Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10 E22

6 Apr

In this week’s season finale episode, Negan is banished from Alexandria and we get to learn about his past, and the saintly Lucille.

Here’s Negan

That smile can melt the hardest heart, or send shivers of fear down your spine depending on what mood Negan is in. Jeffery Dean Morgan was, and is the best choice to play Negan. Over the course of a few seasons, we have gone from hating this character to including him into the very selective membership of Team Rick.

After Carol tricks Negan onto a hunting excursion, she breaks the news to him. Stay at the cabin and don’t return to Alexandria because Maggie will kill him. We really can’t blame Maggie. She hasn’t been around to see the new and approved version of Negan…but has Negan really changed? What was he like before the apocalypse?

Lucille

What did Negan’s baseball bat have to do with his past? After Negan digs up Lucille, we get a trip down memory lane. Negan truly loved his wife, Lucille (Hilarie Burton Morgan), but he was a bastard even back then. In the flashbacks, we learn that Negan was cheating on his wife. He also was a gym teacher who lost his job because he almost beat a man to death after the man’s loud talking prevented Lucille from listening to her favorite song on the jukebox. Negan was full of himself even before the apocalypse, and after losing his job, he was content to spend all day playing video games and purchasing an expensive leather jacket even though they had no money. Negan was the type of man that after he won your heart…he broke it like a spoiled child breaks their toys when they are bored. We see this in the flashbacks, and we say, “Yep, this is the Negan we know.” But we are soon shown the other side of Negan.

 Negan may have strutted around like a rooster, but his Lucille was the force that kept him grounded. Negan may have been the king of the roost, but Lucille was the queen of the chessboard. The flashbacks take place twelve years before the walkers began their search for brains, and they show how Negan lovingly takes care of Lucille who is fighting an aggressive cancer. Negan taught himself to give Lucille chemo treatments. Lucille on her part tried to hide her pain by wearing all these colorful wigs. Even attached to the IV bottle, Lucille comes to Negan’s rescue when a walker attacks Negan. It was funny to see Negan dressed covid pandemic style. After Lucille shoots the walker, they are left with one bullet. That bullet belongs to Lucille for when the cancer gets too hard to handle.

Consequences

When the three remaining chemo treatments go bad because of the generator being turned off, Negan goes on the search for a traveling medical team that resemble a land bound Doctors without Borders. Lucille begs Negan to stay with her, and I think Lucille knows that the chemo is not working and that she will be dying soon, but Negan loves her and thinks that he can cure her. A severely dehydrated and starving Negan tries to rob the doctor, but Laura knocks him cold with a baseball bat, Yes, that bat and that Laura (Lindsley Register), who later becomes Negan’s trusted Lieutenants in the Saviors. Laura and the doctor get Negan back on his feet and send him home with bags of chemo solutions along with the bat for protection, but no good deed ever goes unpunished.

Conclusion

When Negan is captured by nasty bikers who are looking for drugs, he gives the location of the Med camper. Knowing that he has betrayed the very people who helped him, Negan goes home to find out that Lucille is now a walker. He should have stayed with her. She died alone. Lucille was the only person who saw the better side of Negan, and without her to keep him grounded…he becomes the Negan we all know. After burning down his house with walker Lucille inside, Negan dressed in his leather jacket takes his barbed wired bat to save the doctor and Laura.

**EMBARGOED FOR DALTON** Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Lindsley Register as Laura-The Walking Dead_Season 10, Episode 22-Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Present day finds Negan giving Lucille the bat the proper funeral that he was unable to give his wife. Wrapped in a shroud of sorts, Lucille the bat is burned as Negan finds the closure he needed. Negan returns to Alexandria, but which Negan is it? He comes walking back with that old swagger, and even though Carol tells him that she will not be able to protect him from Maggie…Negan just smiles…

Which Negan has returned? Should Maggie be worried? Will Negan live up to Lucille’s expectations?  The Walking Dead just got a hell more interesting…AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!

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