Negan’s ‘Walking Dead’ TV Introduction Was Closer To The Comics Than You Realised

If you were among the legions of fans to get in a twist about The Walking Dead finale at the start of April, you may be surprised to find out that the final scene was closer to the comics than you gave it credit for. Apart from the presence of characters like Sasha (who doesn’t even exist in the comics) the season six finale’s last few minutes were, shot-for-shot, a replication of the storyboard that exists in the comic by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

In the final scene – spoiler alert – a brand-new villain called Negan, leader of a group of extortionate survivors called The Saviors, forces our heroes, led by Rick Grimes, down on their knees to punish them for killing a garrison full of his men. Brandishing his baseball bat, Lucille, he threatens to kill one of them. Check out the shot-for-shot comparison below, created by the folks at

What really upset people was that the identity of the victim, chosen by the old ‘eeny-meeny-miney-mo’ method, was held back for the season seven premiere, meaning we’re resting on a five-month cliffhanger. In the comics it’s Glenn, but the TV show has gone off-piste before. We’ve already tried to work out who else it might be. The actor who plays Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, has asserted he had no idea about the cliffhanger, so there’s no chance you can blame him – even if he does play “one of the greatest villains ever created in TV”, as exec producer David Alpert says.