To paraphrase the hit film Step Brothers: did Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) simply grow to be greatest pals???
Okay, “greatest pals” could be a little bit of a stretch, however — and spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 3 “Hunted” previous this level — it’s clear that the duo are undoubtedly being purposefully thrust collectively by the present. Within the episode, after new villains The Reapers assault our group, everyone seems to be scattered, with Maggie particularly being hunted (therefore the episode’s title) by the masked, militaristic group.
Whereas on the run with an injured Alden (Callan McAuliffe), Maggie bumps into the equally fleeing Negan, and has a option to make: depart Alden behind with solely a knife to guard him, whereas Maggie and Negan go for assist; or carry Alden with them and nearly assuredly get killed by the Reapers. It’s a virtually unimaginable selection, however in the end Maggie chooses what’s greatest for the group: leaving Alden. And regardless of a transparent choice for what Maggie finally ends up deciding, Negan leaves that option to her.
This all ties neatly into what the first focus of a minimum of the primary eight episodes of this ultimate season can be, as Strolling Lifeless showrunner Angela Kang beforehand informed Decider.
“The dynamic between Maggie and Negan is basically actually attention-grabbing to us as writers,” Kang famous. “And hopefully, will probably be attention-grabbing to followers who surprise what’s going to occur between them, too… In some methods they’ve moved in the direction of one another, and their philosophies. If he was a lot darker, and he or she was a lot lighter, they usually began going in the direction of the center… They’ve many factors of settlement on sure issues, however they simply can’t stand one another or belief one another, due to the previous.”
That previous, in fact, is Negan murdering Maggie’s husband Glenn (Steven Yeun), amongst many different crimes. However whereas Maggie has been gone on her walkabout for the previous few seasons, Negan has been steadily working in the direction of a type of redemption. Not a full one, as a result of not even he would suppose he may be totally redeemed for his crimes; however a minimum of some type of acceptance by the group at giant. Maggie missed all that, so her personal understanding of who Negan is now, and the way he’s modified is lower than pace with the remainder of the group.
And as Kang says, Maggie has additionally been modified by her time within the wilderness, and the 2 are going to have to comprehend they’re extra related than they suppose. That’s undoubtedly what we’re headed in the direction of on the finish of the episode, which finds Maggie and Negan headed off within the woods collectively. Will they discover that frequent floor after saving one another’s lives (most definitely) subsequent week? Probably. Will they grow to be greatest pals? Possibly. Will they grow to be… Lovers?
Uh, in all probability not on the final one, although if The Strolling Lifeless desires to regain a few of that outdated buzz, having Negan interact in one other stunning romance could be the way in which to try this. However no matter occurs subsequent, Negan and Maggie are headed down the identical path collectively. And that’s an enormous change from even the season premiere, which discovered the previous baseball bat wielding villain leaving her to die.So perhaps they’re not as tight as Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers. However hey, even these two dudes began out hating one another.
The Strolling Lifeless airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC, and per week early on AMC+.
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