Fan theories that explain how Negan got so damn evil help give viewers a glimpse into The Walking Dead’s most formidable villain (so far). Was he a cop, con artist, serial killer, sports nut, or just garden-variety asshole? At this point, does it even matter? Dude’s got complete mind control over everyone.
How exactly did Negan become Negan, though? Did a mild-mannered man become a killer after his wife, Lucille, died? Did something horrible happen to her and he snapped? Or did this new world of the dead suit him just fine – allowing him to finally just be himself?
What is Negan’s history? And how will that history help Rick and the gang find Negan’s Achilles heel? There’s just so many questions surrounding the mystery that is Negan. With Season 7 laid out before us, who knows if we’ll get a 90-minute episode that focuses on Negan’s past in the real world, loving Lucille and teaching kids ping-pong? Here’s hoping it happens!
Keep reading below for fan theories on Negan’s past – before the apacolypse and immediately after it happened – and hints at what might motivate this monster, and why.