Warning: There are spoilers ahead for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season nine mid-season premiere, “Adaptation.”
Negan escapes Alexandria. Among the places he travels to is a wide open area.
Viewers may have overlooked that it’s the same exact spot where Negan killed two iconic “TWD” characters. Executive producer and episode director Greg Nicotero told INSIDER why that’s a crucial moment for the character.
Negan fled Alexandria and tried adjusting to life on the road on Sunday’s return of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” but it didn’t go over so well for him as he wound up heading back to his home of several years by the episode’s end. However, there’s one crucial detail you may have missed during Negan’s little journey of self-reflection.
About halfway through the episode, Negan escapes and heads to an open field. He takes off the shirt he’s wearing, one of Rick’s, and gets sick.
What you may not have realized is that it’s the same exact spot where Negan ruthlessly killed Abraham and Glenn at the end of season six and the season seven premiere.
“When I was scouting the locations, we were on the back lot of the studio. We drove right past that clearing and I said, ‘Wait a second. What if when Negan gets sick he finds himself in the clearing where Glenn and Abraham were killed?’ It literally brings Negan’s story all the way back to the beginning,” Nicotero told INSIDER of how it was decided to bring Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character back to that spot from years ago.
Nicotero said seeing Negan in the clearing now, years later, would give the character a moment to realize this was the place where all of his problems started with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
During the character’s introduction on the seventh season premiere, Negan bashed in the heads of Rick’s friends Abraham and Glenn with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire. The scene was particularly brutal, showing Glenn’s eye popping out, an image pulled straight from Robert Kirkman’s comic.
Though the scene stayed faithful to the comics, it was too much for some viewers. The episode received a lot of backlash from fans who found the brutality not only nauseating, but upsetting for appearing to glorify the killings of two fan favorites. As a result, executive producer Gale Ann Hurd told Variety they toned down …read more
Source:: Business Insider