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Gimple on Negan’s Introduction: “Faithful to the Comic Book inasmuch as One Can”


In one of his most vague interviews to date, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple sat down with Entertainment Weekly to tease Negan’s arrival in the Season 6 finale.

When questioned whether Negan’s introduction would mirror its comic book counterpart, Gimple responded in typical Gimple fashion: suggesting it’s possible that they followed the comic, but also possible that they didn’t. Sigh. Here’s what he had to say.

Let me put it this way: Whatever it is, it’s really just all in service to being faithful to the comic book inasmuch as one can. That’s always going to be relatively subjective as to what that means. But taking inspiration from the moments of the comic book and playing them out to the ends of what it can be, it’s all just like taking that moment from the book and figuring out a way to turn it up to get those feelings that it gave you and those emotions that it gave you that much more.

Sometimes we have things from the book that people who read the comics maybe see coming a mile away, and we try to adjust that so that we can give them the same feeling they had when reading the book, which might have been shock or surprise or fear, any of those things. It might be wildly different, but it’s all to get the same sort of feelings that you got when you read them. So will it be different? Absolutely. Will it be the same thing? Absolutely.

If we can infer anything from Gimple’s comments, he seems to suggest that regardless the path they chose for the finale, fans will take it equally as hard. So whether writers were completely true to the comics or did a total 180, we should expect a major gut punch.


Ryan Smith