Rick Grimes may think that he's eliminated a threat on The Walking Dead, but fans know better. Until Jeffrey Dean Morgan shows up, don't believe anybody who claims to be his character. Why do The Saviors say "we are all Negan" on The Walking Dead ? This killer group took a turn for the creepy in Sunday night's episode.
We learned that the Saviors not only follow Negan, but all claim to be him. "Sweetie, we are all Negan," is what the women (who looked and smoked like members of The Guilty Remnant from The Leftovers) holding Maggie and Carol said to them, ominously. Later, Rick's prisoner Primo also claims Negan's identity right before getting shot in the head. Is this some kind of weird Spartacus thing? Are they all claiming to be Negan to protect his identity? Is it a way to share responsibility for everything they've done?
I don't think that's the case. These are a ruthless people that seem to be able to take care of themselves. I think this had more to do with their group's way of life and post-apocalyptic beliefs. It's also a phrase from the Walking Dead graphic novels, which could be a clue.
So far on The Walking Dead, Negan and The Saviors have not seemed like as much of a cult as they are in the comics, where they worship Negan. In the source material, he has multiple wives, and "decorates" his camp with zombie heads on pikes. On the AMC series, however, they've been portrayed as more of a biker gang and live in a building that more resembled army barracks than anything more mystical.
This is the first glimpse we've gotten on the TV series of any kind of specific ideology and the group's thoughts on Negan. I like that The Walking Dead is showing restraint with this character and unspooling information about him slowly, though it makes me all the more nervous for what's coming next.
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