The Walking Dead revealed a big answer to one of the bigger fan questions had since his character was introduced.
Sunday delivered a really strong episode of The Walking Dead as we are down to two more episodes left in season 8. While the season has been hit hard by critics, including me, this was a good episode that has me excited for the final two chapters of this season.
One of the highlights of “Still Gotta Mean Something” was the confrontation between Jadis and Negan in the junkyard. Jadis was holding Negan prisoner after she tied him up and held him at gunpoint after he escaped his fire battle with Rick two episodes ago.
During their standoff, Negan took ownership of what happened to her people at the hands of Simon. He didn’t mean for this to happen and he trusted the wrong person. He told her he’d settle it and I think that means Negan is bound to kill Simon before the season is up.
The standoff between the two also saw Negan show his humility more than we’ve ever seen before. The first hint at him being a decent human was when Rick told him about Carl. He expressed serious remorse and condolences about Carl’s death, not for Rick, but for the loss of Carl.
And he showed his human side when he told Jadis he didn’t want her to burn his trusty baseball bat named Lucille because it’s all he had left of his name, Lucille.
Lucille got Negan through life. He tried to get her through this zombie apocalypse. He didn’t succeed in that regard and now all he has left to remember of his wife is a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire that’s been used to kill Glenn, Abraham and who knows how many other people.
Some tribute to his dead wife.
This wasn’t entirely an earth-shattering revelation, as many fans likely were able to put this puzzle together, but I think I speak for countless fans when I say we want a flashback episode to see Negan and Lucille before the world went to s**t.
If Negan survives season 8, I hope we get that backstory in season 9.