Negan certainly went through character evolutions over the course of the original series, starting the show as its most hated character and ending it with, at the very least, a good backstory and heartfelt apology. “The Walking Dead: Dead City,” however, might allow the character even more room to grow, as it focuses squarely on two characters instead of one large ensemble. “We took a deep dive into Maggie and Negan that we’ve never been able to do before,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan told Decider, “and to do it in this new environment […] it’s a great starting point for a new show.”
In the show’s six-episode first season (Decider’s interview hints there could be more, though the series was first announced as a limited series), this deep dive will apparently involve to give us more information about Negan’s backstory. The character’s pre-apocalypse life was already memorably explored in a season 10 episode of the flagship series, in which we learned that his Lucille baseball bat was named after a real person (his wife, who died in earth-shattering circumstances years earlier). Still, Morgan said Newsweek fans will “learn a little more about Negan’s life before ‘Walking Dead'” in the new series, which the first episode didn’t yet hint at.