So it’s been a week since The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, and I already miss it. Let’s just say I have been in a really weird state because of it, since. Add a bit of lady problems to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a girl on a rollercoaster. Can I get off already, please. Haha.
Anyway I’m sure you have noticed that I have been bombarding my blog with TWD #WhoIsIt theories in an attempt to cool my mind down. I feel like it’s me spilling my guts out and just getting all my thoughts out there so that I can move on, and remain sane until October. Will I continue to check in on new theories that will most certainly come out, of course I will. But I am hoping that with this next post, I can give my brain a much needed rest and move on, and save the rest until the Season 7 premiere. Besides my blog is getting a bit oversaturated in walker blood.
In this post I will be analyzing Negan’s speech and his character’s introduction into the show. And then I will also touch upon the audio you hear when Negan makes his kill at the end of the episode and how it could be a hint as to who dies. Let’s get into it.
The Walking Dead 6×16 “Last Day on Earth”
Negan’s Speech Notes-
The minute Negan is introduced you instantly feel like you’re watching a show. I hate to admit but he is actually kind of oddly sexy. That’s weird, I know. But I mean, you know it’s true. In fact he enters from Rick and Company’s RV. Already establishing that he owns their shit, and yet he hasn’t even spoken a word yet.
His first words are thrown out in the form of few clever comments; “Pissing our pants yet? Oh boy do I have a feeling we’re getting close. Yea it’s gonna be pee pee pants city here real soon.”
What villain gets away with saying “pee pee pants city” in his introduction as a lethal villain?
Oh the kind that’s holding a bat covered in barbed wire. That’s who.
Negan is extremely calm, cool, collected, and funny. He’s actually humorous. So much so that it contradicts the severity of the situation. And it’s terrifying as hell. He’s charismatic for sure, and he draws you in. Physically, he’s a decent build, tall, he’s got a wicked cryptic smile and when he speaks you automatically have to listen, because there’s an instant fear that his threats are real. I mean it helps that he’s got an army the size of Texas too. Alone, yea I think Rick could take him, sure. But right now, in this moment, with this sudden power shift. Shit is dangerous.
As expected Negan’s long winded monologue is mostly directed toward Rick.
“You are so gonna regret crossing me in a few minutes. Yes you are.”
“Sucks don’t it? The moment when you realize, you don’t know shit.”
Rick’s face, says EVERYTHING.
“Today was career day. We invested a lot so you would know who I am and what I can do.”
Yea I imagine blocking every road with elaborate yet disturbing tricks takes time, resources and well man power.
“Alright listen. Don’t any of ya do that again. I will shut that shit down, no exceptions. The first one’s free, it’s an emotional moment. I get it.”- referring to Glenn’s outburst over Maggie.
You can see his humor here, yet you fear him, but you can almost feel he has humanity somewhere deep down inside to allow Glenn to be spared in that moment. However, the way he laughs Glenn’s fear off is terrifying which shows how lethal he is going to be as Rick’s new villain.
“You work for me now. You have shit, you give it to me. That’s your job.”
Oh this old speech. Haven’t we heard this before. Wait. It gets worse.
“You don’t mess with the new world order. The new world order is this-give me your shit or I will kill you.”
“Lighten up kid. At least cry a little.”-referring to Carl.
There was a definite interesting moment here. According to the comic, Negan develops a strange type or relationship with Carl. That’s definitely going to be interesting to watch, that is if Carl lives. #UhOh
“You thought you were safe. I get it. But the word is out. You are not safe.”
And now we are all shitting our pants. #shittypantscity
Negan’s backstory has yet to be written in full and for an introduction to this world, it had one hell of an impact, especially with his monologue leading to a punishment like no other. The whole sequence is basically about showing Rick that he is not safe, all the things he’s had to do to survive are just now catching up to him in this moment. Because Negan is a leader too, he has things he must do to survive, disturbing things. This is about tearing Rick Grimes down and making him realize that actions have consequences. The cocky “we can do anything” attitude has finally bit Rick in the ass this season.
The music and score throughout this entire sequence is so incredible, you hear the sounds of the night, and the strange rattlesnake like rumbles, as the tension builds, your stomach knots because you know things are certainly going South. The scene is detrimental enough just by the actors’ delivery, Negan’s cold tone as he parades across his line of victims, the sheer fear and trembling evident in our favorite survivors, it is all elevated through this vivid soundtrack.
When I first watched the Season 6 finale, the audio of the actual hit from Lucille which was placed upon someone in the lineup, wasn’t really clear. I didn’t really hear many sounds.
Then I re-watched and re-watched numerous times and I began to pick up on some sounds.
The background noise consists of chants, screams; both high pitched female screams and deeper masculine yells. Then there is the piercing sound we usually here when Rick is about to lose it. But I think that could be because now we are in that victim’s POV and they would certainly be hearing some strange feedback from being bludgeoned in the head with a bat. The sound is muffled as you hear Negan say “Would you look at that? Taking it like a champ,” laughing it off he strikes the person with another blow. You can hear grunts too, which I could assume is the person themselves, suffering. The grunts sound slightly manly. You can hear the impact of the bat, you can hear the gushing and the blood. It’s all highly painful.
It’s so disturbing and slightly confusing, because I believe the actors were not on set for the kill shot, or it hasn’t been filmed yet, or the actors don’t know who it actually is. The rumors are swirling and I honestly don’t know who knows or who doesn’t, or if it’s been filmed or not. Each cast member has been quoted saying something different in recent interviews, so I am sure they were coached on what to say and its all meant to be one big mystery. But if those screams and grunts are real, then were the actors just told to react, or were these things just dug up from other episodes and added in to serve as background noise. Whatever the case I think the blurred muffled hearing really put you there with that person. Accompanied with the first person POV, it’s like you were in that lineup with that person. Which I heard was Scott Gimple and Co.’s wish. So all that stress, that anxiety, yea we felt it.
So I’m going to leave this here. I left it all on the blog and now I am going to move on and hopefully get some peace from this overbearing situation. I need to feel normal again. Until October, my friends. We’ll miss you TWD.
P.S. Next week we will return to our regularly scheduled programming. #OnTheRun Part5