Issue 100 of The Walking Dead was released in July of 2012. It was the issue that introduced Negan. It’s safe to say that, in the years since that issue was released, seeing how the television show would replicate Negan’s introduction has been the most anticipated moment on the series. Comics readers have waited nearly four years. Those who don’t read the comics have nevertheless probably known about Negan for at least the last two years. Speculation about who he would kill in his first appearance has been running hot since the announcement that Jeffrey Dean Morgan would play the character in November. That was five months ago.
For five months, all that anyone wanted to know was: Who will Negan kill? We knew Glenn died in the comics, but given the fact that Glenn has already had a number of scares with death this season, we thought it might be someone else. Maybe Daryl? Maybe Carol? Or Morgan? Or Carol? Or even Michonne?
Negan was finally introduced in tonight’s season finale, “Last Day on Earth,” but we’re still going to have to wait another nearly 7 months to find out who he killed.
Viewers on Twitter were apoplectic.
Making us wait until next season to find out who Negan chose is cruel & unusual punishment! #TWDFinale— Miss Bossy Boots (@Vicki_Lemonds) April 4, 2016
WTF really? I mean Negan was cool, but all that build up for a shitty hanger! #TWDFinale— Eikichi22onibaku (@Tjbell25) April 4, 2016
Fuck AMC, fuck the writers, fuck Scott Gimple, and fuck NEGAN! #TWDFinale— cathy (@OfficialKlayley) April 4, 2016
IM DONE FUCK ALL YALL FUCK NEGAN FUCK LUCILE FUCK THE FUCKING ZOMBIES FUCK THE FUCKING IDK FUCK EVERYTHING #TWDFinale— idc lol (@ItsDasiaVu) April 4, 2016
#TWDfinale so really? What a cheap trick.— Brandon Benincasa (@B_Benii) April 4, 2016
This episode could have been amazing. Negans entrance could have been amazing but they fucked up such an iconic scene. #TWDFinale— Charmaine Hanna (@CharmaineHanna_) April 4, 2016
Took 90 minutes to get to a point we already knew was coming & then they end w/ a cheap POV cliffhanger shot. Seriously?#TWDFinale— Sara Bowman (@Saraiously1) April 4, 2016
Wow, that was cheap. Talk about being incapable of telling a story properly. #TWDFinale— Joe Rooney (@JoeRooney53) April 4, 2016
I have never been so upset at having the rug jerked out from under me as a TV show fan. Looked for payoff and it's just cheap. #TWDFinale— Jessica Wintz (@jezziebeth) April 4, 2016
This wasn't a story telling device. This was a cheap way to pop the ratings on the season premier in October. Very disappointed. #TWDFinale— Andrew (@amontana588) April 4, 2016
I heard this might happen…the show is better than this…cheap way to end the season. #TWDFinale— Matt Campbell (@mlcamp5250) April 4, 2016