The Strolling Lifeless showrunner Angela Kang says Season 10C’s adaptation of the Here is Negan comedian is devoted in some methods, however takes sure liberties.
“Here is Negan” — the sixth and closing bonus episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 10 — will delve into the backstory of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan, displaying how he went from a highschool gymnasium instructor to the brutal, barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat-wielding chief of the Saviors.
The episode shares a title with Here is Negan, a standalone quantity of the Strolling Lifeless comedian guide sequence by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn that additionally provided a have a look at the character’s origins. In response to The Strolling Lifeless showrunner Angela Kang, the tv present’s model of Negan’s backstory will likely be devoted to the comedian’s model in some methods, but in addition takes sure issues in a totally different course.
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Set to air in early April, “Here is Negan” not solely stars Morgan as Negan, but in addition the actor’s real-life spouse, Hilarie Burton, as Negan’s spouse, Lucille — who impressed the identify of the character’s signature baseball bat. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kang defined that the Strolling Lifeless workforce has been itching to adapt the Here is Negan comedian for some time now.
“It is one thing we have all the time been trying ahead to adapting at varied instances and gone, like, Oh, it is positively going to fall on this stretch,’ or, ‘It is positively down that stretch.’ It is simply form of moved round,” she stated. “And it felt like this was the proper time to do it right here as a result of we have been capable of tie it to one thing he is going by means of within the present timeline.”
When requested how shut the episode will hew to the comedian, Kang replied, “I am going to say that it is not precisely the identical as what folks have learn within the web page, as a result of to let you know the reality, we have instructed a few of these bits and items of story. We did not present it, however he is talked about his relationship with Lucille to varied folks. We form of took little bits and items over time. So once we checked out it, we have been like, ‘To do that, we form of want a really robust approach into it. What does it imply for him? And actually, like emotionally, what is the story that we will inform?'”
Nonetheless, Kang assures that “in some methods it’s extremely true to the comedian, in that it’s true to the spirit of the love that he has for Lucille, however there’s lots in our adaptation that’s unique to the present, however in a approach that I believe helps the identical form of emotional journey that I believe he takes on the web page.” She says there are even sure traces which might be “virtually straight out of the guide, which people who find themselves comedian followers will acknowledge,” although there are additionally “different issues the place we have made some totally different selections, however that hopefully will nonetheless be actually cool.”
The Strolling Lifeless Season 10 premiered on Oct. 6, 2019. It was initially slated to conclude on April 12, 2020, however the finale was delayed to Oct. 4 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) state of affairs. It was then introduced that the season can be getting six bonus episodes, bringing Season 10 to a complete of twenty-two episodes. The primary of those bonus episodes, “Residence Candy Residence,” is already accessible for AMC+ subscribers and can make its cable debut on AMC this Sunday, Feb. 28. “Here is Negan” will wrap issues up on April 4. The Strolling Lifeless will return for its eleventh and closing season someday later this 12 months.
The Strolling Lifeless stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton and Cooper Andrews. Season 10 returns Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on AMC. The primary bonus episode is already accessible for AMC+ subscribers.
Supply: Entertainment Weekly
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