Who is Negan? | Zombie Education Alliance

Who is Negan? His Tragic Backstory Revealed

Image+ preview catalog’s ‘Here’s Negan’ reveals his painful origin story

Who is Negan? | Zombie Education Alliance

‘Here’s Negan’ is the tragic and heartbreaking backstory of the Walking Dead’s iconic psychopath and why his bat is named Lucille.

When The Walking Dead returns, we will find out in the seventh season premiere the answer to the sixth-season cliffhanger: Who does Negan beat to death with his baseball bat? There are two things we can count on: It will be horrific, and Negan’s victim will be bludgeoned to death by Lucille.

What we currently know about Negan from the television series is that Negan is the leader of the Saviors, a large survivor group that feeds off other groups through the use of intimidation and violence. We also know Negan is pissed off at Rick because Rick’s group killed at lot of Saviors members. Much like the comic, there is little backstory on Negan and how he formed his group and his compound called The Sanctuary. Perhaps Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will put some of Negan’s backstory into the seventh series, but that is yet to be seen.

Who is Negan? | Zombie Education Alliance

Television show paralleling the comic, as Kirkman promised.

So, Who is Negan? And why does he call his barbed wire wrapped wooden bat Lucille? And from where did he come and how did he form his survivor group? These questions are now being answered in ‘Here’s Negan’, a multi-part origin story presented four pages at a time (48 page total) in Image+ preview catalog as bonus content.

SPOILER. Don’t read if you don’t want to know why Negan named his bat Lucille.

So far, the backstory has covered 20 pages over five issues, giving us enough information to why his bat is named Lucille and why Negan likes the game of ping pong.

What has been revealed so far:

  • He has always been an asshole and uses the F-bomb frequently
  • He was a school gym teacher, who liked to challenge his students to ping pong
  • He was having an affair that his wife knew about
  • His wife collapsed in front of him and was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered she had cancer
  • Negan and his wife were at the hospital at the start of the zombie apocalypse
  • His wife died in the hospital and “turned”
  • Negan’s wife was named Lucille
Who is Negan? | Zombie Education Alliance

The Walking Dead #156: “King and Queen”

Who is Negan? | Zombie Education Alliance

Negan challenging his students to a game of ping pong in Negan’s Here: Chapter 1

If you are a fan of the Walking Dead comic’s antagonist Negan, then you’ll probably enjoy this special origin story. Though we are getting only snippets at a time of Negan’s painful past, Robert Kirkman (story) and Charlie Adlard (art) have done a good job with the story line so far, and the dialog and penciling are equal to the ongoing comic series.

Image+ preview catalog's 'Here's Negan' reveals his painful origin story 'Here's Negan' is the tragic and heartbreaking backstory of the Walking Dead's iconic psychopath and why his bat is named Lucille. When The Walking Dead returns, we will find out in the seventh season premiere the answer to the sixth-season cliffhanger: Who does Negan beat to death with his baseball bat? There are two things we can count on: It will be horrific, and Negan's victim will be bludgeoned to death by Lucille. What we currently know about Negan from the television series is that Negan is the leader of…

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Summary : The Walking Dead's iconic psychopath gets a full backstory and reveals Negan's emotional pain, tragic loss, his affection for ping pong, and why he named his bat Lucille.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.