong. He claims everyone is a mix. "I took this place and it was a damn free for all," Negan said. "A confederation of assholes. An army made up of gangs of animals. The last guy that was in charge? He wasn't in charge of shit. He allowed people to be weak. I don't, I make them strong, which makes this world strong. You're gonna see Gabey. I'm gonna make you my special project."

Gabriel insists he is strong. He confess that he was at the Satellite Outpost. Negan is surprised and criticizes him for killing people in their sleep. "Tell me how you're weak," Gabriel responds. "I haven't killed anyone that didn't need it," Negan said. Gabriel questions him about the workers and the wives. Negan calls the workers an economy and insists "every one of those ladies made the choice." Gabriel asks if Negan had a wife before all of this. Negan holds Lucille and says, "Lucille, give me strength!" Negan lets his guard down as Gabriel grabs his gun before locking himself in the trailer's second room. Negan takes out walkers which barged through and says it's time to go.

Back in the trailer, Negan explains how they will get inside, using Lucille and each other. Negan grabs the walker and pulls it toward him but Gabriel is hiding on the other side of the wall. He is armed with a gun. Negan asks Gabriel for his help. Gabriel says he killed before, but that's not his greatest sin, he confess he locked his congregation out of his church when all this started, he listened to the people die. Everyday he works to lessen that failure and be of service and purpose. "Now, I offer you the assurance of a pardon," Gabriel said. "I will go with you." He wants to show Negan that working together is the best move but he'll only do it if Negan confesses.

Negan finally opens up about his first wife, prior to the epidemic, how he treated her badly and how he couldn't put her down after she died and convinces Gabriel they have to work together to get out of this mess. Gabriel emerges and gives Negan the gun, saying, "You're forgiven." Negan punches him in the face once and says "thanks." Negan rips apart the walker and explains how the insides can be used to walk among the dead.

Negan and Gabriel make a bunch of noise and lets walkers enter the trailer until it is full and they can find a way out. Slowly, the two maneuver through the crowd until Gabriel trips. They work together, saving one another, until they get to an edge where walkers fall on them.

Negan and Gabriel have made it safely inside that Sanctuary, he whistles his way in as he witness Regina killing a worker. Negan criticizes her for doing that. Negan reaffirms his power, and reminds them who he is. "I wear a leatherjacket, I have Lucille, and my nutsack is made of steel!" He excuses himself to a shower and some service from Frankie. He will then get back to business and saving everyone. Negan orders Gabriel to be kept in a cell.

Later, Negan and the lieutenants find some of the weapon bags left by the Survivors, and realize that the weapons they had were stolen from the Sanctuary. Privately, Negan tells Eugene he will reward him handsomely if he can figure out the mole within the Saviors, but at the same time, he will kill him if he can't, albeit quickly.

"Time for After"

Negan is met by Eugene in the conference room. Negan expresses an increasing worry for the safety of his community, while praising Eugene and his efforts in the compound. He reminds Eugene that he is aware of how smart he is, prompting Eugene to remind him of his loyalty. Negan reaches out his hand and Eugene attempts to kiss it but Negan was looking for a handshake. It's a sign of mutual respect which not many people get from Negan. Eugene accepts this, declaring that there is work that needs to be done before leaving the room.

Negan and Eugene propose a plan to clear out the walkers with whatever firearms they have left, with Eugene affirming that he will be able to stock the Saviors up on freshly-made ammo should they run low. He then proposes another solution to deal with the issue. Negan again praises Eugene on his initiative, but before he can hear the plan, Dwight and the other lieutenants report to Negan about the situation with the herd. Negan has high hopes that Eugene's plan will give them the upper hand. Eugene stares intently at Dwight, instead of ratting him out, he informs Negan that he intends to repair the intercom system, giving them an advantage in communications with the rest of the community. Negan is underwhelmed by Eugene's words.

"How It's Gotta Be"

Negan is first seen banging Lucille against Alexandria's gates and offers them a deal over a loudspeaker: either the people of Alexandria can line up in front of their homes, decide who's going to be the offering for Lucille, have Rick killed in front of everyone and then everyone can move on with their lives, or the Saviors will bomb Alexandria with grenade launchers. Negan gives the survivors three minutes for them to decide.

As three minutes have passed, Negan and over two dozen Saviors are preparing to torch Alexandria to the ground, but Negan is interrupted by Carl who tries to defuse the situation. He says that there are children and his sister taking refuge at the town; however, Negan states that they also have young people at the Sanctuary, as well as a baby at an outpost, whose fate Negan is wondering about. Negan tells Carl that he needs to be in charge because the communities need someone who will do whatever it takes. Carl says that, if there has to be punishment, Negan should kill him to pay for what Rick has done. Carl says he doesn't want to die, but he'll do it if he has to so everyone can continue living. He asks Negan if this is who he wanted to be, taking him off guard.

As they talk, the people of Alexandria break out in a convoy. Negan gets angry at Carl for tricking him and orders the Saviors to blow up Alexandria and the Saviors launch grenades into Alexandria, destroying it. Negan's troops smash their way through Alexandria's gates. He orders the Saviors to capture Carl alive, destroy every other house, and send Rick to him when he arrives.

Rick heads towards his house in search of Carl, Judith, and Michonne. Negan ambushes him, catching him by surprise and hitting him in the abdomen and arm with Lucille. Rick dodges subsequent blows as Negan tells him he will torture Rick before he kills him. To Rick's anger, Negan claims he will train Carl to be one of his lieutenants. They exchange punches but Rick is tackled to the ground. He gains the upper hand by grabbing a piece of metal and striking Negan in the face, knocking him on his back. He grabs Lucille and begins hitting Negan with her, which enrages him to the point that he is able to knock Rick back. Rick grabs his gun from the floor, but is unable to draw it quickly enough as he gets pushed out a window, before fleeing down the road.


In the future, Carl envisioned for Rick, Negan is tending the gardens in Alexandria when Judith walks up to him. Negan warmly greets Judith.

"The Lost and the Plunderers"

Negan recounts to Simon the situation that unfurled at Alexandria, impressed with Carl's efforts to assist the residents. He inquires Simon of his handling of the travelling Hilltop residents, Simon reports that the situation was settled and asks about Gavin's group, from whom neither of them have heard. Negan seats Simon and tasks him with handling the Scavengers. Initially delighted at the thought of wiping out their traitors, Simon is shut down by Negan, who reminds him that despite betraying them, they are still a valuable resource. He orders Simon to only deliver the standard "kill one, spare the rest" message, as a reminder that their earlier alliance is a deal made final.

Simon argues that their methods are not working, in that Alexandria, the Hilltop, the Kingdom and the Scavengers do not seem to realize how serious the Saviors are. To this end, he proposes they cut their losses and find other communities who would join their cause rather than bring Rick's people to submission. Negan, not happy with the idea, retorts that while their current methods prove difficult, they are still effective. He affirms his belief that once Rick is disposed of, everyone will fall back into line.

Before the conversation can continue, Gary and two other Saviors haul in a large crate, the same box Maggie requested from Simon following their encounter on the road, and set it on the table. Negan and Simon open the box to reveal a zombified Dean, who is quickly put down. Furious, Simon realizes that the remaining 38 Saviors mentioned on the crate cover are those stationed at the Satellite Outpost. He flies into a rage and vows to eliminate the Hilltop Colony, but Negan angrily shuts him down, and tells him to do his job, leaving him silent.

After Simon deals with the Scavengers and returning to the Sanctuary, Simon and Negan discuss the fact that Gavin has still not reported back, both unaware that he is dead. On Negan's inquiry of the Scavengers, Simon reports that his mission was a success, lying that he delivered the standard message and adding that "there was remorse". Negan is called by D.J., informing him that Rick is calling from a walkie talkie.

Hearing his voice on the other end, Rick reports Carl's death, much to Negan's obvious shock and grief. He reveals the contents of their letters, Carl wishes for the both of them to end their war and make peace. Rick, however, believes that peace is now impossible to achieve. Negan asks if Carl's death was of the Saviors' doing, but Rick angrily denies this, explaining that he died trying to help someone. Negan reveals his sincere remorse, expressing that Carl represented their future, but also iterates that Carl's death was because Rick, in leading the revolt against the Saviors, was not present to keep Carl safe from doing something that would bring harm to himself.

Negan condemns Rick's decisions and insists that he stop the war, lest he lose more of his loved ones and have to live with the fact that they died fighting a losing battle. He explains that all of his losses could have been avoided had he just submitted. Negan deems Rick a failure as both a leader and a father and implores him to surrender, seeing that the war has caused him to lose more than he has gained.

"Dead or Alive Or"

Negan talks to Eugene, disappointed that Eugene's efforts have not completely alleviated the issues at hand and that Gabriel and Carson have somehow escaped undetected, unaware that Eugene was responsible. Negan affirms to that once Carson and Gabriel are caught and brought back to the Sanctuary, he will find out about their escapades. A nervous Eugene inquires about the events that occurred at Alexandria, Negan questions his inquiry, asking if he cares despite Alexandria's actions against him since his defection.

Negan then places Eugene in charge of his own outpost - a small team in charge of crafting munitions for the Saviors. Eugene shows concern and questions why the Alexandrians are no longer resources and why Negan wants to kill everyone, as Negan claims to view people as a valuable resource. Negan explains that the bullets are a last resort, should the Survivors refuse to come to terms with the Saviors. After Negan explains Eugene's security detail, Eugene asks if there will be a wine supply, he confirms this.

Negan later bursts into Eugene's new outpost, followed by two Saviors bringing in a recaptured Gabriel. Negan claims to have a story from Gabriel on the circumstances of his and Carson's escape. To Eugene's relief, Gabriel does not hold Eugene responsible for the planning of their escape, but rather Carson. Negan then leaves Gabriel in charge of arranging Eugene's bullet casings. Eugene reports that while his munitions have been of great quality, the quantity of supplies is running low. He suggests the possibility of launching walker viscera at the opposing forces in a last-resort effort to dissuade them from fighting.

Gaining a new set of ideas from this otherwise-ludicrous scenario, Negan leaves, satisfied. Negan has the remaining Saviors at the Sanctuary (including Dwight) gathered at the courtyard, with several walkers chained to the fences. He relays the process of turning when getting bit by a walker and proposes they use that to their advantage - coating their weapons in walker remains will effectively "taint" them, and while the weapon may not kill the enemy, the viscera will create a surefire way for the victim to become infected. He then coats Lucille in a thick coat of blood and flesh from one of the walkers and displays it to the crowd.

"The Key"

Negan stops by Dwight's apartment and welcomes him back to the Sanctuary. Dwight explains that he was heading towards Hilltop in hopes of running into Saviors. Negan orders Dwight back to work. Simon directs his crew as they gut yard walkers and collect entrails to immerse their weapons in, which they plan to use in their attack against Hilltop. Negan predicts the Survivors will surrender once they comprehend his new strategy. Negan dips Lucille in a bucket of walker guts. Dwight and Simon drive off with a convoy of Saviors.

As they are on their way to Hilltop, Rick suddenly rams his car into Negan's then pursues him down city streets. Simon instructs the rest of the Saviors to stay behind and set up a perimeter while he and Dwight search for Negan. Negan comes to in his overturned car, which is covered in walker guts. Rick approaches and shoots at Negan, who uses the car for cover. Negan escapes into an abandoned building with Rick hot on his heels.

Inside, Rick continues firing at Negan, but quickly runs out of bullets. He throws his hatchet at Negan and narrowly misses. Negan falls off a landing and dangles from the ledge by his fingers. Rick grabs his hatchet and chops at Negan's hands. Negan plummets into the basement. Rick hunts for Negan in the basement. He discovers a barricaded storage room full of walkers. Negan makes Rick an offer: If Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom fall in line, they'll only be required to send the Saviors a quarter of their supplies as long as Rick works at the Sanctuary as a janitor. Rick retorts that Negan lost his credibility after the Saviors killed all the Scavengers. Negan reels at the news of the massacre and is mad upon realizing Simon killed them all. Rick finds Lucille on the ground.

Rick tells Negan he has Lucille. Negan forbids Rick from touching her. Rick sets Lucille on fire and bashes the barricade to the storage room, busting it open. Negan charges at him. Rick swings at Negan. Meanwhile, walkers flood out of the storage room and attack. Negan tackles Rick, grabs his beloved bat and escapes. Rick chases him through a window. He runs outside and finds his car gone. Negan wakes up in a car and finds Anne behind the steering wheel, holding him at gunpoint. He chuckles and Anne knocks him unconscious.

"Still Gotta Mean Something"

Negan is first seen at the Heaps, being chained to a board. He questions Jadis what is going on as she drags him out. Jadis prepares a fire beside Negan, attempting to burn Lucille in full view of Negan to psychologically hurt him. He tells her he can smell what happened here and he doesn't throw resources like people away. Negan apologizes for the massacre and insists that he wasn't responsible. Jadis cuts him off by crashing Lucille down to about an inch from his face.

Jadis' watch beeps. She leaves Negan alone for a moment and returns with a walker tied to a cart. Negan fires at her with a gun he managed to get hold of, and threatens to burn a pile of sentimental photos with a flare that he found in her bag. Jadis emerges from her cover and orders Negan to leave the pictures alone. Negan questions her that is how she kills people slow with Winslow, but Jadis tells him people are resources.

Jadis begs Negan not to burn her photos. Negan explains that Lucille is all he has left of his wife, whom he named the bat after. Jadis' watch beeps again. She rams the walker into Negan and wrestles the flare away. To her dismay, the flare falls in a puddle of water and the flame is snuffed. A helicopter appears overhead. She tries to hail it to no avail. Jadis rushes over to burn the bat. Negan begs her not to and he offers to "settle it." Jadis drops the flare and they're both painfully relieved. He vows to settle things with the perpetrator of the massacre.

Negan is dressed and ready to leave the Heaps. He wants to know what just happened here. She is silent, though. He invites her with him to join the Saviors, but she rejects it. "I'll swing back by sometime," Negan tells her. "Who knows, maybe you'll wanna share." Negan is shown driving himself back to the Sanctuary, when he comes across someone on the road and orders them into the car. They arrive at the Sanctuary, where D.J. and the Saviors greet them. D.J. tells him that he knew he wasn't dead to which Negan replies that he knows and then tells D.J., to keep his arrival a secret as he wants it to be a surprise for everyone else.


Negan surprises Dwight in the Sanctuary courtyard. He interrogates Dwight as to why they didn’t search for him while he was attacked by Rick. Dwight insists he only stopped searching for him on Simon's orders and explains that Simon believed him dead. He reminds Negan about his loyalty to the Saviors.

Negan meets Simon and his other lieutenants. Simon asks Negan to forgive him for his actions against the Hilltop. Negan reminds Simon of the time they took the Sanctuary as well as Simon's actions against Oceanside. Negan orders Simon to his knees, but spares his life. Negan outlines a plan to surround Hilltop and slaughter anyone who tries to leave. He pulls Dwight aside and commends him for doing whatever it takes to stay alive.

Negan later appears at the courtyard where Simon, Gary, Dwight and Gregory are. He whistles in response and emerges from his hiding place. He orders his hidden men to kill all of the conspirators, including Gary. Negan tells Simon that Dwight had informed him of his entire plot to kill him. Negan angrily reprimands Simon of going against his orders by wiping out the Scavengers, reminding him that he also led to the massacre of all the men of the Oceanside community, something that Negan needed to keep in check. Negan offers Simon a chance to fight him hand-to-hand.

Negan and Simon face off in a grudge match, surrounded by everyone in The Sanctuary. Fists fly in a knockout brawl. Negan eventually knocks Simon to the ground and begins to strangle him. As Simon struggles, Negan laments that because of his actions at Hilltop, those people can no longer be controlled. "So now I have to kill them all, just like I have to kill you" he shouts, before crushing Simon's throat, killing him.

Negan walks Dwight back to his room and appoints him his new right-hand man. Dwight opens the door only to find Laura waiting inside. Negan explains that he picked Laura up on his way back to the Sanctuary and learned everything about Dwight's treachery. He deduces that Dwight was responsible for many of Rick's attacks on the Saviors and he knows he lied to him about killing Sherry. He explains that he was playing Dwight along and Negan makes it clear that he knew Dwight would let Rick know of the plan, which was purposely made up to lead Rick and his allies into a trap. Instead of killing him, he keeps Dwight alive, knowing he might be useful in the future.

Negan is later contacted by Michonne over walkie-talkie, who reads Carl's letter to him, again reiterating his same request to end the war peacefully and starting over. However, Negan refuses the offer, saying that Rick pushed him too far, and said that the only way to end the war was to kill every one of Rick's allies, and finished by saying that "no more talk" before destroying the walkie-talkie.


Negan is shown when the Saviors mobilize at the Sanctuary. Eugene informs Negan that he manufactured the bullets as requested. Negan shoots a dummy labeled "Rick" with a test bullet and grins. He gives a map to two Saviors, Lance and Duke, and sends them out.

Negan, Laura, Eugene and Gabriel drive out together. Negan predicts that Rick will send a scout team to kill Lance's group as they set up their roadblock. He explains that he gave Lance and Duke, who were Simon's men, a decoy map to lure the Survivors into an ambush. Rick's scout team kills Lance's group and finds the map, unaware that it's a decoy. In Negan's car, Laura swerves to avoid a walker in the road. Seeing an opportunity, Gabriel opens the car door and leaps free.

Eugene manages to capture him. Negan whacks Gabriel in the stomach with Lucille, bringing him to his knees. He orders him back in the car. Rick's army advances to the ambush spot. Whistling begins just as it did on the night Glenn and Abraham died. Negan contacts them over a bullhorn to taunt them before their inevitable execution. A firing line of Saviors forms up to slaughter the Militia from a distance at higher ground. At the end of Negan's countdown, the Saviors fire, However, Eugene had tampered with their guns and they unexpectedly backfired, killing many Saviors. Taking advantage of the moment, the Militia presses the attack on the Saviors, killing several more.

After the failure of the guns, Negan turns in anger to Eugene, only to be attacked by Gabriel and then Dwight. Negan manages to subdue them both and he makes a run for it, chased by Rick. He runs out of bullets and fights Negan hand to hand. They stop at a tree, where a framed stained glass window hangs from.

Negan gains the upper hand and reveals that the outcome of his game of "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe", when he first met Rick, wasn't random and that he chose to kill Abraham. He purposefully avoided killing Rick so that Carl wouldn't have to see it.

Rick asks Negan to grant him ten seconds to describe the future Carl envisioned and Negan acquiesces. Negan is nearly in tears when Rick puts Carl's words in Negan's face. Rick suddenly slits Negan's throat with a shard of glass.

Negan falls to the ground clutching at his bleeding neck. Rick looks behind at the captured Saviors. After a moment of thought, Rick orders Siddiq to save Negan. Maggie screams and demands that Negan die, but Michonne holds her back. Rick orders the Saviors to return home and proclaims that Negan's rule is over. He points to the massive herd in the distance and declares that they must unite to fight the walkers, the real threat.

Later, Negan recovers in the infirmary. Rick and Michonne inform him that he will rot in a cell for the rest of his life and serve as a reminder that people are capable of change and as an evidence that they will bring civilization.

Season 9

"The Bridge"

In Alexandria, Rick goes down a basement to talk to a locked up Negan. He mentions that it been 35 days since Gregory's execution.

He talks about how everything has changed after the war and how the communities are working together on fixing a bridge, which will the link to their future. "We're making a new beginning," Rick says smiling with hope.

After Rick finishes narrating his story, Negan, sporting a much larger beard than normal, questions when he will be able to have a look at the thriving communities but Rick tells him never and tells him he will die in his cell. Rick claims they are thriving without him to build a future and Negan taunts him about Carl but an angry Rick shuts him up and forbids him from mentioning Carl. Negan responds with a grin: "You're not saving this world, Rick. You just get it ready for me," warning him that the peace between the communities won't last too long and that he will not be locked up forever.

"The Obliged"

In Alexandria, Negan is visited by Michonne after he refuses to eat. He says he'll only eat if she stays to talk to him. She agrees to stay for an hour.

Negan tells Michonne he's not meant to be in the cell just as she's not meant to be doing random chores and looking after kids. Michonne shoots back that she's helping rebuild civilization. Negan admits he's happy his wife never got to see him like this, revealing that they wish they had a kid like Carl, but his wife got cancer and the world changed. Michonne says she sees Carl everywhere, and when Negan asks about her own kid, she angrily says Andre didn't make it. Negan says it's better this way because his wife wasn't made for the apocalypse. "We were built for more," he says. Michonne reacts in anger and storms off.

A while later, Michonne returns to Negan's cell and acknowledges that they're similar, but distinguishes that her worldview is a lot more positive than his. She finally gets him to eat, and as she leaves he asks her to see Lucille. Michonne tells him they don't have the bat anymore and leaves smiling.

After she leaves, Negan starts to violently bang his head against the wall.

"What Comes After"

Maggie arrives in Alexandria and after convincing Michonne, is given the key to Negan's cell. He chuckles at her as Maggie demands he get on his knees. From the shadows, Negan taunts Maggie about killing Glenn and begs her to kill him. She opens the cell and slams him against the wall as he begs for death. He sobs and admits he wants to be reunited with his wife Lucille. She tells him to get back to his cell because he’s already worse than dead.

"Who Are You Now?"

Following Rick's presumed death, Negan started to get in talks with Judith as she grew up. This talks would eventually give Negan a more positive outcome in his punishment and make him friendlier.

Six years later, as he sits on his cell, Judith reads off a math problem to him about two planes on a collision course. He stops her and asks if she's ever seen a plane and she says no, so Negan suggests she worry about problems that apply to the real world. Judith then tells him that Michonne wants to make Magna's group leave but she doesn't want them to. Negan uses an anecdote from his childhood about a seemingly nice stray dog that turned violent, meaning just because someone looks nice doesn't mean they are. Judith brushes it off and says that she only wants his help with math, as the numbers don't care if someone's good or bad on the inside. Negan smiles as she leaves.


In Alexandria, Gabriel helps Negan meditate in his cell. Negan compliments him on Rosita and brags that he's heard some interesting things she said outside his cell. Gabriel says that he doesn't care what Rosita said about him, but Negan points out he never said that Rosita mentioned Gabriel. Gabe then leaves, somewhat ruffled.

Later, Negan taunts Gabriel with cleaning his potty to the point where he gets mad. Gabe confesses he’s upset he has to take care of him while Rosita recovers at Hilltop. Negan expresses genuine sympathy but is shut off by an angry Gabriel who storms off after slamming Negan's cell door shut. Negan is then un-cuffed by his guard and sits back on his bed.

At night, Negan plays with a tennis ball until he accidentally bounces it outside of his cell. He then notices the door slightly moving because of the wind, confusing him. He touches the door and discovers it has been left open. He picks up his tennis ball and is left in thought for a moment. He then tosses the ball, smiles and leaves.


In Alexandria, Negan sneaks around the garden, eats a tomato and steals a shovel. He breaks into Judith's room, looks at one of her drawings and then takes her compass. At dawn, he puts on normal clothes and scales the fence, before Judith stops him with her gun. He laughs and suggests they just go their separate ways, but she doesn't budge. Negan climbs down and Judith reminds him there's nothing out there for him. He promises not to hurt anyone, even in self-defense. Judith finally relents and allows him to keep her compass in hopes that it will help him find his way, but promises that if she sees him again she'll shoot.

In the woods, Negan strolls around and kills some walkers, costing him his flood supply. He then drinks from a river, before spitting the water out. He notices he's in the clearing when he first met Rick and looks down, remembering his actions. Later, he rummages through an abandoned clothing store and finds himself a black leather jacket. Suddenly, three hungry dogs show up, forcing him to hide on top of a shelf. He runs outside and throws a walker in to escape from the dogs, barely escaping with his life.

Negan eventually returns to the Sanctuary. He finds everything abandoned and encounters one of his zombified Saviors, Richie. After failing to be alone, Negan goes to the courtyard and kills all the walkers, except for Big Richie. Inside, he looks at Judith's compass and smiles, thinking about their conversation. He then kills Richie and proceeds to leave on a motorcycle.

On the road, Negan drives his bike but crashes when he is shot by Judith. She says a lot of people are looking for him. He gives her back the compass and says he wants to return to Alexandria because she was right, there isn't anything out there for him. Judith then escorts him back to Alexandria.


In Alexandria, Michonne visits Negan in his cell, having learned that he refuses to explain himself to anyone but her and demands to know why he came back. Negan points out that he could've easily waited to ambush and kill Michonne or instead killing any number of sleeping people, but she points out that he would've only condemned himself to death and realizes that he decided to try out in the wider world, only for it to "spit him out".

Negan admits that she's right that the world has changed, but insists that he has changed too and asks her to give him a chance to trust him, offering to be a sounding board for Michonne "leader to former leader." Michonne rejects Negan's advice and announces that they will be tying him up as they fortify the cell lock and orders the windows to be closed as she spots Judith sneaking off after having spied on the meeting. She leaves as Negan sighs in disappointment.


In Alexandria, Michonne visits Negan's cell to ask if he's seen Judith and demands to know what she talks to him about. He says homework, stories about Rick, and how she's as much of a badass as Carl was. He also says he is straight forward with her, and maybe if Michonne did the same she'd know where she is. She asks if he told her what he did to Glenn and Abraham, with Negan acquiescing. He reveals Judith hates that she's not letting Magna's people in and believes things should be like Carl wanted them to be. Michonne yells that Judith is her daughter, and Negan reminds her that "maybe she is exactly like her mother and she is not taking shit lying down." She realizes he's right and rushes back to her home, leaving a preoccupied Negan alone.

"The Storm"

In Alexandria, Negan takes shelter from the storm with the residents in the church. He jokes about Rosita's love quadrangle and taunts Gabriel by calling him "father…not the father," to Eugene's amusement. Judith tells him she's worried about Dog, who she lost despite Daryl asking her to watch over him. Suddenly, the group smells something and Eugene pulls Siddiq and Gabriel away from the fireplace before it explodes. He says the chimney makes it unsafe to light anything else on fire, so Gabriel decides they're moving to Aaron's house. They all tie a rope around themselves and head out into the blizzard.

In the middle of the path, Judith hears Dog barking in the distance and chases after him, forcing Negan to race after her at the risk of his own life. A while later, he gets hit by debris while searching for Judith. He screams her name until he hears Dog barking and finds her. Negan puts Judith on his shoulder, grabs Dog's leash and gives her his coat to stay warm. He then ties up his injured leg and carries her and Dog away.

The next day, after the storm is over, Negan's leg injury is treated by Siddiq. Michonne visits him and thanks him for saving Judith. Negan displays sympathy for the loss of the Kingdom, admitting that while he doesn't know any of the people, he does know what its like to lose a kingdom. He muses that last time they were there Rick had just slit his throat and compliments her on having the guts to cross through the Whisperers' territory.

Negan then suggests to Michonne that a common enemy and a common goal is the same thing as "facing evil brings good people together." Negan tells Michonne that in such a situation, "no one ever thinks they're the evil one," leaving her in thought.

Season 10

"Lines We Cross"

Sometime after the blizzard, Negan is now allowed to be outside his cell during the day to help out around Alexandria with the gardening. Months later, Negan is picking up tomatoes while being watched by Brandon. He notices Lydia training nearby and asks her what's wrong. She tells him everyone's on alert because they found a skin. Negan playfully warns her to watch her back.

A while later, Negan is placed back in his cell and is visited by Gabriel. Negan advises him to temper the coming dangers to his people as to not cause a panic. Gabriel asks if he should lie. "No, not lie," Negan tells him. "At most, I'm talking about a little strategic omission." He also claims that if manipulating people keeps them alive, there is no harm.


Following the incoming waves of walkers approaching Alexandria, Negan is ordered by Gabriel to accompany Aaron in fighting the walkers due to a lack of soldiers at the moment. Despite Aaron's reluctance, Negan is willing to work alongside him and is even impressed by his mace. In the woods, Negan and Aaron kill some walkers. When Negan finds a crowbar, Aaron demands him to put it down. Negan says he's not the guy he thinks he is but Aaron makes him continue to use the broomstick to kill the incoming walkers.

At night, Negan takes out a walker with the crowbar which prompts Aaron to demand he heads back. When Negan tries to dismiss him, Aaron pushes him to the ground. "I did what I had to do back then," Negan claims about his past actions. Aaron asks why Eric had to die and Negan tells him if he doesn't protect what belongs to him then it belongs to someone else. Aaron shoots back that if he failed Eric then Negan failed his wife and she died hating him.

Negan then escapes as Aaron is suddenly attacked by walkers. Inside a cabin, Negan patiently hides and waits as a blind Aaron seeks shelter inside looking for him. When Aaron causes noise, walkers storm in. Negan immediately saves Aaron with the crowbar and tells him the flowers growing out of the walkers are called hogweed and can lead to blindness. He hands him water and tells him they'll leave in the morning. At dawn, Negan keeps watch by a window when Aaron tells him he can finally see. They then head back to Alexandria.

"Silence the Whisperers"

Negan is doing chores around the community when Lydia visits him to inform him his advice to ignore her bullies isn't working and they keep harassing her. Before they can continue talking, Daryl arrives and orders her to leave. "She's just trying to fit in," Negan says. Daryl tells him that won't happen with him being around her and leaves.

Later that night, Negan hears as Lydia is being attacked by Gage, Margo and Alfred and comes to her rescue. He throws Margo into a wall, and protects Lydia. Frightened, Gage claims they were just trying to scare her. Brandon arrives and they realize that Margo is dead. Negan is then left worried over this. When the other residents arrive at the scene, Daryl orders Negan to be put back in his cell immediately.

A while later, Negan is visited in his cell by Daryl. He tells Negan people want him dead, but Negan claims it was an accident and Margo was an asshole anyway for beating on a kid. Daryl asks why he helped Lydia and Negan says he believes in their way of life. Daryl promises he'll get a chance to tell his side and leaves. However, Negan is somehow released from his cell by someone in the middle of the night and escapes the community running into the woods.

"What It Always Is"

Negan washes his face in a river when Brandon arrives and pretends to hold a knife to him. He reveals he is joking and tosses him a canteen. Negan drinks from it and then flashes a smile. Later that day, Negan is making a spear and becomes annoyed at Brandon when he tries to mimic the Saviors' whistling. As they walk around the woods, Brandon starts fantasizing about the Sanctuary and reveals he is mad that Rick Grimes killed his parents. He then claims he heard that Negan shot Carl. Negan gets angry and corrects him, showing respect to Carl, and saying he would never kill a kid. "We're both Negan", Brandon says seemingly understanding him.

They continue their journey and find a Whisperer border. Before they can investigate, a walker attacks Negan. He uses the wire around its neck to rip its head off and stomps its head. He sarcastically thanks Brandon, who reveals he was making him another Lucille and he had also sneaked his leather jacket from the community. Negan smiles but asks him to put it all back in the bag because he doesn't want to be recognized.

While looking for shelter, Brandon asks Negan to rate female walkers on hotness when suddenly they hear screams from inside a bus. Negan runs inside and stabs several walkers to save a woman and her son. Brandon arrives and complements Negan on his brutal walker killings, comparing him to his old self. Later, Amelia shares her story with Negan and Brandon. She then takes her son Milo for a walk as Brandon suggests they rob them. Negan stops him and orders him to go back to Alexandria. Brandon says he can't go back, so Negan tells him to go wherever the hell he wants, as long as he doesn't see his creepy face again. "You're just like all the others," Brandon says before leaving.

Negan then heads outside to talk with Milo who is playing with a toy airplane. He realizes Milo has never been on a plane and explains the joys of it. He also teaches him the joys of nut-tapping and promises to take him and his mom to Hilltop where they will be safe. A while later, Negan returns with wood for a fire when he hears Brandon whistling. He investigates and discovers Brandon has killed Amelia and Milo. Brandon smiles and asks if he passed the test, believing that's what Negan wanted him to do. Enraged, Negan picks up a stone and angrily beats Brandon to death. He then grabs his bat and leather jacket and leaves on his own.

That night, Negan is trotting around the woods and arrives at one of the borders. He yells to get the Whisperers' attention and starts to get surrounded by a group of walkers. As he starts smashing their heads, he is suddenly thrown to the ground by Beta. "Alright, you big ass freak, let's do this," Negan says defiantly to Beta as he smiles.


Negan is escorted blindfolded through the woods by Beta and the Whisperers after being captured. He jokes about their lifestyle and says he wants to join them. Beta puts his knives to Negan's throat and demands that he is too loud. Negan apologizes and introduces himself, before explaining he has been a prisoner of Alexandria for eight years and is willing to reveal their secrets. Beta relents and gags Negan as they continue their walk.

Upon arriving back at the camp, Negan sits by himself and watches as Beta argues with Alpha and then kneels in submission to ask for her forgiveness. He smiles at their interaction and then is taken by Beta to another part of the woods. While walking, Negan mocks Beta's relationship with Alpha and jokes that he is attracted by her baldness.

Later that day, Negan is forced by Beta to do a series of tasks, like digging graves, skinning walkers, and help hunt a boar to prove his worthiness. That night, Beta tells Negan that he has not earned the right to eat with them and throws him to the ground. Negan collects himself and sits with another Whisperer who shares some food with him.

A while later, Negan is taken by Beta to walk among one of their herds in the woods as his final task. When Negan starts making jokes again, Beta tells him he'll never be one of them because he's too loud and egotistical. "I'm not here for you, I'm here for Alpha," Negan says. Beta kills a Whisperer in response and walks away, leaving Negan to fend for himself with a pocket knife. He manages to escape the herd and heads into the woods back to the camp.

The next morning, a blood-covered Negan arrives at the camp demanding a skinsuit for himself with an extra measure because of his humongous balls. He kneels and introduces himself to Alpha. "I'm all in, whatever you want, whatever I got, it's yours", Negan tells her. Alpha leans down to sniff him and shushes him to signal she accepts him.


While having dinner in the camp with the Whisperers, Negan silently observes Gamma's nervous behavior. He then listens from afar as Alpha talks with Beta and Gamma about a possible spy in the camp, and deduces it might be Gamma since she is close to Alpha. The next day, Negan encounters Alpha at the camp's latrine and tells her his theory that Gamma is the traitor due to his past experiences. Alpha holds a knife to his crotch and tells him not to sow paranoia in the camp, warning if he's wrong she'll cut his balls off. She then tosses him into her bathroom ditch and leaves.

Sometime later that day, Negan is taken by Alpha deep in the forest. When they stop, she orders him to undress. Negan, thinking Alpha's about to kill him, admits the power he had over the Saviors turned him into a monster. Surprisingly, he turns around to find Alpha fully naked. She says he deserves a crass reward for detecting the spy. Negan's amused because she will keep her mask on and wonders if she'll decapitate him like a female praying mantis afterwards, but she doesn't answer him and smirks. He says he'll take his chances and the two kiss.

"Morning Star"

In the woods, Alpha hands Negan a branch and orders him to whip her arm, before she does the same to him. Later, the Whisperers march with their horde. Beta chants "We are the end of the world", and the other Whisperers follow. Alpha continues the chant by saying "We take them all", as Negan marches beside her, now equipped with his very own Whisperer mask.

Out in the woods, Negan approaches Alpha and proposes that she gets Alexandria and Hilltop to surrender instead of destroying them, thus adding their populations to the Whisperers' ranks. Alpha asks him to elaborate. When Daryl and the group attempts to get the kids out, they don't make it far before they hit a roadblock. Daryl identifies this as one of Negan's tactics and concludes that all the other roads will be blocked, too, making a retreat impossible.

When the Whisperers attack Hilltop, Beta commands them to launch the sap they collected earlier using makeshift catapults into the front lines, drenching most of the defenders as well as the Hilltop's walls. This is followed by the Whisperers launching fire-arrows into the front lines, setting one unfortunate Hilltoper ablaze. Behind the Whisperer lines, Negan is puzzled, since he thought Alpha wanted the survivors to join them. Alpha assures Negan that they will, as part of her horde, much to his bemusement.

"Walk With Us"

In the aftermath of the Hilltop's fall, Negan uses his new Baseball Bat to kill a mortally wounded Hilltop resident. Alpha reprimands Negan as he was supposed to stab the survivors in the heart so that they can reanimate and join the Whisperers' herd to which Negan claims that he simply forgot. However, while Negan congratulates Alpha on her victory, she is still not pleased as she doesn't have Lydia who Beta reports is not amongst the dead. To Negan's annoyance, Beta instructs him to gather more walkers for the horde.

In the woods nearby, Negan starts herding a lone walker before quickly losing his patience and smashing its head in. Negan spots an injured Lydia nearby and goes to follow her, but encounters Aaron and an unconscious Luke. Aaron is furious at Negan's betrayal and prepares to kill him. Taking a non-threatening stance, Negan attempts to convince Aaron that he is not a threat to him, but the enraged Aaron refuses to hear Negan out. With walkers approaching, Aaron is forced to turn his attention to fighting them off while Negan is able to slip away, using his walker mask to blend in. Following Lydia, an unmasked Negan approaches her, initially to Lydia's relief before she realizes that her friend is helping her mother. Negan quickly overpowers Lydia, disarming her of her staff and taking Lydia captive.

Negan returns to Alpha and reveals to her that he has captured Lydia. Negan leads Alpha to the shed containing Lydia and attempts to talk Alpha out of killing her daughter so that Lydia will always be with Alpha as a walker. Negan tells Alpha about his wife Lucille and how he lost Lucille to pancreatic cancer. Negan admits that he stopped feeling when he lost Lucille, but he recognizes that Alpha is only pretending to be have stopped and still loves Lydia. Alpha refuses to be dissuaded, recognizing that Negan wishes he could've died with his wife. Negan accepts Alpha's refusal to be stopped and follows her to the shed. However, Lydia is not in the shed as Negan had actually hidden her elsewhere. As a confused Alpha turns to face Negan, he slits Alpha's throat and catches her falling body. Giving Alpha a final kiss, Negan lowers her to the ground and watches as Alpha quickly bleeds to death.

Shortly afterwards, Negan delivers Alpha's severed zombified head to Carol. Carol comments that it took Negan long enough, revealing that Negan and Carol had been working together the entire time to take down Alpha.

"What We Become"

Negan appears in Michonne's nightmare where she is approached by Negan and the Saviors. Michonne takes a swing at Negan with her sword, but he dodges and knocks her down with Lucille. Despite Michonne's aggression, Negan takes a liking to her and offers her a chance to join his group, which she accepts. Later, during the infamous lineup, Negan begins his "eenie-meenie-miney-mo" chant to pick which of the survivors will be executed, but then decides to hand the bat over to his "right-hand-gal" Michonne, allowing her to chose instead.

"Look at the Flowers"

In a flashback, Negan sits in his cell awaiting his sentence, having previously killed Margo, when Carol comes down to visit him. Surprised, Negan says that he thought Gabriel would be the one to give him his last rites. Carol asks if Negan wants forgiveness, but the latter denies this, and jokes about wanting a T-bone stake, some beer, and Rocky Road ice-cream. Carol then offers a way for Negan to keep his life. Intrigued, Negan says that he wasn't aware Carol had a say on the Council, but the latter claims to be acting on her own. Negan, however, replies that he gathered that much, but doesn't understand why Carol would be talking to him instead of finding a way to kill Alpha, but Carol reveals that she is doing just that by talking to Negan. Impressed, Negan points out that Carol already missed her shot, and asks what happens if he fails as well, noting that it would endanger the life for every man, woman, and child in Alexandria, which he doesn't approve of, to which Carol simply replies that killing Alpha would help every man, woman, and child in Alexandria. Negan then asks what's in it for him, to which Carol notes that Negan has been politely receiving his punishment hoping the Alexandrians would one day forget what he did, but she claims that they won't, unless Negan does something to make them forget. If he kills Alpha, Carol vows to make sure the people remember him for that act instead of his crimes. Clearly interested, Negan asks for Carol's word, which she gives, provided Negan completes his mission quickly.

In present day, Carol places Alpha's reanimated head on one of the pikes marking the Whisperer border. Negan asks if this is what she wanted, to which Carol nods in approval. Negan then invites Carol to go back to Alexandria so she can tell everyone of what he did, but the latter angrily asks why it took him so long to kill Alpha. Offended at the question, Negan says that he wanted to escape with his head still attached, and points out that "shit like that takes time". Carol reminds him that their deal stipulated Negan had to kill Alpha quickly, but Negan still claims he held up his end of the deal, and now requires Carol to hold up hers. Carol then says that she is not going back to Alexandria yet. Frustrated, Negan points out that he will be killed on the spot if he goes back to Alexandria on his own, but Carol just suggests that he wait. When Negan asks how long, Carol tells him he is a free man now, and he can make his own choices. She says that she needs to be alone, and "shit like that takes time". She proceeds to walk away.

Negan goes to the cabin where he imprisoned Lydia earlier so he could free her. Upon entering, however, he finds her missing and is greeted with a punch to the face from Daryl, who holds Negan at crossbowpoint. Daryl interrogates Negan about Alpha's location, but when the latter reveals that he killed Alpha, Daryl doesn't believe him. As proof, Negan presents Alpha's mask, but Daryl isn't convinced. Negan claims that the only reason he joined the Whisperers was so he could kill Alpha, and rhetorically asks Daryl why he thinks his "girlfriend" let Negan out of his cell.

Daryl escorts a tied up Negan through the woods. Negan says that he understands that Daryl is upset because Carol didn't let him in on the plan. Daryl, however, suggests that he might be angry because of Hilltop, as he claims Negan's actions almost cost the lives of a number of children. Before Negan can reply, Daryl tells him to keep walking. Negan and Daryl have finally arrived to the pike border, only to find Alpha's head missing. Negan suggests they wait for Carol, but Daryl points his crossbow at Negan, ready to execute him. Negan claims that he would never hurt Lydia, and the only reason he kidnapped her in the first place was to keep her safe and lure Alpha away so he could kill her. When Daryl sarcastically says Negan took his "sweet-ass time", the latter is annoyed, and explains that it took so long because he needed to earn Alpha's trust, because he wasn't on "some half-cocked suicide mission", but Daryl retorts that it was because Negan liked it. Before anything can happen, the pair are confronted by three Whisperers, one of which holds Daryl at gunpoint with Alpha's shotgun.

As Daryl surrenders, the shotgun-wielding Whisperer notes that Alpha is dead because of Negan, so he and the other Whisperers pledge allegiance to him as the "new Alpha", much to Negan's amusement. Negan apologizes to Daryl, clarifying that he is just savoring the moment and taking his "sweet-ass time". Before they continue, Negan addresses the other Whisperers and asks why one of them, who is not the Alpha, is holding a shotgun instead of Negan, to which the said Whisperer quickly hands Negan the weapon. Negan jokes about the shotgun being like a baby that can kill people by spitting bullets at them, before ordering Daryl to kneel before the "Alpha". When Daryl complies, Negan admits that Daryl was right, as he did "like it" and, in fact, likes it a lot. As Negan holds Daryl at gunpoint, the latter coldly says that Negan should probably shoot him. Negan jokingly tells Daryl not to threaten him with a good time, before turning the gun on the Whisperer that handed it to him in the first place. Negan shoots the Whisperer in the head, and kills the other two as well. Witnessing this, Daryl simply tells Negan to untie him, while dubbing the latter an "asshole".

As Negan and Daryl wait for Carol to return, Negan says that he doesn't believe Carol is coming back. Negan goes on to say that, when he claimed he "liked it", he wasn't lying, but Daryl says that he knows. Negan explains that he lost everything after he was imprisoned, and his incarceration had been hard on him, so he admits that, when Alpha took him in, it was nice to feel like he was respected and mattered again. Negan, however, claims that Alpha took it too far, since "you don't kill people that don't deserve it and you never kill kids". Daryl sarcastically asks if that is supposed to make him like Negan, but the latter denies this, although he jokingly asks if his winning personality will be enough. Fed up with waiting, Daryl finally decides to head back for Alexandria with Negan.

"The Tower"

While taking refuge in an abandoned hospital after leaving Alexandria due to the threat of Beta's herd, Negan approaches Lydia, who is petting Dog and offers her something to eat. Lydia, however, claims she isn't hungry. Negan asks if she is avoiding him, and Lydia bluntly confirms. Negan is taken aback by her honesty, to which Lydia bitterly asks if he wants her to lie to make him feel better. Negan denies this, and goes on to state that he liked her mother despite her inexcusable crimes, wishing that he didn't have to kill her. Still, he encourages Lydia to say whatever she has to say to him. Lydia coldly replies that most of them wish that Negan had died as well, before taking her leave.

Later, Lydia angrily approaches Negan and declares that he can't tell her what to do. Negan calmly acknowledges this, and invites Lydia to hit him, as it will make her feel better. Lydia claims that she feels fine, but Negan is adamant that she has to mourn her mother, or it will continue to eat her up on the inside. Despite everything, Negan claims, Alpha was still her mother, and if she doesn't let it all out, she will drift further away from the other survivors, which Negan is certain Lydia don't wants. Lydia rhetorically asks what Negan knows about what she wants, and calls him a selfish asshole, believing he only killed Alpha so that people believe that he's a hero, but the people will never see him as such, since he only cares about himself. Lydia believes that him trying to get her to open up is also for selfish reasons, and wonders how he could have ever liked her mother. She is adamant that she hated her mother, or wants to hate her in any case, and yells at Negan for saying she can't even do that. Despite this, Negan tells her it's okay, prompting Lydia to break down in anger and tears as Negan embraces her.

"A Certain Doom"

Negan refuses to join Daryl in his plan to lead the horde away despite having the most experience of anyone. Negan justifies his choice as being because he is on the top of the kill list for every Whisperer, especially Beta and he is the last person they want with them as it risks drawing too much attention. Daryl calls Negan's explanation bullshit, stating "if you wanna be a part of this, you gotta put your ass on the line, just like everybody else." Frustrated, Daryl walks away.

Later, as the Whisperers begin to get into the hospital and Gabriel organizes the evacuation, Negan approaches Lydia. Negan suggests that they both know that the situation will end badly, but Lydia insists that they don't know that. Negan feels that no matter what they do, neither he or Lydia will ever be trusted and their presence won't change anything and Lydia can easily make her escape. Lydia points out that Negan can do the same thing and he reminds Lydia that as she said, he's no hero. Lydia suggests that Negan could be if he wanted to. "Well, I guess that's what I'm doing now," says Negan, providing Lydia with Alpha's walker mask before making his way down an elevator shaft.

That night, Beta notices Lydia starting to steer the Whisperers' horde away and goes after her only to confronted by Negan in his walker mask. Enraged, Beta charges Negan and shoves a walker into the former Savior leader, knocking him to the ground. Negan kills the walker, but is slammed back into the ground by Beta who raises his knife to kill Negan in revenge for Alpha's death. With Beta distracted by Negan, Daryl runs up and slashes him before stabbing Beta through both eyes. Removing his knives, Daryl helps Negan to his feet and the two men watch as Beta is devoured by his own horde. In the process, Beta's mask is ripped off, finally revealing his face. "Holy shit. Do you know who that asshole was?" asks a shocked Negan. "Yeah. Nobody," responds Daryl and he leads Negan away.

The next morning, Carol and Lydia return to the survivors' camp to report their success in destroying the herd. Finding Negan amongst the group, Lydia asks if he's staying with them and he states that he is "for now" before the two share a hug.

"Home Sweet Home"

Negan is seen helping the other survivors pull the cart away as a free man. Suddenly, he runs into Maggie, and awkwardly greets her, but assures her that he didn't escape. After staring at him for a bit, Maggie walks away without saying a word. Later, Negan is shown where he watches Maggie and Hershel enter Alexandria from a distance.

"Here's Negan"

Negan works on rebuilding in Alexandria while Maggie, walking with Hershel, glares at him from across the street.

Negan later accompanies Carol hunting and thanks her for getting him out of Alexandria for awhile due to how tense things currently are with Maggie. Although he doesn't mind being "lay low Negan" for a bit, Negan asks if Carol can help him smooth things over with Maggie, stating that given his and Carol's recent history, Negan feels that she at least owes him that much. Carol leads Negan to Leah's Cabin where he finds his belongings inside. Carol explains that Daryl helped her to move Negan in and that the council has voted to banish him and that what Negan wants isn't going to happen and that it's not possible. Carol feels that given their less recent history, its better than Negan deserves. Although disappointed, Negan accepts this and asks if he was really banished by the council or if Carol acted on her own again. With a smile, Carol tells Negan that the rabbit they caught is for him and leaves without answering Negan's question.

That night, Negan sits drinking heavily by the fire when he hallucinates a younger version of himself sitting in a chair holding Lucille. The younger Negan taunts him about how Negan believed that the people in Alexandria would ever see him differently than who he truly is, the younger version of himself that had been the brutal leader of the Saviors. Negan calls his younger self a clown and "a cult of personality with no cult." The younger Negan reminds his older self that he had gotten a lot further as Negan, leader of the Saviors than he's gotten just by being kind. "It's time to face the facts old man: you are nothing without her." , gesturing to Lucille. Enraged Negan tosses his glass at the chair, shattering the glass and causing the hallucination to disappear.

The next day, carrying a shovel, Negan returns to the tree where he had fought Rick Grimes and remembers Rick slitting his throat and Michonne telling him that they don't have Lucille and that the bat is "still out there." Negan begins digging holes around the tree while a walker slowly approaches him from across the field. After digging numerous holes, Negan finally hits something and, with a smile, recovers Lucille from where she has been buried for years.

Twelve years earlier, a terrified Negan is tied to a chair in a bar. Negan begs his captors to let him go as his wife has cancer and she needs the chemotherapy drugs in his cooler. Negan insists that keeping him there is killing both Negan and Lucille. Craven claims to be sympathetic to Negan's plight, but the bikers didn't find the doctors where Negan had claimed they had given him the drugs. Negan insists that the doctors move around and it isn't his fault, but Craven doesn't believe him. Craven is sure that if the doctors had something as rare as chemotherapy drugs, they must have a lot of other stuff as well. Negan finds a loose screw in his chair as Craven talks to him and begins unscrewing it, unnoticed by Craven. Craven promises that if Negan helps them find the doctors, he will allow Negan to take the drugs to Lucille but if he doesn't, he will pour it down the toilet and make Negan watch. Craven punches Negan in the face and he agrees to tell Craven what he wants to know if he puts the drugs back into the cooler. Craven has one of his men return the drugs to the cooler and Negan starts to explain how the clinic is true and the doctors have a medical stockpile somewhere he doesn't know the location of. Negan was tracking them for weeks and found them two or three days before.

Two or three days before, Negan, armed with a pistol, makes his way to a small campsite with RVs and two armed guards. Negan emerges and demands that the men drop their guns while Franklin tries to calm him down. Disorientated, Negan notices that the two guards are both dummies just before Laura knocks him out with a baseball bat.

Attached to an IV bag, Negan awakens in the clinic, handcuffed to the chair. Negan and Franklin introduce themselves and after checking that they won't have any problems, Franklin releases Negan. Handing him a bowl of food, Franklin comments that Negan has exposure, exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition and asks why Negan is in that state and trying to rob a bunch of doctors with an empty gun. Negan explains that his wife has cancer and was in the middle of her treatments when the world ended and Negan has been trying to keep it going since then. Franklin asks if Negan's a doctor, but Negan clarifies that he's a high school gym teacher and that, having been given a calendar of what had to be done and when, he had to find the drugs and figure out how to do infusions. Franklin is shocked that Negan was able to teach himself how to give someone chemotherapy, but Negan states that the pumps aren't that complicated unless something goes wrong which has happened.

Six weeks earlier, as a walker growls outside of his house, Negan removes a chemotherapy treatment from his fridge and sets it up for Lucille who is trying to determine which James Bond movie she wants to watch. Negan refuses as it will make too much noise, but Lucille states that they will have to kill the walker. Negan wants to just turn the generator off a bit which will cause the walker to lose interest as he sees no point in killing the walkers. Negan moves the remaining chemo drugs into the freezer and sets up a thermometer to keep track of the temperature before going outside and shutting off the generator. Negan reads to Lucille, but finds the book boring. As the walker breaks through their gate, Lucille tells Negan that he has to take care of it and, wearing goggles and wielding a hammer and a butcher knife, Negan tries to kill the walker but fails even when he stabs it in the eye, much to Negan's frustration. Negan is saved by Lucille who shoots the walker through the head and notes that she just used their last bullet. Lucille brushes off her husband's concerns and orders him to turn the generator back on so that she can watch a movie.

Walking down a road, Negan scavenges for gas and attempts to siphon from the tank of an abandoned car without any success. Searching the car's glove box, Negan finds a small pouch containing the car owner's weed stash. Negan brings the drugs back to Lucille to help with her nausea, but she knows that he has to go further and further every time which he confirms as their generator needs gas and the local area has been picked over. However, Negan thinks that that is what's keeping them safe: there's nothing that anyone wants. Lucille insists that her husband can't keep it up and they need to leave and find other people. However, Negan wants to finish his wife's last three treatments and get her strength back up before they leave on his motorcycle to wherever Lucille can dream of. Cuddling, Negan sings "You Are So Beautiful " to Lucille while, in a montage, the two enjoy happier times, Negan trying on his wife's wigs, playing darts and giving Lucille her treatments.

As Lucille opens a can of dog food, Negan is dismayed to hear yet another walker outside and Lucille insists that it's not like killing a person or even an animal and Negan can't keep letting it bother him. Negan states that it doesn't bother him, he is just worried that he will get used to it which Lucille accepts and has him turn the generator off. Negan and Lucille enjoy their dinner and Lucille hands him a bag containing an anniversary gift even though she doesn't know what day it is. To his surprise and pleasure, Negan pulls out his signature leather jacket which Lucille admits to having kept in the crawlspace, angry that she couldn't return it to the store. Negan is ecstatic and Lucille apologizes for making such a big deal out of the credit card bill for the jacket, stating that she wouldn't have made such a big deal out of it if she'd known that the world was going to end. Negan insists that he doesn't deserve anything from her and it should be him apologizing to his wife, not the other way around. "The man that I was... the pain that I put you through.... You know, uh, you know I lay awake at night... just wondering how I got so lucky that you stuck with me." Sitting in her husband's lap, Lucille tells him that she stuck with him because she could always see the man he is right now "even when you weren't" and that "that asshole really had it coming." Lucille convinces her husband to smoke the pot with her.

The next morning, the ice in the freezer has melted as the two forgot to turn back on the generator and Negan discovers that the remaining chemotherapy drugs have been ruined. Making a plan, Negan reminds Lucille about a family that had come through the area awhile back looking for doctors traveling around in a mobile clinic and is confident that he can find the doctors and get more drugs from them for Lucille. Lucille is unconvinced, reminding Negan that they might not exist and even if he can find them, he has nothing to barter with. Lucille orders him to stop and admits that she has something to tell Negan.

Sometime earlier, Negan plays Gears of War 2 in the basement and trash talks the teenagers that he is playing with, much to Lucille's anger and frustration. Lucille confronts her husband about spending six hundred dollars buying his leather jacket, but he insists that he has two leads on a new job and is just celebrating a little early. Lucille demands to know more, reminding Negan that he can't be a gym teacher anymore with a misdemeanor assault on his record and he refuses to go back to school. When Negan can't respond, she recognizes that he's lying and states that she's returning the leather jacket. Negan yells that he threw out the receipt before returning to his video game. At dinner, Lucille reminds her husband that she has an MRI the next day at 2:15 and needs him to drive her home, but Negan claims that he has a meeting with his probation officer at that time and is convinced that everything will be fine anyways.

The next day, Lucille's MRI reveals that she has cancer and she is unable to reach either Negan or her best friend Janine. Lucille calls Negan's probation officer, only to discover that Negan isn't supposed to see him for two more weeks. Checking her call log and seeing that both Negan and Janine are out of touch at the same time, Lucille realizes that her husband is having an affair with her best friend. When Negan returns home, Lucille is waiting for him with their gun in one hand and cancer brochures in the other. Negan instantly realizes that something is wrong and Lucille reveals her cancer diagnosis to him, forgoing using the gun.

Lucille reveals that she knew about the affair the whole time and an emotional Negan promises that he had ended the affair as soon as she was diagnosed and never saw or even talked to Janine again. Lucille knows that too and Negan asks why his wife is telling him this now. Lucille tells Negan that he made up for it and he can stop and if Negan really wants to help her, he can just stay with her. Negan refuses to give up hope and insists that the chemo can work if they can finish it, but Lucille knows that they went down swinging and that its time for Negan to go on without her and "do my fighting for me." Lucille begs Negan to stay, but he refuses to give up and wants to see it through. Negan promises to find the doctors and bring back the drugs that she needs and beat the cancer.

With Franklin, Negan explains that that was about six weeks ago and Negan had figured that he would scavenge along the way, but it was worse out there than he'd thought and he ran into some problems with the dead and here he is. Franklin reveals that he found Negan's note and he sent Laura out to the warehouse to see if they have what he needs. Laura enters, having found the drugs that Negan needs. Franklin tells Negan that they have a lot and just want to help. Walking with Franklin and Laura outside, Negan expresses surprise at the kindness that they have shown him without expecting anything in return. Franklin returns Negan's gun while Laura warns him that a gang owns the roads at night and asks if the empty gun is his only weapon. After Negan confirms it, Laura gives him her baseball bat which he is pleased with, commenting that the bat packs a wallop.

Craven interrupts Negan's story as he continues to loosen the screw, frustrated with being given "one pointless story after another." Craven complains that Negan talks too much and, drawing his gun, demands that Negan tell him where he got the drugs or he will kill Negan and Lucille will die thinking that Negan ran out on her. Negan gives in and asks Craven to bring him his map. Negan marks Franklin's location on the map and explains that security is light and that they are dealing with a guy and his daughter, the guys on top of the RV are decoys and while there could be a couple of others, they have no guns. Craven has Negan locked in the storage room while he checks it out. In the morning, Craven releases Negan, having found Franklin and Laura exactly where Negan told him they would be. Negan leaves on his motorcycle, briefly hesitating after hearing Laura struggling with the bikers in the RV now parked outside of the bar.

Returning to his house, Negan finds a message on the basement door reading "please don't leave me like this" and is heartbroken to find a reanimated Lucille who had tied herself to the bed before committing suicide by ingesting a drug overdose and suffocating herself with a plastic bag, Raising his bat, Negan is unable to bring himself to put Lucille down and instead rips off the bag, crying as his wife growls at him. Depressed, Negan sits at Lucille's bedside, drinking and that night goes out to his fence where he removes some barbed wire and wraps it around the baseball bat, creating his signature weapon. Pouring gasoline on the basement floor, Negan dons his leather jacket and, looking at his zombified wife, sets his house on fire. As Lucille and his house are engulfed in flames, Negan smashes his way out of the front door with his baseball bat and destroys his mailbox as he drives off on his motorcycle.

Negan returns to the bar where Craven and his men are torturing Franklin for the location of his drug stash. Negan kills one of the bikers with Lucille and, after staring at the bat in shock for a moment, searches the body and finds a gun. As another biker comes around the corner and finds him, Negan shoots and kills the man. Negan engages in a gunfight with the bikers, killing them all single-handedly before smashing in the glass door of the bar. As Craven shoots at Negan, Franklin breaks free and smashes his chair over the man's back and Negan enters and subdues Craven with a blow to the face from Lucille. As Franklin binds Craven, Negan tells him that he thinks he got all of the bikers. Giving Franklin his gun, Negan tells him to go find Laura and make sure that she's ok.

Left alone with Craven, Negan remarks on the irony of their situation being reversed and states that he has a lot of stuff to get off of his chest this time too and "something very terrible is going to happen to you" when Negan stops talking this time. Negan states that he's never killed a man before that night, but he came close once. Negan explains how one night at his and Lucille's favorite bar, they were playing their favorite song "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Crocker when a man was being completely obnoxious while the song was playing. When the man refused to stop, Negan demanded 50 cents to play the song again for his wife and when the man refused and came at him, Negan saw red and beat the man badly before taking a dollar from his wallet to play the song again twice. However, the man had kids at the school where Negan worked which got him fired. The guy then sued Negan, forcing Lucille to pay his medical bills since Negan didn't have a job anymore. "The point of this is there are consequences to me seeing red. Seeing red was a bad thing then. I was a bad man. Then. But seeing red now? Nobody's suing anybody. Nobody's getting fired. Hell, nobody's keeping score. Now, when I see red, it's just a question of what I am capable of. And well, man, I hate to break it to ya, but I am starting think I am capable of damn near anything." Stating that this is for not killing him, Negan bashes Craven's head in with Lucille.

In the present, Negan continues to study Lucille while the walker approaches him. Negan puts the walker down with two blows to the head from Lucille, but the blows break off part of the bat's end and crack it down the middle. Heartbroken, Negan falls to his knees in tears. That night, Negan sits in front of the fire in the cabin and says goodbye to his wife, apologizing for everything, particularly all of the pain that he put his wife through and naming "a stupid baseball bat" after her. Once he's finished, Negan wraps the barbed wire in a towel and burns Lucille in the fire, destroying the bat.

The next day, Negan returns to Alexandria where Carol, Maggie and Daryl are shocked to see him again. Carol promises that if they find any food at an old Army base that Daryl found she will bring some by his cabin, but Negan intends to move back into Alexandria permanently and wants Carol's help requisitioning a cart to bring back his stuff. Carol promises to get Gabriel to approve it, but warns Negan that if he stays, Maggie will kill him and Carol didn't want his death on his conscience and now it's not. Negan acknowledges that its "fair enough" and smirks at a glaring Maggie as he walks back into Alexandria.

Season 11

"Acheron: Part I"

Negan joins Maggie's group on a mission through Washington, D.C., en route to Meridian. Caught in a thunderstorm, they decide to take shelter in a subway station. Maggie's team descends underground. Daryl suggests they travel via the subway tunnels. Negan vehemently disagrees, but Maggie orders him to tell them the quickest subway route to Meridian, since he's the most familiar with D.C. They jump onto the tracks.

The group walks down a subway tunnel. They hear pipes groaning from the storm winds. Negan points to a watermark on the wall, indicating that the tunnels regularly flood. He suggests they turn around, but Daryl shoots down his idea. In the subway tunnel, Negan and the group encounters a pile of dead bodies, each wrapped in plastic. Daryl removes the plastic from one body and kills the walker when it snaps at him. They observe the walker made no noise because its throat had been slashed. Maggie instructs the group to kill all the walkers so that they can proceed.

Maggie's group stabs each walker dead. A huge walker silently attacks Gage. Negan kills the walker and refuses to go further, calling Maggie's plan a death march. Gage and Roy agree with Negan, but Daryl disagrees saying they are not spitting up. Maggie insists Negan needs to stay with them to guide them through D.C. Negan guesses that Maggie just brought him along to send him to his death and brings up Glenn, which leads to Daryl punching him in the face. Maggie points a gun at Negan and admits that she constantly thinks about killing Negan, and isn't sure how long her self-restraint will last, and warns him not to push her any further.

Negan and the group realizes that Gage and Roy secretly fled and took all of their supplies. A herd of walkers appears further down the tunnel. They start killing the walkers and look for an escape route. Daryl runs after Dog as the rest of the group climbs a ladder to safety. Maggie is the last one to ascend the ladder. A walker grabs her leg. She cries out to Negan for help, but he abandons her.

"Acheron: Part II"

After leaving Maggie to die, Negan catches up to the group at the train car. The group inquires about Maggie's whereabouts, to which Negan claims she was right behind him. Alden wishes to go back up and get her, but Frost dissuades him from this, as he considers it suicidal. Although clearly upset, Gabriel decides to continue the mission. Negan and the rest of the group finally manage to pry the door open and move forward to the next car. Suddenly, they hear banging beneath them, specifically signaling SOS in Morse code. When they open the trap door, Maggie climbs into the subway car, revealed to have survived. Furious, she pistol-whips Negan for abandoning her, and explains to the others what had happened. Negan readily admits his culpability.

Alden accuses Negan of trying to kill Maggie, but the latter corrects him, explaining that he simply opted not to save her when she was in trouble. The other Wardens threaten Negan, but he remains unrepentant, noting that Maggie openly admitted to wanting him dead. With that in mind, he doesn't see why he should have risked his life for her. He goes on to point out he has been a great asset to the group. Alden reminds him that he burned Hilltop to the ground, but Negan retorts that he also killed Alpha and that, if he hadn't, every person they know would be dead. Agatha offers to kill Negan, assuring Maggie that they can get through the city without him. Before anything can happen, they hear someone yelling for help from the back of the train car.

They find Gage trapped in the last car, unable to open the door. He explains that he and Roy got lost in the tunnels. Gage, however, neglected to close the door behind him when he entered the car, allowing walkers to pour in. Negan asks for help to pry the door open and let Gage in, but Maggie opposes this, as this would also allow walkers to get inside their car as well. In spite of this, Alden tries to help Negan open the door, but is prevented from doing so by Duncan. Gage pleads with Maggie to save him, apologizing for his mistake and promising to do better. When Alden rushes the door, Cole, Frost and Duncan hold him back and Gabriel orders Alden to let it go. Maggie apologizes to Gage for being unable to help him, but he angrily calls her a liar. Drawing two knives as the herd is about to overtake him and glaring straight at Maggie, Gage stabs himself twice in the heart, putting himself into shock, much to the horror of Negan and the others.

As Frost and Duncan try to open the door to the front car, Negan nervously paces. When Gabriel asks what's wrong, Negan simply replies "bad memories," but doesn't elaborate further. Alden notices the group is avoiding looking at Gage, and wonders why. Gabriel coldly states that the zombified Gage is merely a shell of a man who died a coward. Alden protests that, while Gage might have been scared, he didn't deserve to die in the worst way imaginable. Maggie, however, cryptically points out there are worse ways. She recounts how, before she joined the Wardens, she spent a lot of time alone with Hershel. Negan finishes, it means they were lucky, and that nobody had, has, or will have it figured out.

Frost and Duncan finally manage to pry open the door, but find the next one blocked. The door holding back the walkers, meanwhile, begins to give way. Duncan desperately tries to smash the door of the front car down, while the rest of the group gets ready to fight the walkers. The door to the rear car finally breaks under the horde's mass, and walkers begin to descend on the survivors. Out of necessity, Maggie hands Negan her pistol, which he uses to fend off zombies from the front car. Out of ammo, the survivors must resort to melee weapons. Luckily, Daryl reaches the blocked door in time and is able to open it. Once everyone's inside, he shoves a grenade into a walkers mouth and pushes it into the horde, before slamming the door shut and taking cover. In the ensuing explosion, the remaining walkers are killed.

After retrieving Roy, Maggie's group finally makes it to the surface. Negan dutifully hands Maggie her gun back, while Daryl looks over the note he found. Agatha asks if they'll be heading out, but Maggie says they'll take a detour first to Arbor Hills, where there is a hidden supply depot set up by Georgie. She asks Negan if he knows where that is, and he confirms, offering to lead the way. Upon arriving to their location, the group is alarmed by the sight of bodies strung up all along the road they're on. Suddenly, the group is showered with arrows and throwing knives, killing Roy, and severely injuring Cole. As the group scrambles for cover, they see a group of Reapers advancing towards them.


As the Reapers unleash their attack, the group scatters into the woods. Negan, Alden and Gabriel are injured, while Cole is killed by one of the Reapers. In the shopping mall, Maggie stabs the Reaper in the neck with a broken bottle. Out of nowhere, Negan helps Maggie by finishing the Reaper off with his crowbar. Maggie throws a knife into the back of the remaining Reaper, but before they can kill him, the Reaper throws a flashbang, stunning both Negan and Maggie. In the brief moments it takes them to recover, they find the Reaper gone, along with the body of the Reaper they managed to kill.

Rushing to Alden's aid, Maggie finds that he has been gravely injured in the attack. Maggie tries to help Alden up, but Negan is flabbergasted that Maggie wants to keep going. He asks what the plan is, to which Maggie resolutely replies the plan doesn't change; they will reunite with the others and then retrieve the food. Negan retorts that the others might be dead, and lambasts Maggie's plan. Knowing quite a bit about theatrics, he observes that the Reapers demonstrated just how insane they are, and warns that they can't be on any road they might use. Maggie snaps back at Negan and invites him to come up with a better plan that doesn't result in them starving. Negan assures Maggie he is on her side, so Maggie asks him to help her carry Alden.

After taking a short break, Maggie determines they have 2 miles left to reach their destination. Continuing on, they hear a woman's screams while she's fighting walkers. Maggie and Alden hurry to help, much to Negan's chagrin. The woman turns out to be Agatha, defending a mortally wounded Duncan. After helping Agatha, Duncan dies of his wounds and Maggie mournfully stabs him in the head to prevent him from reanimating.

Afterwards, Maggie spies on a group of walkers, while Negan observes there are twice as many as before, and implores Maggie to revise her plan. Maggie tells Negan that he is free to leave if he wishes. Negan insists that he can help her, and that he has changed in the time she's been away. Maggie is unwilling to believe him and bitterly tells Negan to stop pretending he is one of them, even if he believes it himself. As the group continues on, they arrive to the sight of a walker tied to a steak and charred to the bone. The sign above labels the walker as a "Judas." Suddenly, the group is surrounded by walkers. They try to fight their way out, but Agatha is bitten in the process. To ensure the others escape, Agatha sacrifices herself to the walkers. Maggie tries to intervene, but is dragged off by Negan.

Walking down the road, Maggie spots a church and decides they will take a break there. Inside, Maggie can sense Negan wants to leave Alden behind, so shoots the idea right off the bat. Alden, however, implores her to do so, as he is slowing them down. Alden goes on to state that he walked away from Negan and the Saviors and joined Maggie because he trusts her to do the right thing, no matter how much it costs her. The supplies, Alden determines, are the only thing that matters, as without them their community starves, including Adam. Maggie says that Adam needs a father, but Alden retorts that he's not likely to make it out of Meridian alive being as injured as he is, and asks that she leave him like she left Gage.

Maggie replies that Gage made his choice, to which Alden states that he is making his. Alden goes on to state that, if the plan fails, everything she worked for will have been for nothing, and Adam's fate is less than certain. Negan interjects, pointing out that the sun is going down and that Maggie needs to make a decision. Snapping back, Maggie supposes being reckless with another's life is easy for Negan. She firmly tells him he doesn't get to decide who lives and who dies anymore. She goes on to blame the situation on him, claiming Negan destroyed everything they've built. Negan is unfazed by her berating and still insists Maggie has to decide. With a heavy heart, Maggie decides to leave Alden after all, albeit with food and a knife to defend himself. As they move on, Negan kills a walker with a crowbar in a similar fashion to how he struck Glenn during his murder of him, making Maggie disturbed.

"Out of the Ashes"

Negan and Maggie slay walkers in the woods as they make their way toward the supply depot. They spar over the merits of Maggie's plan. Negan and Maggie arrive at the supply depot and find it empty. Negan suggests they bring some of the food back to Alexandria, but Maggie says they need a lot more food to feed the community.

Negan insists they head back if no one shows up by sundown. Negan decides to leave the supply depot and bring some of the food back to Alexandria. Maggie says their mission isn't finished. They fight, but are interrupted by the arrival of Gabriel and Elijah. Gabriel suggests they wait for Daryl and Frost to regroup with them.

"On the Inside"

Negan, Maggie, Gabriel, and Elijah hide from the Reapers, who are searching for them and they listen from the basement. Daryl finds them and manages to distract Carver long enough for Negan's group to escape. Negan and the group quietly sneaks out of the basement and escapes.

"Promises Broken"

Negan, Maggie, Gabriel, and Elijah make their way towards Meridian. Maggie suggests Negan go back to Alexandria, after Negan expresses skepticism about their odds of defeating the Reapers. Negan realizes she can't afford to lose any fighters, so he strikes a deal to help Maggie if she agrees not to kill him. Gabriel delivers a eulogy as Maggie, Negan, and Elijah stand over the grave of Elijah's friend. Maggie sends Gabriel on a mission, and tells him to kill any Reapers if he finds alone. Maggie orders Negan to find four walkers.

Negan teaches the group how to blend in with the walkers with face masks and control herds, remembering his time as a Whisperer. Maggie wears a walker's face as a mask and moves slowly through the woods. Negan gives her pointers on how to move like a walker, then releases a walker that's tethered to a tree. The walker goes to Maggie, but quickly loses interest. Maggie trips on a rock, attracting the walker's attention. Elijah quickly ties it back up. Negan commends Maggie's progress. Maggie moves with a small group of walkers and successfully corrals them in a pen. Negan congratulates her. Maggie admits to Elijah that Negan is useful, but doesn't know if she can keep her promise.

Negan empathizes with Maggie over losing a community to a massacre. Negan discusses why he took action against Rick’s group. He felt a failure in protecting his people, who were wanting answers on why he couldn’t have protected them. Maggie asks if he would have done things differently. Negan says he would have killed every single person in her group if he knew it would have protected his people. Maggie recoils at his answer, but Negan says they must do whatever they can to protect their people. He adds that the only way their plan will work is if they're honest with each other.

Negan, Maggie and Elijah wear walker masks and lead a herd toward a building. They open the doors to the building and release a massive herd of walkers. The walkers join the other herd on the road. Negan, Maggie and Elijah lead the horde toward Meridian.

"For Blood"

Negan, Maggie and Gabriel lead a herd of walkers to Meridian while disguised among them in masks. Paul starts to lead the herd away from Meridian but is ambushed on several sides by walkers, and is stabbed by Negan and Maggie. Paul falls to the ground and is consumed, and Negan steals his radio so they can keep tabs on the Reapers' communication.

Negan and Elijah maintain the horde. An explosion sends shrapnel into their limbs. Negan and Elijah lead the horde toward the wall. Negan, Maggie and Daryl fight Reapers and walkers in the courtyard. Leah radios the Reapers with orders to pull back. After the courtyard is cleared of Reapers, she launches rockets at Maggie's group below.

"No Other Way"

Negan and Elijah manage to escape from the hwacha and meet up with Maggie who treats Elijah's injuries. Negan and Elijah later join Maggie in ambushing Brandon Carver who Elijah recognizes as the Reaper who had murdered his sister Josephine. Brandon's nonchalant attitude and lack of remorse infuriates Elijah who attacks Brandon, but proves to be no match for him. During the fight, Brandon kicks Elijah in his injured leg, sending him to the ground where he creates a distraction, allowing Negan to subdue Brandon. Elijah signals Maggie to kill Brandon for him, but she is stopped by Daryl who wants to trade Brandon to Leah for the supplies that they need.

Negan, Daryl, Maggie and Elijah meet with Leah and the remaining Reapers. Daryl offers to release Carver if the Reapers leave Meridian, but vows to kill them if they return. Leah rejects his offer and reveals that a sniper will gun them down if they don’t release Carver. Daryl reluctantly lets Carver go. Gabriel shoots Carver in the leg and informs Leah via walkie that he killed her sniper. Leah accepts Daryl’s terms and starts to leave with two Reapers. Maggie shoots them in the back and kills Carver. Leah flees. Negan joins Maggie as she buries Alden in the woods, and guesses she had always planned to kill the Reapers, despite Daryl’s attempt at negotiations. Worried she will do the same to him, he decides to exile himself and departs from the group.


A few months after leaving Maggie's group, Negan emerges from the woods with a comrade named Annie and encounters Jesse, who tells him about the Commonwealth and realizes Aaron and Gabriel are at the complex. Negan gives Jesse a map to Hilltop and asks him to tell Maggie that Gabriel and Aaron are in trouble. Jesse gets on his horse. Negan and Annie sneak into the building and overhear Carlson talking to Aaron. When Carlson runs outside, Annie kills Gabriel's guard as Negan cuts Gabriel's bonds. They flee. Carlson finds the dead guard.

Negan, Gabriel, and Annie hide in a room with others from the complex. When Gabriel asks to return the stolen weapons, Annie tells him she doesn't know anything about the weapons. Negan insists she's telling the truth. Gabriel tells them that Carlson won't let them leave alive without the weapons. Negan's group hears the screams of victims plummeting to their death. Carlson orders his troopers to kill anyone in the building who won't talk. Annie tells her group to stick together and reminds them that they know the building better than the troopers do.

"The Rotten Core"

While searching an apartment, Annie's group runs into Maggie's group, as they pull their weapons against each other, Negan appears and calms both groups down. Negan escorts the group into the hideout behind a false wall, where Gabriel and other residents are hiding. Annie proposes they split into teams and sweep each floor to rescue survivors. She leaves with Maggie, while Negan stays behind.

Negan reveals to Aaron's group that he's married to Annie. Gabriel insists they didn't know Carlson's ulterior motives when they came to the complex. Annie radios Negan and tells the group to mobilize. Negan sees something troubling outside the window. A trooper drags Hershel inside the complex after finding him hiding in a truck. Negan kills the trooper and rescues Hershel.

Negan takes Hershel to the hidden apartment where everyone else is hiding and radios Maggie about Hershel stowing away. Despite Maggie's concern for her son, Negan promises Maggie that Hershel is safe with him and that something will have to happen to Negan before he allows Hershel to be harmed. Maggie is concerned about leaving Hershel in the hands of the man who killed his father, but Annie, aware of what Negan had done, reassures Maggie that Negan is someone who will do whatever he can to protect her son.

Alone with Negan, Hershel tells Negan that his mother had told him to stay away from Negan and asks why Maggie doesn't like him. Negan states that it was because of something bad that had happened a long time ago and he was a bad man. Hershel pulls a gun on Negan, having realized that Negan is the bad man who had killed his dad. Sitting down, Negan admits that Hershel is right and that there's nothing that he can say or do to make up for Glenn's murder. While Negan doesn't blame Hershel for wanting revenge, if he shoots Negan, the gunshot will draw the Commonwealth soldiers to them and while Negan might deserve to die for his actions, the other people with them don't. After looking at the people gathered outside of the room, Hershel silently lowers the gun which is taken from him by Lydia. Hershel then runs out as Negan cries.

After the battle, Negan notices Hershel silently glaring at him. Recognizing that they have unfinished business, Negan tells the young boy to return to the Hilltop and help his mother rebuild. If Hershel still wants revenge in a few years, he tells him to come find him and they'll settle matters between them at that time. After Negan walks away, Maggie asks Hershel what Negan had said to him, but Hershel remains silent.

"Acts of God"

Maggie, Elijah, Marco and Hershel meet Lydia at a hideout which many Riverbend residents are hiding in, including Negan and Annie. Maggie asks Negan and Annie to look after Hershel until the fight with the Commonwealth is over. Negan states that Hershel doesn't trust him, to which Maggie states that she is starting to. Negan says to Maggie, "You have big balls Maggie Rhee. I got you, and I got your boy." After the fight is over, Annie and the other residents climb out of the bunker. Negan helps Hershel out of the bunker but Hershel angrily shoves him away.

Isle of the Dead

Main article: Negan Smith (Isle)

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Negan has killed:


Lucille Smith

"I am sorry that I left you. I was a coward. I couldn't face the pain of losing you, so I ran away. And then I made myself not feel anything because I didn't want to feel the shame. The problem is that... shame is the one thing that I still felt. Uh... I'm sorry that you went out like that. I should have been there. I am sorry that I named a stupid baseball bat after you. I'm sorry for all the pain that I put you through. I hope that you found someone in the afterlife and that you are screwing your brains out. Well... not really, but... fair is fair. I miss you. I loved the shit out of you. And I am gonna do your fighting for you."
—Negan saying goodbye to Lucille.[src]

Not much is known except Lucille was Negan's true wife prior to the apocalypse. However, In "The Big Scary U", Negan solemnly confesses his past transgressions to Gabriel on how he unfaithfully cheated and lied to his wife while she was sick and later being unable to put her down when she had died and reanimated during the onset of the outbreak, thus blaming himself for being weak from failing to do so. At some point after the outbreak, Negan names his baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire Lucille as a personal remembrance of his late wife showing that he still greatly remembers and loves her as well as often "conversing" to it, referring to her as if she is a person and still alive. In "Still Gotta Mean Something", Negan admits that the bat is the "last piece" of his former wife that he got left.

After being imprisoned by Rick, Negan is shown to miss his wife even more and even claims he would not want her to see him locked up, degraded, and weak. Negan even tries to get Maggie to kill him so he can no longer live in suffering and finally be reunited with his beloved wife in death. Years later, in "What It Always Is," Negan fondly reminisces about Lucille with Milo.

Negan reflects on his life before and during the outbreak when Lucille was still alive after recovering his bat. Her life and their relationship on the outset of the outbreak and months after is revealed through flashbacks. After his bat breaks, Negan finally says a proper goodbye to his wife and burns Lucille, making peace with his past and moving on.


"It all makes sense now. You told Rick when to attack. How to get to the outposts. You keep us locked in here, slipping them workers guns. Maybe you even lied to me about killing Sherry. Oh, hell. You, for sure, lied to me about that. So, what? Hmm? You think you're some sort of a hero? No. You are nothing. A nobody in way over your head."
—Negan after learning of Dwight's betrayal.[src]

Negan and Dwight have a poor relationship. As revealed by Negan in the episode "The Cell", Dwight and his wife fled from the Saviors and simultaneously stole insulin for Sherry's sister, Tina, who was diabetic, after the points price for the medicine became unmanageable for them. After Tina's death, Dwight and Sherry returned to Negan and pleaded for forgiveness. Negan decided to marry Sherry at her request on the condition Dwight lived; he was, however, still punished by being badly scorched on his left cheek with an iron. Since that incident, Dwight has been unfavorably loyal to Negan and worked his way up the Saviors' ranks, becoming one of Negan's top men. This is seen in "Last Day On Earth" when Dwight goes so far as to almost kill Glenn after Glenn desperately jumps towards Negan after he threatens to kill Maggie. Negan orders Dwight to get Glenn back in line, which he does without question. Hence, Negan puts intense trust in Dwight and occasionally jokes with him, much to Dwight's dismay (as most jokes are at Dwight's expense).

However it is revealed that Dwight deeply despises Negan for taking Sherry away from him and his overall cruelty towards others. After Sherry disappears, with no more reason to be loyal to Negan and the Saviors, Dwight offers his services to Rick and the Militia, claiming that he wants Negan dead, proving that he indeed hates him.

Throughout the war, Dwight is dedicated to bring Negan down and Negan viewing Dwight in high regard completely blinds him to the fact that Dwight is the Militia's spy. Eventually however, Dwight exposes himself to Laura and she in turn exposes him to Negan. Negan is visibly disgusted at Dwight's betrayal however he chooses to keep him alive in order for him to watch the Militia get destroyed as a result of him passing them false information and that he may one day be of use to him again.

After the Saviors are defeated as a result of Eugene and the Militia, Dwight furiously attempts to attack Negan though he is thrown off. Dwight is visibly pleased that Negan is defeated though it is unknown how he felt about him being kept alive and as a prisoner.


"You went for it all at the Hilltop. You got Saviors killed. And then you ran away like a coward! You got shown up one too many times. Those people are always going to know there's a loophole, a way to escape, they are always going to be looking for that chance to push back, SO NOW I'VE GOT TO KILL ALL OF 'EM, JUST LIKE I'M GOING TO KILL YOU!."
—Negan berating Simon for his betrayal before killing him.[src]

Simon is Negan's right-hand man, and the two have a strong relationship. Initially, Simon is extremely loyal to his leader and obeys his orders without question. It is evident that Negan views Simon very highly and claims that if he wasn't around, there would be a lot more work to do. During an ambush by Alexandria, Kingdom, and The Hilltop, it can be seen that Negan and Simon like to stay close to each other during war. This is most likely due to both working well together and trusting each other completely.

Despite this, it was eventually revealed that Negan was extremely weary of keeping Simon within his fold after the Oceanside massacre, an act that disgusted Negan. Nonetheless, Negan still had great respect for Simon's loyalty, intelligence, organization, and ruthlessness, so long as each of those traits were kept in check. Due to this, Negan kept Simon as one of his top guys and, over time, Simon's effective following of orders cemented his loyalty to Negan as his right-hand man, earning his complete trust as an equal.

During the meeting at the Sanctuary, Negan becomes enraged at Simon's suggestion that the Saviors kill all the Hilltop residents, perhaps putting a strain on their relationship. Despite his trust in him as a right hand, Negan has little belief in Simon as a leader.

Negan was further angered when he found out about the Scavengers massacre. He promised Jadis to take care of him. Upon Negan's return, Negan proceeds to humiliate Simon in front of the rest of his inner group, having Simon get down on his knees and taunting him, asking him if he's going to make a move. When Simon responds that he has no move to make. Negan seemingly forgives him. After this Simon begins plotting against Negan, showing that their relationship has been completely and utterly severed. Negan eventually puts down the plot and proposes that if Simon want's to be the leader, he'll have to earn it by a fight to the death. Negan eventually fights Simon one-on-one, surrounded by of all the Saviors. While Negan initially struggles after a cheap shot by Simon, he ultimately overpowers him and then strangles his former right-hand man to death.

It can be said that, even in the end, they still had some respect for each other. As Simon wanted Negan's death to be quick and painless, and Negan wanted to give Simon a shot at becoming leader, even if it meant risking his own life.


Negan and Sherry have a forced, unstable relationship. Before being one of Negan's "wives", Dwight, Sherry, and her sister, Tina, used to work for points until they decided to steal some insulin and flee. After Tina was killed, Sherry and Dwight returned to The Sanctuary and, as punishment for their acts, Negan was going to kill Dwight until Sherry proposed that she will marry Negan if he let Dwight live. Negan accepted the offer but still punished Dwight by burning his face with a hot iron.

With her becoming one of Negan's harem and Dwight eventually appointed as a high ranking member of The Saviors, they are separated from seeing each other though they still manage to secretly meet up occasionally. It is implied that Negan views Sherry higher compared to the rest of his harems. Despite this, it is likely that Sherry deeply despises Negan for his actions towards her and Dwight as she escapes the Sanctuary just to get away from Negan once and for all. Had Dwight not lied about her death, Negan would most likely have hunted her down and killed her.

Negan, after learning of Dwight's betrayal, correctly guesses that Sherry is not in fact not dead after all.


Originally, Tina alongside her sister, Sherry, and brother in-law, Dwight worked for points under Negan at The Sanctuary until she began to fall behind on points and was unable to purchase insulin to treat her diabetes. Negan then offered to marry her to solve her problem. After telling him she would consider his proposal, Dwight stole all the medicine and fled with both Tina and Sherry. It is implied Negan did desire her to such an extent that he sent a search party led by Wade to capture the trio and bring them back, and was later furious that Tina got killed.


Little is known about the relationship between Negan and Gavin as they haven't been seen interacting on-screen so far. However, it can be assumed that Negan holds enough trust and respect for him to become one his lieutenants and being in charge of the weekly tribute from The Kingdom.

His reaction to Gavin's death is unknown.


"Ah Regina, now why'd you have to go and do that?"
—Negan scolding Regina.[src]

Regina and Negan seem to have a good relationship. As one of Negan's top lieutenants, it is clear that he highly trusts her. Their relationship may have been strained due to Regina shooting one of the Savior workers commenting on why she killed a worker.

It is unknown if Regina betrayed Negan willingly after being defeated by the Militia and wounded by Eugene and Rosita or if she was still loyal to him and was angered about his defeat and imprisonment.


Although being one of his "wives", Amber seems to strongly dislike Negan, due to her having to become his wife for free medication for her mother, and being forced to break up with her boyfriend, Mark. In "Sing Me a Song", Amber is deeply upset about her situation with Negan. When Negan gives her the option to no longer be his wife, she is frightened to say yes, knowing that if she is no longer his wife, she must go work for the medication for her ill mother. She forcefully agrees to stay as Negan's wife, telling him she loves him. Later on, Amber watches in horror as Negan burns Mark's face with an iron.


Although their relationship has not been explored, Negan seems to be attracted to Tanya, since she's one of his many wives. However, it can be assumed Tanya dislikes Negan when she tells Eugene that he's the only "good man" she knows. When Eugene refuses to give pills to Tanya, it is revealed that the pills Frankie and Tanya wanted weren't for Amber, but for Negan. This shows that Tanya wants Negan dead and therefore doesn't care for him.


"Arat, kill somebody."
—Negan to Arat[src]

Arat is shown to be completely loyal to Negan and is one of his closest associates. He clearly trusts her to carry out his orders without question, such as when she mercilessly killed Olivia on his orders. She also tackled Rosita to the ground after she attempted to assassinate Negan, showing that Arat is willing to protect her leader from danger. In "The Key" Arat was willing to help Simon and Dwight find Negan.

Despite Arat's loyalty to Negan, she seems to willingly surrender to the Militia upon the Saviors' defeat, effectively betraying him.


"Holy Helly. If shit could shit it still couldn't look as shitty as you! Get in."
—Negan when he finds Laura on the side of the road [src]

Little is known about the relationship between Negan and Laura, but proving her loyalty to him allowed her to become a Savior. Later, Negan picks her up walking along the side of the road. Laura then reveals Dwight's betrayal to him and delights in angrily telling Dwight what she has done while Negan reveals that he used Dwight to pass a fake plan to the Militia so Negan could lead them into a trap. Negan then promotes Laura to the position of his second-in-command.

However, after the Militia corners them after their weapons explode, Laura surrenders to the Militia and she betrays Negan by renouncing his way of leadership and assists in building a new life for the Saviors while Negan is taken prisoner.


Little is known about the relationship between Negan and Gary but he does see him as one of his loyal and trusted men. When Simon infers that Negan is most likely dead, Gary appears to be somewhat saddened. It is later shown that Gary's loyalties are to Simon and not Negan, he (alongside fellow Saviors) were gunned down on Negan's command for their betrayal. Negan shows no remorse for his demise.

Emmett Carson

"You left the door open and let my puppy out! You knew Sherry hated Daryl being here, so you let him out for her, be the hero. Then you could move in. That is some weaselly shit right there."
—Negan blaming Emmett for Daryl's escape.[src]

Negan and Emmet Carson's relationship were considered neutral. He sees him useful for treating his injured men and considers him a great doctor.

However after Dwight frames him for falsely aiding Sherry for Daryl's escape, Negan becomes furious at Emmett and shows Dr. Carson a note from Sherry, which Dwight planted on his desk. After Dr. Carson falsely confesses that he did it to avoid the iron, Negan grabs him and throws him into the furnace, burning him alive.


"Mark, I'm sorry. But it is what it is."
—Negan to Mark before ironing his face.[src]

Negan and Mark associate with one another as business associates in the Savior Compound. It is assumed that Mark doesn't respect Negan enough to avoid seeing Amber behind his back. Once found out, Negan punished Mark and scarred the left side of his face. It is assumed that Mark resents Negan for both interfering with the relationship between he and Amber, and now for the disfigurement of his face.


"You were trying to rape this woman, weren't you? This is some unacceptable behavior. Rape is against the rules here. I wouldn't wanna be somewhere where it wasn't."
—Negan confronting David.[src]

Negan and David's relationship was neutral at best. Negan knew that David was the threatening type. However, their relationship becomes hostile when David tried to rape Sasha and broke one of his most important rules. Because of this, Negan kills David, not even accepting his apology for his wrongdoing.


Paula was never seen with Negan on screen but she was one of his high ranking members of The Saviors as shown when she was leading the remaining Saviors after Rick Grimes and his group attacked their outpost as well as dealing with Rick about trading with Carol and Maggie for Primo. When Carol asked her about Negan, she and Molly protected Negan's identity by telling her, "We're all Negan", showing an amount of loyalty for him. Her death was avenged when Negan personally kills one of the Survivors.


"You know what I think, Gregory? I think you're playing both sides. I think you are a thin-dicked politician threading the needle with your thin, thin dick. Now, is listening to you the right way to go, or is it the right place and time for something else?"
—Negan threatening Gregory.[src]

Negan has a complete lack of respect for Gregory due to the cowardice and incompetence of the supposed leader of the Hilltop Colony.

Gregory is shown to be quite fearful of Negan and becomes submissive to his demands, giving him half of his community supplies, after Negan and the Saviors killed a member from the Hilltop. Negan takes advantage of Gregory's cowardice and begins demanding more supplies. After some time, he can't keep up to the amount that Negan wants, so Negan kidnaps Craig and sends Ethan to kill Gregory for failing to follow his orders. After the attempt of taking Gregory's life fails, the leader of the Hilltop decides to make a deal with Rick Grimes' group to eliminate Negan and the Saviors once and for all. Instead of doing it himself, he sends Simon to deal with Gregory at the Hilltop after Rick's people had killed every Savior from one of the outpost.

In "The Big Scary U", Gregory meets with Negan and his lieutenants and offers to help the Saviors by exiling any Hilltop resident who joins Rick’s alliance. Negan questions Gregory’s true allegiance and doubts that he holds any influence over the Hilltoppers.

Ezekiel Sutton

"Plan A is taking Rick, the Widow, and King Assface alive and making them dead in a very, very public and instructive way. We kill the right people in the wrongest way possible, and we make them all watch!"
—Negan mentioning Ezekiel.[src]

Negan and Ezekiel have not interacted on-screen once, though since the attack on Alexandria, Negan wants to capture Ezekiel, Rick and Maggie and torture and kill them horribly in front of their people. Ezekiel likely despises Negan deeply and willingly goes to war against him to end his tyranny once and for all.

Ezekiel is likely pleased that Negan is eventually defeated however it is unknown if he agreed or was angered at Rick's decision to keep him alive and as a prisoner.

Paul Rovia

Jesus and Negan have not shared any on screen time yet, however it is clear that Jesus despises Negan for the atrocities committed by him and his men and willingly assists Rick and his group in attacking one of Negan's outposts in the hopes of killing him and ending the servitude of the Hilltop. Jesus later actively partakes in the war against the Saviors to end their tyranny once and for all.

Jesus is likely pleased that Negan is defeated however he does not appear to agree with Rick and Michonne's decision to keep him alive and appears to agree with Maggie and Daryl's plan to bide their time and wait for the right moment to exact revenge against Negan. He does however appear to get over it later on and does not appear hell bent on killing Negan like Maggie is.

Rick Grimes

"This shit isn't funny anymore. Don't make me do this now, Rick. I got plans for you. Cut you up in little bitty pieces, feed you to the dead, and make you watch. Then, when you're some sort of screwed-up, creepy stump with a head, that's when I'm gonna kill you - in front of everybody. (...) When I am done with you, nobody will ever try to do what you did - not ever again! Not your friends, not your son."
—Negan to Rick.[src]

Rick and Negan absolutely despise each other and are bitter rivals and enemies. Negan was first made aware of Rick and his group of survivors after Rick led a raid on a Savior outpost which resulted in the deaths of all its inhabitants. Hence he personally sent Dwight with a group to retaliate in whichever form possible which resulted in more deaths and the murder of Denise Cloyd.

Negan was able to organize a joint effort of roadblocks and psychological intimidation to trap Rick with a portion of his group to exact his revenge and break them into servitude. Once captured, Negan bludgeons Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee to death hoping to display authority but Rick still remains defiant, threatening to kill him. Amused and unsatisfied, Negan forces Rick to risk his life to attain a hatchet among a large group of walkers whilst verbally mocking Rick for thinking he could live a safe life with his group. Negan eventually breaks Rick when he forces him to attempt to cut off his son's arm after he notices that Rick is still defiant, stopping Rick shortly before the amputation could occur. Satisfied, Negan leaves the group in a shattered state.

Negan continues to converse with Rick in the style of a laid back bully whenever they meet such as when Negan arrives at Alexandria for Rick's first tribute. Negan clearly observes Rick's hatred towards him for his actions but remains unconcerned and continues his dark sense of humor. However, whenever Rick makes a statement or action that Negan disagrees with his cheerful tone becomes stern and serious to remind Rick who's in charge - such as the case of the missing guns.

Negan respects Rick to a degree for his leadership and survival skills but ultimately for being a selfless individual. Negan makes this point to Spencer that Rick is 'swallowing' his hate for him for the sake of everyone in Alexandria and being a proactive survivor.

However, when Negan learns of Rick's plot to revolt against him from Jadis - leader of the Scavengers - he becomes so irritated by his defiance that he returns to Alexandria to quell any notion of rebellion. Rick vows that no matter what Negan does to him, he will make it his mission to kill him and all the Saviors and that nothing will change that, which further amuses Negan. Rick and his group manage to thwart his plan and cause him and a few of the Saviors to retreat. Disappointed and enraged, Negan resorts to "Plan B": go to war with Alexandria and eliminate Rick.

During the war, Rick is absolutely determined to kill Negan, whom is now his nemesis. After Carl's tragic death however Rick informs him of his death and Negan tells him to simply give up on this war as he has already lost though Rick refuses and still attempts to kill him. In "Wrath" after the Saviors are defeated and he personally injures Negan, Rick decides not to kill Negan and instead takes him as a prisoner to Alexandria in order to spend the rest of his days as a prisoner for revenge for his actions and to be used as an example that people are capable of changing. It is more likely that the only reason that Rick decides to allow Negan to live is because it is what Carl wanted and if the latter was still alive, Negan would surely have not been spared by Rick.

After being imprisoned by Rick, Negan still takes pleasure in taunting Rick about Carl's death and tell him that despite all of his success, he is not saving the world in the least but is simply getting it ready for him. While Rick deeply hates Negan, he does not want him dead and is dedicated to keep him alive to fulfill Carl's final requests and to prevent Negan from being martyred and letting all the deaths suffered during the war, Carl included, from becoming nothing. Despite this, Rick's hallucination of him conversing with Shane implies that part of him still wants to kill Negan and has some regret about not doing so.

Negan's reaction to Rick's supposed death is unknown. In "Silence the Whisperers" years later, he admits that he had begun to come around to Rick's way of thinking about doing things before the reaction of the communities to the Whisperers has begun to sour him on that.

Carl Grimes

"Look at you. Answering the door like a big boy. I am so proud. Daddy's not home, huh? Well, I guess he's gonna get back to a big old smoky surprise. (...) Well, that shit just breaks my heart. There's kids at the Sanctuary. You must've seen 'em. Even had a little baby at one of the outposts. I wonder what happened to her. None of this shit's fair, kid. Hell, you know that. You had to kill your own mom. That is screwed up. Ergo, we need someone in charge who's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that shit doesn't happen. Oh. Wait. That's me. (...) Oh, now you want to talk? See, your dad had it that I died, no matter what. He gave my people a choice. Not me. Now we're gonna need a new understanding. Apologies, punishment."
—Negan to Carl.[src]

Upon encountering Carl for the first time, Negan takes an immediate interest in the teenager. Carl, however, shows nothing but anger and hatred for him, something that impresses Negan. When he gives a speech to the group, unlike the rest of the group including his own father, Negan bends his knees in front of Carl to talk to him, showing he somehow respects him. When he learns that Carl is Rick's son, he further taunts that he wishes not to kill the "little future serial killer". After choosing the first Lucille victim, he warns the group to not interfere least he will bring more harm by cutting Carl's other eye and feeding it to his father. Carl then witnesses the brutal death of first Abraham, then Glenn, at the hands of Negan. Later, he is brought upfront by Negan who unbuckles his belt and uses it to tie Carl's left arm. Negan then forces him to lay on the ground, draws a line on his arm and forces a fearstricken Rick to decide to chop it off. Whilst Rick is emotionally broken and pleading, Carl is scared but resolute, telling his father to "just do it". When Rick is about to do so, Negan halts him, telling him that he has proven his point. When Carl later attempts to kill him, Negan shows him around the Saviors compound and makes Carl show him his missing eye. Negan asks to touch Carl's eye socket and delights in it at first until he sees that he's driven Carl to tears. In an uncharacteristic move, Negan stops and apologizes for driving Carl to tears and begins teaching him about what he thinks it takes to be a man. He also shows some sympathy for Carl having to kill his mother.

In "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life", Negan tries to kill Carl as a lesson to Rick, but is stopped when the Kingdom and the Hilltop attack and force him to retreat. Before he attempts to kill Carl, Negan expresses regret at having to do so, telling Rick that he actually likes Carl. Negan has had a change of heart since his attempt to kill Carl. During the second attack on Alexandria, Negan sees Carl as someone Rick has made weak, and wants to raise Carl as a potential lieutenant of the Saviors.

In "How It's Gotta Be", Negan shows a willingness to negotiate with Carl and appears impressed by Carl's willingness to sacrifice himself to save his community, something Negan admits to Rick. While Negan brings up Carl having to kill his own mother, Negan doesn't taunt Carl with the fact but instead admits that he finds it "screwed up." When Carl asks Negan about his original intentions in becoming the leader of the Saviors, his words actually give Negan pause before Negan realizes that Carl is just distracting him which enrages Negan.

In "Honor", it is indicated that Carl sees redeeming qualities in Negan since in the peaceful future he envisions, Negan is apart of it and sharing a friendly relationship with Rick and Judith.

In "The Lost and the Plunderers", Negan expresses admiration for Carl's actions to Simon. When Rick later calls Negan over the radio, he informs Negan of Carl's death and that Carl wrote a letter to Negan asking him to stop and make peace. Negan is genuinely grief-stricken to learn that Carl is dead and is horrified by the idea that he and the Saviors might have caused it. Though Negan blames Rick for not being there to stop Carl from doing something stupid, he admits that he's feeling the weight of Carl's death and will be for a while.

In "The Key", Negan even offers Rick a new deal in a memory of Carl, as Carl was someone he actually respected.

In "Wrath", during his fight with Rick, it is Carl's legacy and wishes for the future that haunt Negan making him stop fighting, eventually leading to Rick cutting his neck and keeping him prisoner at Alexandria following the war.

It is likely only because of Carl and his hopes for a peaceful future that Negan is spared by Rick and taken as a prisoner instead of being killed.

In "Scars," when Michonne demands to know what Negan has been telling Judith, he states that his stories included how much of a badass Carl was.

Nearly a decade after Carl's death in "What It Always Is," Negan is shown to still be haunted by his loss and to care a great deal for the young man. Brandon brings up stories he's heard that Negan forced Rick to cut Carl's hand off and then Negan shot Carl to death. Negan is visibly distraught at this accusation, forcefully telling Brandon that he never did that to Carl and has to compose himself before continuing to state that he would never kill a child.

Michonne Hawthorne

"Man, I love a gal that buys me dinner and doesn't expect me to put out."
—Negan to Rick on Michonne[src]

Michonne at first appears to be extremely afraid of Negan when he and the Saviors capture her and the group and is shocked when he kills Abraham and Glenn. When Negan arrives at Alexandria, Michonne is reluctant to give up her gun for him, but allows Rick to hand it over and wordlessly drops the deer she shot on the ground when Negan orders Arat to get it. Michonne despises Negan deeply and wants to fight him and kill him in order to end the subjugation of her community. In spite of this, Michonne personally reads Carl's letter that he wrote to Negan to him and tells him peace is possible however Negan coldly refuses to make peace and vows he will kill Michonne, Rick and all their people no matter what.

After his defeat, Michonne takes pleasure in informing Negan that he is now her and Rick's prisoner and tightly grips his injured neck to cause him pain. She vows that him being their prisoner as an example is the only thing he is good for, showing her hatred of him. Michonne does however appear to be conflicted over Rick's decision to let Negan live as revealed in "A New Beginning".

In the "Obliged", Negan only agrees to eat if Michonne stays and talks to him and she agrees. Negan tells Michonne he’s not meant to be in the cell just as she's not meant to be doing random chores and looking after kids. Michonne shoots back that she's helping rebuild civilization. Negan admits he's happy his wife never got to see him imprisoned and reveals that they wish they had a kid like Carl, but his wife got cancer and the world changed. Michonne says she sees Carl everywhere, and when Negan asks about her own kid, she angrily says Andre didn't make it. Negan says it's better this way because his wife wasn't made for the apocalypse. "We were built for more," he says. Michonne reacts in anger and storms off. A while later, Michonne returns to Negan's cell and acknowledges that they're similar but distinguishes that her worldview is a lot more positive than his. She finally gets him to eat, and as she leaves he asks her to see Lucille. Michonne tells him they don’t have the bat anymore and leaves smiling, showing that she enjoys seeing Negan suffer to a degree.

In "What Comes After", Michonne allows Maggie to enter Negan's cell to kill him, however she changes her mind after seeing what jail has done to him and Michonne appears pleased that she decided to let Negan live in agony.

In "The Storm", after Negan selflessly saves Judith's life, Michonne thanks him and he appears to gain some of her respect and trust.

Judith Grimes

"Oh, my! Look at THIS little angel!"
—Negan, when he first encounters Judith.[src]

When Negan stumbles into Judith's room, despite Carl's attempts to conceal her existence, he is immediately delighted and lifts her out of her crib. She is then shown asleep in his arms on the porch as he calls her precious.

In "Who Are You Now", it is revealed that Judith and Negan have formed something of a friendship, with Judith even asking Negan for help with math homework and Negan telling her stories of his past. Judith often visited him during the years helping to form him into a more compassionate person. Negan appears to genuinely care for and respect Judith, even smiling on her takes of certain situations. It is unknown how Judith feels about Negan however, though she somewhat insults him by sarcastically claiming how good things have turned out for him (based on his imprisonment) after he claims to have wizened up once following a childhood incident. It is also unknown if Judith hates Negan for his past atrocities while leader of the Saviors and his cruelty towards her half- brother Carl and adoptive father Rick.

In "Adaptation," Negan steals Judith's compass while he's escaping, but is caught by Judith who he convinces to let him go. Negan states that Judith knows him better than anyone has in a long time and expects her to believe him when he promises that he won't harm anyone, even in self-defense. Judith lets Negan go and lets him keep her compass, stating that it would help Negan find his way. Judith threatened to shoot Negan if she ever saw him again, which seemed to please him as it was what he would do if he was in her position. After realizing that Judith was right, Negan returns to Alexandria and gives Judith back her compass and agrees to return to his cell. In the process, Negan calls Judith one of the few people in his life that he's considered a true friend to him. And one of the main reason why Judith likes him is because he is always honest with her.

In "The Storm", when Judith runs off in the snow storm looking for Dog, Negan goes after her and saves her from freezing to death.

Maggie Rhee

"That widow is alive guns a'blazin!...You taste that, Simon? That is the taste of shit!"
—Negan angrily discovering that Maggie is alive.[src]

Maggie completely despises Negan.

Negan first meets Maggie along with her group members when he and the Saviors capture them in a remote forest. Upon first inspection, he teases her with some rude remarks and calls her appearance “shitty” without knowing of her pregnancy. Negan even considers her a potential victim before her husband, Glenn Rhee, intervenes.

Negan eventually selects Abraham Ford as his victim as punishment for the deaths of his men at the group's hands and beats his head to a bloody pulp, horrifying her. Maggie become completely heartbroken when she witnessed her husband be executed in the exact same fashion as punishment for Daryl punching Negan shortly after Abraham's death. After breaking Rick Grimes into his servitude, Negan leaves her and the group in a shattered mess. Despite being utterly distraught, Maggie tells Rick to get ready to fight Negan and the Saviors, wanting immediate revenge.

When Negan arrives at Alexandria for their first offering he asks Rick where the 'sick girl' is, expressing an interest in her, before explaining that he was intending to take her back with him further saying that he has an interest in widows because they're special. Negan is then led to believe that she had died of her condition with a grave as supposed proof, unaware of her living safely at the Hilltop Colony.

Negan later discovers that Maggie is actually alive and well, enraged he had been tricked of her demise. Ever since then, Negan wants Maggie, Rick and Ezekiel captured alive so he can personally kill them.

Throughout the war Maggie is completely focused on getting revenge against Negan and wants him dead no matter what. She even reveals that she want's Glenn's grave to be the last thing he ever sees and is visibly angered that he was not present at the attack on the Hilltop. Upon Negan's defeat in "Wrath", Maggie is enraged and broken hearted that Rick decides to allow Negan to live, even though he killed Glenn and she screams that the war will never be over until Negan is dead.

Even though Negan becomes a prisoner and is put safely behind bars, Maggie completely disagrees with Rick and Michonne's decision to let him live and she vows that she will make the Hilltop strong once again, bide her time and wait for the right moment in order to exact her revenge against Negan in order to avenge her beloved husband's death.

Nearly 18 months after Negan's defeat, Maggie finally musters up the courage to go to Alexandria and kill Negan after being inspired by the Oceanside survivors taking revenge on Saviors who caused them harm in the past. Michonne allows Maggie to enter the cell and Maggie is bent on killing Negan with a crowbar. Negan taunts Maggie for not having taken revenge sooner and taunts her over murdering Glenn, making her more furious. However after throwing him out of the cell, Negan begs her to kill him as he wants to be reunited with wife. Maggie after seeing Negan degraded and broken tells him to get back in the cell, claiming that he is already worse than dead and locks the door. Maggie appears to be pleased seeing the suffering Negan has endured while locked in his cell and appears to have let go of her vendetta against him and would rather have him alive to suffer. Negan appears upset that Maggie chooses not to kill him.

In "Home Sweet Home", Maggie is furious to see Negan free and especially to learn of his role in the Hilltop's destruction.

In "Here's Negan", Carol exiles Negan due to the rising tensions between him and Maggie. When Negan returns, Carol warns Negan that Maggie will kill him if he stays, but Negan nevertheless chooses to stay in Alexandria, smirking at Maggie as he goes in.

In Season 11, Maggie has Negan accompany her team to Meridian due to his knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area. Maggie makes it abundantly clear that she still hates Negan and wants revenge upon him, causing Negan to abandon her to die. However, as their journey continues, Maggie and Negan are forced to work closely together and make a surprisingly good team with Negan saving Maggie's life on multiple occasions. Maggie promises that they will be even if their plan to defeat the Reapers works and even admits to Elijah that she doesn't know if she can keep it, but she hopes she can. During this time, Negan talks with Maggie frankly about his murders of Glenn and Abraham to clear the air between them. However, after Maggie slaughters the surviving Reapers, Negan realizes that she will never give up on her revenge and he leaves rather than give her the chance to take her revenge.

In "Warlords", months later, Negan specifically instructs Jesse to seek out Maggie and Maggie alone for help against the Commonwealth.

In "The Rotten Core", Maggie and Negan are reunited and are forced to work together once again. Annie reveals to Maggie that Negan had told her the truth about his past, including what he'd done to Maggie and her friends and family. Maggie is concerned about leaving her son in the hands of the man that had murdered his father, but Annie promises her that he is in good hands.

In "Acts of God", when the Hilltop comes under threat from the Commonwealth, Maggie actively seeks out Negan's advice and asks him to look after Hershel for her, only refusing his help because Negan's people need him to look after them. Maggie reveals that she is finally starting to trust Negan because he had saved Hershel's life at Riverbend. "You saved him... at Riverbend. Whatever else happens, and whatever else has happened, I will never forget that." Negan and Maggie part on completely friendly terms for once with Negan promising that he has her back and will take care of Hershel.

Daryl Dixon

"We got ourselves a red situation. I need a search party. See if Daryl ran home like the dumb animal that he is."
—Negan over the radio when he learns of Daryl's escape[src]

At first Negan does not show any sort of interest in Daryl. However, when Daryl punches Negan after killing Abraham and taunting Rosita, Negan is shocked and impressed. Despite this, Negan brutally kills Glenn as punishment for his action, much to Daryl's horror and sadness.

Still intrigued from earlier, Negan orders Dwight to capture Daryl before the group is released, as he wants to develop Daryl into another soldier. While in his capture, Negan finds Daryl's defiance and resolve both amusing and astounding. Despite having trouble breaking him into the Savior's ranks, Negan continued to enjoy having Daryl in his servitude up until Daryl's escape. It is evident that Daryl hates Negan deeply and wants to fight him and the Saviors and kill them all.

Daryl is likely pleased that Negan and the Saviors are eventually defeated by him and the Militia however it is shown that he completely disagrees with Rick's decision to spare Negan and secretly plots with Maggie and Jesus to bide their time and eventually exact revenge on Negan, showing that Daryl strongly wants to see him dead or kill him himself.

Nearly 18 months after the end of the war, Daryl still appears to want Negan dead and wants Maggie to have the opportunity to do it in order to avenge Glenn's death and tries to help her by leading Rick away from Alexandria and shows his disgust at him for sparing Negan.

Daryl's reaction to Maggie's decision to not kill Negan is unknown. However, years later, he has softened his stance towards Negan, particularly after Negan saves Lydia from an attack in "Silence the Whisperers." Daryl is left struggling with the change in Negan's behavior, stating that he believes Lydia even if no one believes Negan. Negan's fate ultimately comes down to Daryl's vote, acting as Michonne's proxy on the council. Daryl votes to spare Negan, knowing that he was in the right in the situation.

Despite any bad feelings between the two Negan chooses to save Daryl's life when captured by three Whisperers in the episode "Look at the Flowers".

In "A Certain Doom", Daryl attempts to get Negan's help with defeating the Whisperers' horde, berating him when Negan refuses to help. Daryl later saves Negan from Beta and even helps the other man up afterwards.

Abraham Ford

"Red - and hell, he was, is, and will ever be red. He just took one or six or seven for the team!"
—Negan explaining Abraham's death.[src]

Negan was intimidated by Abraham and felt it was too dangerous to keep the larger man alive. After being captured by Negan and his Saviors, unlike the rest of the members, Abraham shows completely no fear in facing them. When Negan stands and glances right at him, Abraham continues to stare at him which slightly amuses Negan before remarking that he needs to "shave his shit". After simply unable to decide who to kill, Abraham then watches Negan who is chanting "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" and walking one person to another while pointing his bat at them before finally picking Abraham. After warning them not to interfere, Negan then slams the bat to Abraham's head, causing him to bleed heavily. Before his death, Abraham utters "suck my nuts" to Negan, who then proceeds to bash his head several more times, completely mutilating his head before mocking his last words.

Negan later reveals that he deliberately chose to kill Abraham as he likely perceived him as a threat to him and claims that he made the choice to kill him instead of Rick as he didn't want Carl to watch.

Negan possibly develops some remorse over the years for killing Abraham and Glenn. In "Adaptation," Negan vomits upon coming upon the spot he killed the two men in and being reminded of his crime. In "Scars," when Michonne demands to know if he told Judith about killing Abraham and Glenn, Negan admits that he has, stating that he never lies to the girl so when she asked for that story, he was honest with her about it.

Glenn Rhee

"Buddy, are you still there? I just don't know. It seems like you're trying to speak... but you just took a hell of a hit! I just popped your skull so hard your eyeball just popped out... and it is gross as shit!"
—Negan in amusement of Glenn's disfigurement.[src]

Negan and Glenn hardly knew each other but Negan shows amusement for him after Glenn desperately tries to intervene him from harming Maggie. He warns them all not to do that again or he will "shut down that shit, no exceptions". After Negan finally picks Abraham as the Lucille victim, Glenn watches in horror as Abraham is smashed by Negan to death. After Daryl attempts to retaliate against Negan for taunting Rosita, Negan teaches the group another brutal lesson by hitting Glenn in the same fashion as Abraham, and reiterating his earlier statement that one insubordination would be pardoned but any other would be halted with no exceptions. He further taunts Glenn's mutilated face who is trying to speak to Maggie before delivering more blows to his head, brutally killing him and showing no remorse whatsoever.

Negan possibly develops some remorse over the years for killing Abraham and Glenn. In "Adaptation," Negan vomits upon coming upon the spot he killed the two men in and being reminded of his crime. In "Scars," when Michonne demands to know if he told Judith about killing Abraham and Glenn, Negan admits that he has, stating that he never lies to the girl so when she asked for that story, he was honest with her about it.

In "The Rotten Core", Annie reveals to Maggie that Negan had told her the truth about his past, including Glenn's murder. When Maggie states that Negan "doesn't just get to forget what he did," Annie promises her that Negan hasn't. After Glenn's son Hershel realizes that Negan is his father's murderer, he tries to take revenge on Negan who admits that he might deserve it, but talks Hershel down for the time being. Alone, Negan starts to cry, suggesting that he has some remorse for Glenn's murder.

In "Acts of God", Maggie reveals that she has begun to trust Negan because no matter what will happen or "whatever has happened", Negan saved the life of her and Glenn's son.

Eugene Porter

"I know how hard it can be to accept change, to get on the right team. But I need you to understand something. I do not make this invitation to everyone."
—Negan to Eugene[src]

Negan first meets Eugene when he captures him in the RV and lines him up with Rick group and he watched Negan beats Glenn and Abraham to death with the baseball bat.

Later, after Rosita's failed attempt to kill Negan, he furiously tries to find who made the bullet. Eugene confesses that he was the one who did it and thus he and his men took him as hostage.

After arriving at the Savior's base, Negan was impressed by Eugene's intelligence and believes his lie about being a bio engineer. Thus he makes Eugene become a Chief-Engineer of the Saviors.

Surprisingly, Eugene is one of few people that Negan does not directly threaten or harm, and Negan mostly gives him respect, hospitality, and even kindness to an extent. Eugene even expresses a few times that he enjoys living life as a Savior under Negan's hospitality. However it is gradually revealed that he is only loyal to the Saviors and Negan in order to protect himself and he eventually betrays Negan by tampering with his soldier's weapons, allowing the Militia to finally defeat him and the Saviors. It is unknown how Eugene felt about Negan being spared and taken as a prisoner rather then being killed.

Gabriel Stokes

Negan and Gabriel have a hateful relationship.

They interacted for the first time in "Service". Gabriel introduces himself and he show Negan where Maggie is "buried", fooling him into thinking she's dead.

In "The Big Scary U", Negan and Gabriel are trapped in the trailer following the attack on the Sanctuary. Negan asks Gabriel why he helped Gregory. After some reflection, Gabriel concludes that they were destined to end up in the trailer together. “I think I’m here to take your confession,” he says. Negan urges Gabriel to escape with him, saying their odds of getting to the Sanctuary are much higher if they work together. Gabriel agrees to accompany Negan if he confesses. Gabriel reveals his own greatest sin: locking his congregation out of his church in the early days of the apocalypse, leaving them to die. Negan finally tells Gabriel that before the fall, he cheated on his wife while she was sick. He says that his weakness was his inability to put her down when she died after the fall. Gabriel absolves him.

Negan cuts the walker open, and they slather themselves in guts. Then, Negan opens the door to the trailer and walkers flood inside. Negan and Gabriel walk through the courtyard, unnoticed by the herd. Gabriel trips and draws the walkers’ attention. They fight the walkers together, making their way to the Sanctuary.

In "Wrath", after Gabriel found out about Negan's plan, he tried to escape, only to be stopped by Eugene and Negan, who beat him several times. Later, when Negan realized that Eugene has sabotaged the bullets, he tried to kill him, but was attacked by Gabriel. It is unknown how Gabriel felt about Rick keeping Negan as a prisoner rather than killing him.

Despite Gabriel's hatred of Negan, he devotes time to help Negan mediate during his seven year long imprisonment in order to help reform him into a better person though he makes little progress. Negan even cruelly taunts Gabriel over Rosita and Gabriel reveals his frustration having to take care of Negan while is girlfriend is injured at the Hilltop. Negan tries to offer sympathy though Gabriel rejects it and storms out of his cell, however he does not close the door properly and this allows Negan to finally escape from his captivity.

In "The Storm", Negan is making fun of Gabriel's situation with Rosita and Siddiq.

In "Lines We Cross", Negan gives Gabriel an advice on how to deal with the Whisperer conflict within Alexandria.

In "Ghosts", Gabriel forces Negan to help Aaron fight with walkers.

In "Warlords", Negan is immediately worried when he hears that Gabriel is in trouble and rescues him with Annie's help. In turn, Gabriel is surprised but pleased to see Negan.

Sasha Williams

"...you got those beach-ball-sized lady nuts and I want to harness the heat comin' off of 'em. You can help me run this place one day, all of us together, following the rules, workin' on the same side of things. That's all this was ever about. And it still can be for you. I know it's hard to picture considering what I did. But, Sasha, we all got shit to get over."
—Negan to Sasha.[src]

Negan and Sasha shared a brief relationship.

Negan first meets Sasha when she is captured along with her fellow group members in a remote forest. When Negan selects and kills Abraham among them as punishment for the slaughter of his men at their hands, Sasha becomes distraught and horrified as the two had a romantic relationship. Fueled with rage, Sasha would try to take ever chance she could to take down Negan and avenge Abraham and fellow friend Glenn Rhee who also died in the forest.

Sasha eventually falls under Negan's capture again when she tries to assassinate him on a suicide mission. Despite the attempt on his life, Negan openly admires Sasha for her bravery and sees a potential recruit in her. Negan even notes to Sasha that he thinks she's "something else".

When Sasha commits suicide to reanimate as a walker and attack Negan he laments on her demise as her potential for serving at his side was now wasted.

Rosita Espinosa

"Shit.. What the shit?! Shit! You just.. You tried to kill me?! You shot Lucille!"
— Negan to Rosita after she tries to kill him[src]

Rosita deeply despises Negan.

Rosita looks to show fear of Negan after being captured by him and his Saviors. She is shocked and heartbroken when he beats Abraham to death with Lucille. Negan senses they were together and taunts her by forcing her to look at his bat, now covered in Abraham's blood. When Negan then kills Glenn as a result of Daryl sticking up for Rosita, she watches in horror and sadness.

When Negan orders Alexandria to give half of their supplies over, Rosita refuses to scavenge for him. Instead, she insists that Eugene make her a bullet, most likely with the intention to kill Negan.

Throughout Season 7, Rosita makes it a personal mission to kill Negan in order to avenge Abraham and Glenn's deaths. After Negan kills Spencer, an angry Rosita tries and fails to kill him with the bullet Eugene made for her. He is furious when Rosita shoots Lucille instead, and has Arat hold a knife to her face. As punishment for her actions, Olivia is killed.

Rosita is dedicated during Season 8 to defeat the Saviors however she appears to have let go of her vendetta against Negan and chooses not to let her desire for revenge overcloud her judgement again. Rosita is likely pleased that Negan is eventually defeated by her and her people however it is unknown how she felt about Rick choosing to keep him alive and as a prisoner.

Spencer Monroe

"Oh, how embarrassing, there they are! They were inside you the whole time. You DID have guts! I've never been so wrong in my whole life!"
—Negan to Spencer after killing him.[src]

Negan first meets Spencer at the front gate of Alexandria Safe-Zone to collect his first 'offering' to which Spencer questions who is he. Negan immediately shows displeasure, having made such a 'strong first impression'.

In "Hearts Still Beating", when Negan returns to Alexandria for the second time, Spencer introduces himself and the two share a drink on Rick's porch to which Negan acknowledges Spencer as his best friend. Later, they are seen playing pool outside while being watched by the Alexandrians and the Saviors. Spencer tells him that Rick is a bad leader and proposes that Negan put him in charge once Rick is killed. Negan is irritated that Spencer would wait for Rick to be gone before approaching and asking him to do his dirty work. He tells Spencer it's because he has no guts before stabbing him in the stomach and disemboweling him.

Negan shows no remorse for killing Spencer as he mocks him for having guts after killing him.


"I'm about 50 percent more into you now. Just sayin'."
—Negan to Olivia after she slaps him.[src]

Negan and Olivia have a soured relationship with Negan initially thinking very little of her and Olivia being terrified of him.

Upon their first encounter, Negan makes jokes and insults about Olivia’s weight privately to Rick. Olivia however soon becomes his hostage when it's discovered two handguns from Alexandria's armory have been misplaced as Negan wished to take all of Alexandria's firearms. When the guns have been found, he happily releases her.

Negan encounters Olivia a second time when returning Carl back from the Sanctuary. When Olivia expresses the community's dire food situation, Negan mocks her obesity by claiming it hard to believe she's "practically starving" which causes her to cry. Negan is perplexed by her sensitivity but eventually relents for his abusive behavior and apologizes, offering sex until Rick returns from a supply run. Offended, Olivia slaps Negan. Surprisingly, Negan rubs it off and says his interest in her has increased then orders her to make him some lemonade.

In "Hearts Still Beating", Olivia is shot and killed by Arat after Negan ordered her to kill somebody after Rosita refused to tell who made the bullet. However, Negan tells Rick that personally he wouldn't have picked her to go.


Negan's and Anne's relationship is neutral.

For the first time these two interacted on screen in "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life". Anne brought wounded Rick to Negan as they made a deal beforehand. Negan quickly changed the deal, showing that he doesn't think much of her and the Scavengers.

During the war Anne was convinced by Rick to join the Militia, showing that she is not loyal to Negan, and has interest in the Savior resources.

In "The Lost and the Plunderers", when Simon, Gary and few other Saviors massacred the entire group, Anne developed hatred towards Saviors and especially Negan, as she believed that he instructed the Saviors to kill her group.

In "Still Gotta Mean Something", she abducted Negan and planned to burn Lucille and kill him afterwards. Negan managed to convince her, that he shouldn't have trusted Simon and he is responsible for what happened at the Heaps and he can fix the problem. As a result, Anne released him, and Negan promised to see her again.

Anne however likely agrees with Negan being held as a prisoner due to the atrocities committed by him and the Saviors when he was their leader.

In "The Last Light", Anne quotes Negan to Jennifer Mallick, stating that "people are a resource".


Although Morales was never shown onscreen with Negan, it was clear that he was completely loyal to him and the Saviors as he insisted they saved him from death and gave him a sense of purpose. Even after being informed of the deaths of many of his allies from Atlanta by Rick, Morales did not seem to care and made it clear that he was no longer loyal to his former group but to the Saviors and declared himself to be "Negan".


"It means, watch your back kid."
—Negan to Lydia[src]

In "Lines We Cross", Lydia and Negan have a brief conversation, and Negan warns Lydia to be careful.

In "Silence the Whisperers", when Lydia is attacked by Margo, Alfred and Gage, Negan arrives and in order to protect Lydia, accidentally throws Margo into a wall, killing her, showing he does care for her like he cares for Judith.

In "The Tower", Negan helps Lydia deal with her emotions about her mother's death.

In "A Certain Doom", Negan tries to convince Lydia to abandon the Coalition and save herself as they could both escape through the horde with ease. It appears to be Lydia's attempt to convince Negan to help that gets him to distract Beta from Lydia, allowing Daryl to take him down.

In "No Other Way", Lydia is visibly upset to learn that Negan has gone his own way.

In "The Rotten Core", Lydia is somewhat cold towards Negan due to her anger at him for taking off without a word. She also appears to be shocked by what she overhears during his confrontation with Hershel.


"If I failed Eric... Then you failed your wife."
—Aaron to Negan[src]

Negan and Aaron have a hateful relationship.

In "Ghosts", Aaron tells Negan how he hates him for death of Eric. When Aaron looses part of his sight due to walker attack, he is forced to spend a night in a cabin with Negan. During this night, Negan stays awake and protects both of them. In "Silence the Whisperers," Aaron advocates for Negan's death after Negan kills Margo, though he admits that he liked to think Negan was changing and had even started to believe in it himself.

When Negan joins the Whisperers and helps attack the Hilltop, Aaron becomes furious over Negan's "betrayal" and when confronted by him, he angrily refuses to hear him out when he tries to tell him thath he's trying to take down Alpha on the inside and attempts to kill him, but is unable to as he defends Luke from incoming walkers.

In "Warlords", Negan is worried when he learns that Aaron is in danger, but he stops Gabriel from going after him as it risks all of their lives.

In "The Rotten Core", Negan and Aaron work together to protect the people of Riverbend. Aaron even seems to be upset that Negan vanished for months, but Negan quotes Aaron telling him that it would be best for everyone if he left back at him.


"That's it... right? You almost had me... back on the bus, when you kicked me out? But then I remembered, "This is Negan, he's always messing with people. Keepin' 'em in line." So I realized it was a test. "It's gonna get a lot more dangerous from here on out..." That's what you said to me. You wanted to make sure I had the balls to do what had to be done! What do you think...? I passed, right?! I am NEG--!"."
—Brandon to Negan before he is killed.[src]

Brandon and Negan have interacted only once and it seems that unlike other inhabitants of Alexandria, Brandon does respect Negan to a certain degree. Brandon is later revealed to worship Negan and wants to become a Savior like his parents. However, Brandon's behavior continually annoys Negan who orders him away. After Brandon murders Amelia and Milo, Negan kills him in a fit of rage.


After meeting the young boy, Negan is drawn to him and quickly develops a friendly relationship. After realizing that Milo has never been in an airplane, Negan describes the sensation to him and offers Milo some advice. Rather than continuing to run away as he had planned, Negan decides to take Milo and his mother to Hilltop for their safety, though he asks Milo to promise not to reveal that it was Negan who sent them. However, Brandon brutally murders the young boy and his mother. Upon seeing Milo dead, Negan flies into a rage and kills Brandon in revenge.


"I'm ready for my goddamn skin suit. You best bring that extra-long tape measure on account of my humongous balls. Hi. I'm Negan. We haven't formally met, but I sure as shit know who you are. And whether my reputation precedes me or not... I'm all in. Whatever you want, whatever I got, it's yours."
—Negan introducing himself to "Alpha" and offering her his services.[src]

Negan meets Alpha and offers his service to her. As he spends more time with the Whisperers Alpha begins to gain his trust. Negan begins to admire her more. He also sees each other as similar, as they were both leaders of a group.

Negan attempt to share knowledge to her by saying Gamma is a spy. At first Alpha does not believe him. However when Gamma does not return to the group Alpha believes Negan and gains her trust and rewards him by getting naked for him.

In "Walk With Us", Negan approaches Alpha, revealing that he has captured Lydia. Negan leads Alpha to a shed where Lydia is located, though he tries to talk Alpha out of her plan to kill Lydia so that her daughter will always be with Alpha as part of the horde. Recognizing that Alpha still loves Lydia, Negan relates the story of his love for his wife Lucille, but Alpha refuses to be dissuaded. Negan apparently accepts and Alpha opens the door, only to find that Lydia had been kept somewhere else by Negan. As a confused Alpha turns to Negan, he suddenly slits her throat. Catching the falling Alpha, Negan gives her a kiss before gently lowering Alpha to the ground where she quickly bleeds to death.

In "Look at the Flowers", Negan admits to Daryl that he liked being with Alpha, but she went too far when she targeted children.

In "The Tower", while comforting Lydia over Alpha's death, Negan tells her that he did like Alpha for real.


"Woah... Cool your tits there, Jolly Green Giant."
—Negan to "Beta"[src]

Beta despises Negan, likewise, Negan does not like Beta as well, and even mocks him. Beta doesn't want Negan to join the Whisperers at any cost. He even kills a fellow Whisperer who offered Negan food, and left Negan to die at the hands of walkers.

In "A Certain Doom", Negan is reluctant to help the Coalition defeat Beta's horde because he knows that every Whisperer, especially "fee, fi, foo, asshole" will be gunning for him due to Negan killing Alpha. Nevertheless, Negan later catches Beta's attention in the midst of the horde, causing Beta to charge and try to kill Negan, diverting Beta's focus from Lydia drawing the horde away. Negan's distraction gives Daryl the chance to take Beta down. After seeing Beta's face, Negan is shocked to recognize who the man really is.

In "Here's Negan", it's revealed that Negan and his wife Lucille were fans of Beta as "Half Moon" before the world ended.

Carol Peletier

While the two never interacted on-screen together for the first four seasons of Negan being on the show, it can safely said that Carol deeply despised Negan for brutally murdering her friends Abraham and Glenn. She took part in the war against the Saviors and almost certainly would have killed Negan if given the opportunity. When Alpha murders Carol's adopted son Henry, Carol frees Negan from his Alexandrian jail cell with the task of infiltrating the Whisperers camp to earn their trust and eventually kill Alpha, which Negan does when he slits Alpha's throat. When Negan brings Alpha's zombified head back to Carol, thus marking the first time the two are shown on-screen together, Carol is shown to be deeply pleased, and says "took you long enough" with a smirk on her face.

In "Here's Negan", Carol exiles Negan to Leah's Cabin after recognizing the rising tension between Negan and Maggie. Carol later lets him return to Alexandria, warning Negan that Maggie will kill him if he stays and that she was just trying to keep that from happening.

Hershel Rhee

"You and I, we have some unfinished business, don't we? I'll tell you what. You go back with your mom. Help her rebuild your home. And in a few years when you've grown up a bit... come find me. And I promise you we will settle it."
—Negan acknowledging Hershel's continued desire for revenge against him[src]

Negan at first doesn't have much an interaction with Hershel who's father he murdered. In turn, Hershel only knows that "a bad man" killed his father.

In "The Rotten Core", Negan rescues Hershel from Jake Daniels after he's captured, promising Maggie that something will have to happen to him before it happens to Hershel. Hershel quickly deduces that Negan is the man who murdered his father and tries to kill him in revenge, but Negan talks him down for the time being and starts crying. Recognizing that Hershel still wants revenge, Negan later tells him to find him in a few years if he wants to.

In "Acts of God", Maggie leaves Hershel in Negan's care while she fights Lance Hornsby and the Commonwealth Army. While Negan has no problem looking after the boy, he points out that Hershel still doesn't trust him. However, Negan saving Hershel's life has finally started to earn him Maggie's trust. Later, while emerging from the Whisperer Hideout, Hershel pushes Negan off of him when Negan tries to help him out before standing next to Annie and staring at him. The two exchange a look with Negan seemingly hurt by Hershel's continuing hatred of him.


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  • Negan is the fourth major recurring primary antagonist in the TV Series, the first being Shane Walsh, the second being Philip Blake, the third being Gareth, the fifth being Alpha, and the sixth being Lance Hornsby.
    • Negan has the most appearances in the TV Series, appearing in more than 50 episodes alive (including the dream sequence in "Honor" and the hallucination sequence in "What We Become"), out of the other major recurring primary antagonists.
    • Negan is the first major recurring primary antagonist to appear in more than three and a half seasons, making him the longest major recurring primary antagonist on The Walking Dead.
    • Negan holds the longest lifespan of any antagonist in the series, lasting more than 75 episodes.
    • Negan is the first major recurring primary antagonist to interact with another major recurring primary antagonist; Dee.
    • Negan is currently the only major recurring primary antagonist to kill another major recurring primary antagonist; Dee.
    • Negan is currently the only major recurring primary antagonist to renounce his antagonistic ways.
  • The casting call for this character used the name Orin.
    • Negan was described as "30s to Mid 40s. A physically imposing, charismatic, brutal, smart, ferocious, frightening, hilarious, inappropriate, oddly friendly, fun loving sociopath that is both a leader of men and a killer of men. He has both a practical and emotional intelligence, he's a brilliant strategist, he's pure, dangerous, murderous, often gleeful, that still has both discipline and a code. And he has a temper that can vaporize people. He's truly one of the strongest personalities ever."
    • The name is likely a reference to the character, Orin, from Little Shop of Horrors, who is also a sociopathic sadist who wears a leather jacket.
  • Henry Rollins, who partially inspired the character's design, auditioned for the role. However it was ultimately handed down to Jeffrey Dean Morgan instead.[7]
    • Matthew Lillard revealed that he auditioned for the role and was one of the final candidates, before Morgan was cast. Other actors who auditioned include Ritchie Coster, Garret Dillahunt, Timothy Olyphant, Jon Hamm and Matt Dillon.
  • Negan was originally called Nagus by Robert Kirkman: "Every now and then I just make up a word and then I look it up and it's a name. So he was Nagus for a long time, and then I realized that the Ferengi high commander on Deep Space Nine was called the Grand Nagus. And I was like, 'Oh, that's where I got that! Oh, okay. Uhh, maybe he's Negan.' So that's how that happened".
  • Just like his comic counterpart, Negan's signature weapon is a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire he calls "Lucille".
    • Negan very rarely uses a gun, preferring his baseball bat.
  • Upon describing the character, Kirkman stated that "Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that's going to be dropped onto the show and the show will probably never be the same after that".
  • Negan's outfit was designed by costume designer Eulyn Womble, who custom made his jacket, belt and hand wraps in order to specifically match his comic book counterpart.[8]
  • Upon discussing Negan's foul-mouthed nature, Jeffery Dean Morgan stated: "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. It's very important because, that's who he is. 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's first appearance in "Last Day on Earth" featured no use of the word "fuck" and Negan's general language was kept tame. However, in the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Season 6, his debut was partially a re-shot, featuring speech almost identical to his comic counterpart.
  • According to Kirkman, he expressed that Negan and Rick share several similarities as the pair have even been described as 'two sides of the same coin, only Negan's moral compass is a little more out of whack'.[9]
  • Negan currently possess the largest kill count out of any character on The Walking Dead, with a total of at least 230 victims.
    • Negan currently possess the highest kill count of any antagonist encountered on The Walking Dead.
  • In an interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, upon being questioned regarding any insight into Negan's backstory, he elaborated that Kirkman is creating a prequel story solely dedicated to the character titled Here's Negan. Morgan expressed hope of divulging into this, however nothing is confirmed as of yet. Scott Gimple has stated he has an idea to show Negan's backstory however it's unknown when it will be shown.
    • In November 2020, it was confirmed that an episode of Season 10 would be titles "Here's Negan", thus confirming the adaption.
  • Negan despises sexual violence. This is shown when he kills David for attempting to rape Sasha.
  • Negan exhibits several symptoms of what is known as a God complex, living a life of total and uninhibited dominion over any form of life he sees, people who will follow his every command.
  • He is one of only three characters introduced in Season 6 confirmed to be alive, along with Scott and Kyle.
  • As of "No Other Way", Negan is one of only three named former Saviors confirmed to be alive, the others being Eugene and Gracie.
  • Negan's imprisonment by Rick bares many similarities to the Crazed Man, the leader of a group of bandits and rapists who took over Terminus and tortured the residents there though he, like Negan, was eventually defeated and imprisoned as punishment for the atrocities he committed.
    • Ironically, the Crazed Man was even mistaken by many fans to actually be Negan during his brief appearance in "No Sanctuary".
  • Negan has officially killed more main characters than any other antagonist both directly and caused. He is responsible for the deaths of 5 main characters: Abraham Ford, Glenn Rhee, Spencer Monroe, Simon, and Alpha.
    • Negan is also the first main antagonist to kill more than one main character in one episode (Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee), with the second being Dee.
  • Negan was revealed as a playable guest character in the video game Tekken 7, produced by Namco, during EVO 2018. He is part of the season two pass of DLC content for the game.[10]
    • Negan also has his own stage in the game, titled "Last Day on Earth" based off the first appearance of Negan in the TV show.
    • Negan's reveal trailer mirrors a scene where Negan bangs at the Alexandria Safe-Zone's gates in the Season 7 episode "Service" and demands to be let in. It also features one of his quotes from his debut scene in Season 6's "Last Day on Earth".
    • Negan is also a playable character in other media such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile, Magic: The Gathering, and Brawlhalla.
  • He is one of nine people known to have seen Beta's face.
  • Negan is mentioned by name in the Fear the Walking Dead episodes "Honey" and "J.D.".
  • In "Here's Negan", his surname is confirmed to be Smith.

International Dubbers

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Jiří Schwarz Eastman
French Jérémie Covillault N/A
German Charles Rettinghaus N/A
Hungarian Csankó Zoltán N/A
Italian Fabrizio Temperini N/A
Japanese Akio Ōtsuka N/A
Portuguese Cássius Romero Steven Edwards
Spanish (Latin America) Pedro Ruiz Rick Grimes ("Sick"-3B)
Shane Walsh (1-2)
Spanish (Spain) Iñaki Crespo Big Tiny

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