When The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the back six episodes of Season 10, it can probably be assumed that Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko and Princess will be the characters furthest from their normal elements, since they were last seen being discovered by the armor-wearing Commonwealth soldiers. But Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan is also in for some uncomfortable moments, as he's set to come face-to-face with Maggie again, only as a free man. Plus, viewers will likely watch live through the death of his wife Lucille, the inspiration for his eponymous baseball bat.
After having released a selection of table reads featuring various cast members, AMC finally gave fans more official looks at what's on the way in the final Season 10 episodes. So let's go over the two big Negan visuals before diving into the teaser video.
Negan And Lucille
In a particularly inspired bit of casting that was partially inspired by pandemic-related decisions, The Walking Dead cast Jeffrey Dean Morgan's real-life wife Hilarie Burton Morgan to play Negan's long-dead wife Lucille. The character is making a live-action debut within the episode "Here's Negan," which will be a quasi-adaptation of the character's standalone backstory that was released in a collected comic form in 2017. Fans previously caught a quick glimpse of the character in the teaser trailer for the upcoming episodes after the long-delayed Episode 16.
Interestingly, Lucille was rocking green hair in the previous promo, and in the image seen above, her hair is all purple. Not necessarily the kind of woman I'd picture Negan going for, but I guess she can't just be made of wood and wrapped in barb wire. And speaking of Mr. Fuckity Fuck, what is that shirt about? After seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan rocking a leather jacket for so much of his time on The Walking Dead, it's a little jarring to see him in any kind of patterns. Especially ones that look like they match the tablecloth.
It's hard to know exactly how that episode will play out, but fans will almost definitely bear witness to some of Negan's darkest moments after Lucille gets sick and the world goes to hell around her. I'm here for it, though. They better not make Negan seem like an angelic soul before she dies, either.
Negan And Maggie
Presumably before viewers take a trip to the past for Negan and Lucille's relationship, we'll get to witness his first confrontation with Lauren Cohan's Maggie in years. And by all means, it likely won't be a peaceful affair, since the last thing she knew, he was locked up in a cell and still suffering for killing Glenn and causing Steven Yeun to exit the show. (Okay, the characters don't know who "Steven Yeun" is, so that part was me projecting.)
Negan luckily avoided Maggie's wrath upon her immediate return, during which she saved Father Gabriel, introduced everyone to her badass masked friend, and shared a lovely moment with Judith. But as teased in the image above, the two characters are definitely going to cross paths before Season 11 arrives, and I almost wouldn't put it past Maggie to shoot one of those arrows directly between his eyes. But she probably won't, because as vicious as Maggie can be, she's not immoral. So unless he finds a new way to piss her off to kingdom come, he might survive that encounter.
In the teaser trailer below, which matches characters with key pieces of dialogue, Negan's moment features him saying the line, "I didn't escape, if that's what you're thinking." That line almost has to be aimed at Maggie, right? I guess we'll have to wait and see whether or not she gives a shit.
Joining lots of other horror shows on the way in 2021, The Walking Dead will return to AMC for the final six episodes of Season 10 on Sunday, February 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET. And, of course, stay up-to-date with everything coming to the small screen soon with our Winter and Spring TV premiere schedule.