The Walking Dead: What fate awaits Negan’s wives?

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) in The Walking Dead (2010).Photo: AMC
Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) in The Walking Dead (2010).Photo: AMC /

Love him or hate him, Negan has been a controversial villain for a number of reasons. One of which is the group of finely dressed women he calls his ‘wives’. Negan doesn’t force them to stay but if he isn’t the leader of The Sanctuary after the war concludes maybe they won’t.

Upon the last time we saw a few of the wives hanging about Eugene, they were still at The Sanctuary while Negan ambushes Alexandria and his Saviors take on the remnants of The Kingdom while creating a all too familiar road block to deal with The Hilltop.

But when the dust settles and the war is over, what will become of these privileged women?

The subject of Negan’s wives has been a touchy one. For those who are unfamiliar with the comics the show is based off of, we didn’t see any of these women until Season 7 in the episode “Sing me a Song”.

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) in The Walking Dead (2010).Photo: AMC
Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) in The Walking Dead (2010).Photo: AMC /

We meet the wives for the first time at The Sanctuary expressing similar reactions with Carl. Who are these women and why are they here?

In the group we recognize Sherry (Dwight’s wife), the newest addition as far as we know and perhaps Negan’s “favorite” of the wives. “Favorite” is used loosely because Negan’s interest in her in particular is noticeable however whether its pure interest or rather a way for him to constantly torment Dwight remains open ended.

We cannot speak for the “wives” as a whole however it is safe to assume that Sherry, Amber, Frankie and Tanya dislike Negan to the point Sherry left as soon as she saw opportunity enabling Daryl to escape and Amber, Frankie and Tanya asking for Eugene’s help after he discovered their true intentions for the poison pills.

Sherry (Christine Evangelista) Daryl (Norman Reedus) The Walking Dead (2010) Photo: AMC
Sherry (Christine Evangelista) Daryl (Norman Reedus) The Walking Dead (2010) Photo: AMC /

Negan’s rules are law at The Sanctuary with a strict code of conduct for every person present especially his wives. He’s providing them and their loved ones protection however at what cost?

We know Sherry agreed to become a wife to spare Dwight upon their return from a failed escape that cost Sherry’s sister, Tina her life. Sounds like Amber is there to protect her mother and boyfriend Mark.

But are the remaining wives there for the same reason or for the perks?

The wives are well aware of Negan’s colorful personality and the stakes this war is costing everyone involved. If Rick achieves victory what will become of those still alive at The Sanctuary?

Will the people join what’s left of Alexandria as we had seen back at the end of Season 3 when the remaining citizens of Woodbury moved into the prison (much to Carl’s dismay at the time)? Will they perhaps live in The Hilltop or The Kingdom?

Or will The Sanctuary thrive under new leadership and possibly new direction? If Rick fails Negan will take power back and surely be keeping the group of women if not willing to add one or two more to replace Sherry.

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We’d hope that the women would be welcome into a new group as long as they are willing to leave The Sanctuary behind. With all of that said, we have only gotten to know Negan’s wives in between a few episodes leaving us with the impression that anywhere is better than The Sanctuary.

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