However, Kang’s expressed hope for the Saviors’ origin story to manifest in The Walking Dead tv universe has an apparent would-be platform, the introduced anthology collection, Tales of the Walking Dead, which, per chief content material officer Scott M. Gimple’s assertion this previous September, will showcase “brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies.” At that point, a tv adaptation of the “Here’s Negan” story appeared like a prime candidate for Tales to deal with, however AMC’s choice to spice up the pandemic-pushed conclusion of Season 10 with the recently-aired sextet of social-distancing-adherent “bonus episodes” necessitated extra quick mining of that comedian materials. Thus, with most of Negan’s post-widower, pre-All-Out-War odyssey in the undead world not but lined, “Here’s Negan” stays a prime supply of potential materials for the growing anthology providing.
Pertinently, one in all the extra notable alterations to the “Here’s Negan” episode noticed Negan’s preliminary assembly of eventual Saviors members Dwight (Austin Amelio) and spouse Sherry (Christina Evangelista) nixed in lieu of assembly—and finally rescuing—one other future Savior (and eventual Alexandria resident), Laura (Lindsley Register), who’s depicted right here as a younger, philanthropic survivor alongside her father, Franklin (Miles Mussenden). While comic-savvy followers have been left interested by the option to swap Dwight and Sherry for Laura and Franklin, Kang reveals that it wasn’t artistically motivated. Rather, it was the results of the pandemic’s have an effect on on the taking pictures schedule of spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, on which Austin Amelio’s Dwight is now a part of the essential forged.
“The scheduling did not work with Fear the Walking Dead because usually we’re not on the exact same filming schedule,” says Kang. “But because COVID pushed everything, it wouldn’t have worked to bring [Amelio] over.” Indeed, Kang laments the comedian divergence, stating, “We wanted to bring back somebody that was a former Savior. And this is no knock against our Laura, we love that actor and she’s wonderful, and it worked out great. But our original desire was to get Dwight because obviously Dwight is who appears in the Here’s Negan comic.”
Of course, in 2019, Amelio’s Dwight grew to become the second mothership character—after Lennie James’s Morgan—emigrate over to Fear, and stays a common as the collection resumes its sixth season later this month. Yet, as the grip of the pandemic slowly loosens amidst widespread vaccinations, the thought of Amelio (and Evangelista) being out there to shoot for Tales of the Walking Dead appears more and more possible. Thusly, the remainder of “Here’s Negan” can nonetheless play out correctly, with a tough-but-jaded Negan (who’ll presumably cross paths with Laura once more), assembly up with a core group of survivors initially led by Dwight, who he usurps utilizing charisma and plain confidence, taking all of them down the darkish, totalitarian path we finally noticed on the essential collection.
There are nonetheless vital checkpoints to succeed in earlier than the Saviors story presumably will get advised, since the Commonwealth-dominated eleventh and closing season of The Walking Dead is scheduled to premiere on AMC on Sunday, August 22. In the meantime, those that might need been disenchanted by the lack of Dwight in “Here’s Negan” can get their fill of the character when spinoff Fear the Walking Dead premieres the second half of its sixth season on AMC on Sunday, April 11.