The Walking Dead: 5 times, Negan tried to become a good guy and one time he failed

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has portrayed Negan since season 7 of The Walking Dead; now, he reprises the role in a spinoff, The Walking Dead: Dead City, currently filming its second season.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

One great debate within The Walking Dead fandom is whether or not Negan is a good or bad guy. Portrayed by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Negan was the former leader of the Saviors who, during that time was most definatly a bad guy. He entered the storyline with the famous lineup in which he bludgeoned Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cutlitz) with his favorite weapon dubbed Lucille, a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat.

Since then, he has done many things to try and redeem himself, which, in some viewer's eyes, he truly has, but others will never forgive him for Glenn & Abe and all the other evil deeds.

5 times Negan tried to be the good guy

Saved Judith Season 9, Episode 16 "The Storm"

Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

During season 9, the series featured a winter storm, which proved dangerous for all. Judith, who was left in charge of Dog, lost track of him and ran off during the snowstorm after hearing him bark. Negan, Rosita, and Siddiq chase after and have a difficult time finding her as the snow continues to fall. Negan is injured by debris thrown about by the wind, and then Dog alerts him to their location with his barking. He carries Judith on his shoulder while Dog, who is on the lead, comes with them, and they make it back safely.

This act went a long way with many viewers and when Negan tells Michonne he did it as she had already endured so much, this added to his path to redemption.

Kill Alpha Season 10, Episode 12, "Walk With Us"

Samantha Morton as Alpha, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

This episode finally answers the question of who let Negan out of his cell when he brings the head of Alpha to Carol. After the war on Hilltop, Negan tells Alpha he found what she was looking for: Lydia. He lures her to a cabin where she believes she will be reunited with her daughter. Instead, Negan slashes her throat, bringing her reign as leader of the Whisperers to an end.

This is another huge step in Negan's path to becoming a better person.

Saved Daryl from Whisperers Season 10, Episode 14, "Look at the Flowers"

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC /

Negan would come to Daryl's aid after he killed Alpha, and the Whisperers, looking for their next leader assume it will be Negan. Daryl, who doesn't know Negan isn't on the side of the Whisperers awaits his fate. Then, in another good guy move, Negan turns on the Whisperers, saving Daryl.

Of course, this one gave Negan points with fans of Daryl Dixon!

Saved Sasha Season 7, episode 15, "Somthing They Need"

Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

When Sasha was held captive by the Saviors, David told her she could have water if she had sex with him. She head-butted him, which angered him, and he comes at her unbuckling his pants. Luckily, Negan came upon the scene and prevented this, reminding David that rape is forbidden in the Sanctuary. He apologized, but Negan still stabs him in the neck.

Many argue that Negan rapes the woman he forced into being his wives, so doing this was great for Sasha, but still didn't excuse him for his own actions.

Killed Brandon in revenge from mom and son Season 10, Episode 5 "What It Always Is"

Blaine Kern III as Brandon- The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

Negan's super fanboy Brandon was a real piece of work. He thought he could become a Savior if he could talk Negan into finding a new Sanctuary. Brandon heard stories, true and untrue, regarding Negan during his years of leadership and worshiped the man he was. Negan was genuinely annoyed with him telling him to go wherever he wants as long as "I don't have to see that pasty, creepy-ass face of yours ever again." When Brandon, believing it was a test from Negan, murders a mother and son Negan was trying to help, Negan had enough of him and beats him to death with a rock.

This episode also gave us this kick-ass walker kill.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

Perhaps Negan had good intentions but he failed

Cooked Spaghetti, but abused Olivia Season 7, Episodes 8 & 9, "Sing Me a Song" & "Hearts Still Beating"

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Ann Mahoney as Olivia - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

These events took place across two episodes, but basically, Negan was trying to take over Rick's house and prove he could be a better dad to Judith and Carl while he waited for Rick to return to Alexandria. He did comfort baby Judith and feed Carl spaghetti (in episode 9), his treatment of Olivia can't be overlooked. He was awful to her, commenting on her weight and proposing they have sex, which earned him a rightful slap to the face.

Of coure this did occur before he began his path to redemption, but its a fail nontheless.


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