The Walking Dead has hit back after a confused fan site pointed out what they considered to be a plot hole.
In a recent episode of the hit AMC series’ tenth season, a seemingly reformed Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) – the show’s former antagonist who controversially killed Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) in season seven – made friends with a young boy after escaping from his cell in Alexandria.
The child is eventually killed by a teenage resident of Alexandria who, it soon becomes clear, idolises Negan for his past actions and believes that Negan wants him to prove himself by committing murder.
“I would never kill a boy,” Negan can be heard telling him.
One fan site, in an attempt to highlight a writing inconsistency, shared this quote alongside a still depicting the moment Negan was about to kill a teenage Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) back in season seven, but The Walking Dead’s official Twitter had the perfect reply, which you can see below.
We call that growth https://t.co/WGM9wlu0st— The Walking Dead on AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC)November 11, 2019
True enough, this season has shown an extremely different side to Negan who, following the series’ five-year time-jump, has struck up a friendship with Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming), the daughter of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
Morgan, who has played the character since season six, has relished the opportunity to play the villainous character a different way.
“To me, when Negan came out of the RV for the first time, we didn’t learn anything about him for two or three years, and that was hard,” he recently told fans at Walker Stalker Con Atlanta.
“I think this year [has given] me the opportunity to do a lot more as an actor, and I think it’ll give you guys a lot more opportunity to get to know who Negan is. You may hate it, but I like being able to play a more whole character.”
The Walking Dead continues in the US every Sunday on AMC and airs the following evening at 9pm on FOX and NOW TV in the UK.