How many fans of THE WALKING DEAD, I wonder, will go out and buy a baseball bat, wrap it in barbed-wire, and create their own custom-made “Lucille?” Not to be confused with Bluesman B.B. King’s legendary guitar, this particular Lucille is the weapon of choice for Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character Negan, who will be debuting in the finale to season six. Morgan is no stranger to the world of Geeks, of course; he will forevermore be remembered (by THIS geek, at least) as the Comedian from WATCHMEN. He plays an AWESOME villain. And a guy who names his zombie (and maybe people) swatter “Lucille” promises to be a hoot to watch.
I have wondered how long the writers of the series can continue with its unparalleled success as both a critical and fanboy darling, how long they can keep the kite flying at such a height. The primary way to do it, in addition to creative plot devices, is to keep introducing fascinating, over-the-top characters to play in their zombie-riddled world. Sounds like Negan is going to be a perfect fit. I’m just hoping they figure out a way to have Morgan give us a Comedian “homage” every now and then. Hey, I’ve got it! I propose they let Negan wear a Lone Ranger mask. I mean, if the guy’s eccentric enough to name his bat, it’d be in keeping with the character, wouldn’t it?