The suffering of Rick Grimes and the others in the hands of Negan is not yet over. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has confirmed that Negan will still be around beyond The Walking Dead Season 7.
Morgan revealed at The Howard Stern Show that Negan will be returning in Season 8. “I know I will be on board for Season 8. We’ve finished [Season 7] a week ago,” the actor said as cited by ComicBook.
Morgan also teased that viewers should expect more of the villain this season. Negan was noticeably absent in the last two episodes of The Walking Dead Season 7. Morgan said the leader of The Saviors will be part of the last two episodes of the hit series before it takes the mid-season break.
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead Season 7 ratings have been consistently dropping. The show dropped from 12.5 in Episode 2 to just 11 million viewers in Episode 5. In comparison, about 17 million viewers tuned in to see who Negan killed in The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere.
News Everyday pointed out a couple of speculations about the rating drop. Apparently, some fans were not pleased with the show’s slow pace- from the second episode up to the most recent. The site noted that one possible reason why TWD showrunners made the post-premiere episodes a little bit slow was because of the brutality of the season premiere itself. It added that TWD may have giving fans time to breathe as a war is about to come soon.
The new trailer for The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 7, titled Sing Me A Song, suggests that a war is coming and it could be between Rick and Negan. The clip showed Rick is on a supply run with Aaron. What he doesn’t know that that Carl is on the way to see Negan.
In Episode 8, a showdown between Carl and Negan is expected since this is what happened in the comic series.