The Walking Dead season 10 episode 22 review: “Made Negan a character we’re not just invested in, but actively rooting for”

The Walking Dead season 10’s bonus episodes have been hit or miss, so thank goodness that the six week run ended on a high. Adapting the much-loved Here’s Negan spin-off volume from the comics, the writers have done the impossible with the show’s latest finale – made Negan a character we’re not just invested in, but actively rooting for. 

That’s largely thanks to a combination of a great script and two brilliant performances from both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and his on-screen (and real life) wife, Hilarie Burton Morgan, playing Lucille. Yep, that’s right, we finally learn the origin story of Negan’s terrifying baseball bat, and the significance behind its name. While fans of the comic books have long been familiar with the weapon’s legacy, “Here’s Negan” still offers plenty of big moments, regardless of how much you know going in.  

The episode’s nested loop structure, in which we venture further and further down a rabbit hole of stories told within stories, makes for the kind of pacey, dynamic viewing that we rarely see from The Walking Dead, working brilliantly as a way of showing us all the different sides of Negan in his journey towards antihero status. 

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Not only do we get another rare glimpse of The Walking Dead’s pre-pandemic world (no, not that pandemic), but Dean Morgan plays Negan at his most pathetic and vulnerable; whether that’s the selfish biker who misses his wife’s hospital appointment to cheat on another woman, or the guilt-ridden coward desperately trying to make up to her in the early weeks of the outbreak. The pair’s natural chemistry endears us to their relationship, too, and becomes all the more heart-breaking once things inevitably go awry after Lucille’s chemotherapy medicine is lost. 

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