Even though they are behind bars - Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will still fight in the upcoming season of 'The Walking Dead', showrunner Angela Kang revealed. There's a prison wall between them but that doesn't stop them and, in spite of his new look, it doesn't seem like Grimes has changed his ways. "We talked about it in the writer's room, just this idea of, when a war ends — and then you have people who are soldiers in the war, generals — what happens when there’s no real transition? Because it’s an apocalypse," Kang said during 'The Walking Dead Nine' preview special.
"I think in a lot of ways, Rick goes down there and it’s part therapy and part gloating. They’re just trying to work their way through it. They both feel in some ways like dinosaurs after the war. As Rick is trying to figure out what’s the next step, what’s the next mission, Negan kind of needles him, but Rick needs to be able to justify, ‘This is why I kept you alive, it’s so that we can have a future,'" she said. "So that’s really what it is, him trying to kind of work it through. And also tell him, though, like, ‘Hey man, you’re suffering, we’ve got a good thing going.'"
The relationship between Maggie and Negan will also see some turbulence. "He has been so supportive of the fact that she’s kind of coming into her own as a leader, he said that he would be the only to follow her, and then at the end of the season when he kind of made this unilateral decision in some ways to spare Negan when they had a pact to kill him, that didn’t sit well with Maggie," she said before adding that she has changed a little.
She is “not gonna just fall in line with everything Rick’s doing because she has to take care of her own people now,” Kang said. “She’s got her own agendas and she’s gonna follow them.”
Kang also explained that it "doesn’t mean that they hate each other, they still love each other [and] respect each other deeply," but they learn about "real differences in philosophy and that’s a story we’ll be playing through the season.”
'The Walking Dead' season nine premieres Sunday, October 7 on AMC.