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    Hilarie Burton Cast As Negan's Wife Lucille

    The Walking Dead has found its Lucille. Negan's wife will be played by Hilarie Burton, guest starring in one of the additional six episodes coming to AMC in early 2021. Burton is the real life wife to Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the two have already begun working on an episode together in Georgia. AMC exclusively confirmed the casting to ComicBook.com as Burton will be billed as a "guest star" for her work with the AMC series. Fans of The Walking Dead comic which the AMC zombie series is based on likely have an accurate picture of what to expect.

    In Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comics, Negan was married to a woman named Lucille prior to the end of the world. In the final days of the normal world, Lucille was battling cancer. The marriage was not traditional, as Negan had been having an affair which his wife was aware of prior to her diagnosis. Following the diagnosis, Negan wanted to spend as much time with his wife as possible, ultimately calling his affair off and dedicating all of his time to Lucille. When Lucille passed away, the moment of death came nearly simultaneously to the world falling and the zombie virus beginning to spread. Lucille reanimated as a walker in her hospital bed.

    As the story goes, Negan named a baseball bat which he used to protect himself and others after his late wife. The infamous bat has since appeared on The Walking Dead. How far into the Here's Negan prequel comic The Walking Dead will go remains to be seen. The six episode run in early 2021 will, to some degree, follow an anthology format by focusing on individual characters or small groups of characters with each new hour. Negan's backstory seems to be the focus of one of these hours.

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    Makes sense that the bonus episodes would focus on the Maggie/Negan drama. Because you don't really want to start another arc. But you also need something that feels bigger than The Whisperers. And the hatred Maggie has for Negan cums from arguably the biggest moment of the entire show. Negan killing her husband/the father of her child right in front of her and having fun doing it. Glenn was a long lasting fan favorite season 1 character. If you can't get Rick back the biggest storyline you can do that fans are actually invested in is dealing with the shit between Maggie and Negan. Like, that's arguably bigger than the final arc of the source material if you can't include Rick. The only reason it couldn't be the final arc is because even though it's big and important it's not really something you can get many episodes out of. So we're basically getting a bonus Season 1 sized 6 episode season added to Season 10.

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    I had hoped for eight episodes instead of six, but I'll take what they're offering. The promise of the Negan and Lucille backstory is something more exciting than this show has done in a long time, and I've been pretty happy with the last couple of seasons (except the season 10 finale).

    Aside from the fact that I'm glad to see shows starting up again, I'm pleased to see something new and refreshing from a storyline angle.

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