The Walking Dead‘s 10th season closed out final Sunday with the sixth and remaining entry in its undead roster of bonus episodes filmed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The finale (entitled “This is Negan”) supplied an origin story for the baseball bat-loving Negan, who’s performed to nuanced perfection by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. For those who’ve learn the Strolling Useless comics by Robert Kirkman, then you realize that the Saviors started with a gathering between Negan and Dwight.
The present deviates from the supply materials by having Negan meet Laura (Lindsley Register) who knocks the character out with — what else? — a baseball bat as he makes an attempt to steal drugs for his dying spouse, Lucille. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Angela Kang admitted that the unique plan was to convey again Austin Amelio to play Dwight. Sadly, it did not work out attributable to a mix of the pandemic well being disaster and the capturing schedule for Concern the Strolling Useless, by which Amelio now co-stars as a daily.
“It would not have labored to convey him over,” she defined. “We had been like, ‘Okay, effectively let’s take into consideration our different Saviors and who’s a sympathetic former Savior. And most of them should not actually, however Laura was all the time a Savior that you simply go, like, ‘She does not appear that unhealthy.’ After which she joined our heroes till Beta killed her … She simply appeared like the correct particular person that matches that story the place you’d consider that she had a benign begin to the apocalypse, and principally Negan admired her for her power, and that is how she got here to cross with him.”
Whereas Kang was slightly disheartened that they could not be tremendous trustworthy to the comics, she was happy with the top consequence.
“On the finish of the day, I really actually like that it wound up being Laura, as a result of it helps me perceive how she got here to cross with Negan and be buddies with him. And but it was really easy to show her again to our hero facet,” the chief producer stated.
Manufacturing on the 11th and final season is now in manufacturing, with AMC planning to start out rolling out the final batch of episodes in late August. Season 11 will air between late 2021 and early 2022 earlier than spinning off right into a brand-new sequence that facilities across the highway adventures of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). Aso of note: According to Morgan, the primary present was not initially supposed to finish with the upcoming season.