Why Negan's ruining The Walking Dead

We get it, Negan's a bad guy.

Like a lot of Walking Dead fans I was looking forward to meeting Negan. He's such a major character in the comics and when the part was cast you thought this will be interesting.
If only.

Since his introduction Negan has ruined the show for me and I'm not alone.

Before he was first seen on screen we heard cast regulars saying how mesmerizing Jeffery Dean Morgan is in the role. But if he's so good, why is the world's most popular TV show losing so many viewers?

Sure not seeing most of our favourites on screen each week doesn't help - but then, maybe letting the cast do other things is the only way to keep them?

We need more King Ezekiel and less Negan.

These so called bottle episodes have mainly fallen flat, apart from one. Hey, why give us just one episode of King Ezekiel, Chiva, court jester Jerry and rebellious Richard who the King saved from Negan's bunch of thugs?

Glenn's grisly death put off viewers.
Glenn's grisly death that was seen as too sick by some with the double whammy of losing Abraham first also delivered a right punch in the gut. Some viewers said they wouldn't be watching again.

But it's having the show that's strength has been its strong characters like Carol, Rick, Michonne and Daryl, centre around just one man that's really screwing with the Walkerverse.

For one thing, Negan's predictable posturing has got boring. There's no surprises. He's the Big Bad Wolf who's gonna blow everyone's house down. He's the panto villains who never says something in a word where twenty will do.

Negan's bullying of Daryl Dixon is getting old. 

He's got fan favourite Daryl Dixon as some kind of janitor, shuffling about in rags.

And he kills boy children as young as eleven according to the Oceansiders.

And that's the thing about Negan - he's too extreme and it wouldn't surprise you to find out he eats babies too.

Bow to Negan? Give me a break.

He's not a leader. He's the biggest bully the show has ever had. Watching him make a man like Rick Grimes cower and Daryl Dixon walk around in rags is not what I want to be watching. Nor is hearing about his wives - women forced to sleep with him in exchange for keeping their loved ones safe.

What do I want to see on the show? How about this-
When the two D's, Daryl and Dwight were alone in that room with Negan and he was boasting about sleeping with Dwight's wife and contributing to the death of his wife's sister, they could and should have tried to kill Negan.

Dwight could have let Daryl go then come out roaring, "The prisoner killed Negan." Then he could have taken over.

Dwight could have teamed up with Daryl and killed Negan.

At the end of the day, Negan is just one man. He can die like everybody else. Yet he's treated like he's untouchable.

But the worst thing about the baseball bat wielding thug isn't his grinning thuggery that's all done with a tremendous amount of bragging and long winded speeches, it's that in Negan's world the threat from walkers seems have been extinguished and he's the biggest threat to civilization.

Here we have a zombie show where the undead are getting less and less terrifying as the show goes on and one character is the source of all the fear.

It's time The Walking Dead's makers realised it's a show about zombies and not about a smug thug with a baseball bst named after his dead wife Lucille.

Blame dumb ass Rick for Glenn's death not Daryl Dixon

Daryl wasn't the dumb ass.

Wow, that was a shocker of an episode. (If you haven't watched the season 7 Walking Dead premiere please stop reading as there's spoilers ahead.)

When Glenn got his comic book death, it was Daryl who some folk blamed after he punched Negan for killing Abraham. The reasoning I guess, is that if he hadn't done that Glenn would have still been alive.

But, is fan favourite Daryl really the dumb ass here? 

No. To me, its Rick Grimes. The leader the group would follow anywhere who made the biggest mistake of all - not knowing his enemy.

I might have been in the majority here, but I'm glad Daryl landed a punch on the most evil character in The Walking Dead so far. And that's saying a lot when you remember how the cannibal Terminus lot saw other survivors (including children) as food.

Why blame Rick? 
When they all had the meeting in the church to discuss taking on Negan's Saviors (Season 6 episode 12 "Not tomorrow yet"), only Morgan suggested talking to them first, which might not have been such a bad idea. They would have been able to see the lay of the land. Find out just how big an army he had.

Heck, they might actually have found out what this big, bad Negan looked like.

Even Rick admitted he knew how dangerous the Saviours were in the church meeting - "These saviors they almost killed Daryl, Sasha and Abraham on the road. Now sooner or later they would have found us, just like those wolves did, just like Jesus did. They would have killed someone or some of us and they would try to own us and we would try to stop them."

Then he emphasised that the decision to go after Negan and the saviors "needs to be a group decision."

So, who stepped up and said, "Hey, going in without knowing much is stupid, Rick"?

What about soldier Abraham? Where was he with his words of advice?

Why no reconnaissance? Soldiers don't blunder in, they have battle plans. Where was Abraham's?

Sasha was a firefighter in her old life. That's a job that takes a tremendous amount of discipline and planning. Yet she forgot everything when it came to the chat in the church.

Michonne is a planner. Rick would have listened to her.

Same goes for Daryl.

Morgan was the only one who spoke up about Negan plan. 

Only Morgan stepped up and said his piece. His advice about talking to the saviors first was a bad idea. Maybe then they'd have learnt that taking on Negan and his mob wasn't something they could do alone.

Rick and all the others ignored Morgan. They went in blindly, even taking pregnant Maggie along and murdered Negan's men in their compound whilst they slept.

Rick killed him thinking he was Negan.

Heck, Rick even executed a man they thought was Negan without checking out who he was first.

For the first time we started to think, hey, maybe Rick and his group of survivors are the bad guys.

Ultimately though, it was Rick being a dumbass - as Glenn famously called him in season one when he saved them from encroaching walkers - that ultimately led to the death of two of the show's most iconic characters.

He was the leader without a proper plan. He didn't even know who Negan was.

He certainly does now.

Footnote for Rick - you get the group together and people alive, but you can't always succeed. Remember this -

It's not the getting knocked down, it's the getting back up again.
The world needs Rick Grimes.