How Did We Get Here? A Look at the Character’s in Negan’s Lineup on The Walking Dead

This Sunday we will unfortunately say goodbye to one key member of The Walking Dead. We’ve reached the critical impasse of this universe where big-bad Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) catches up with our group and he kills a key member.

In the comics, Negan’s crushing “Lucille” beating comes in Issue #100 and the unfortunate soul on the receiving end is Glenn. As we head into this crucial moment on Sunday, fans have been in a state of wondering whether Glenn will be getting this treatment in the show or another character will take the gruesome beating. Whether the storyline follows the comics or another character falls, we will all have to say goodbye to someone we’ve grown to love.

Below, I break down the journey each character from Negan’s lineup has gone on. Character development is always a strong point on The Walking Dead and it’s time to highlight it.

Check it all out below!

Glenn

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“Hey you. Dumbass. Yeah, you in the tank. Cozy in there?” We first meet Glenn (Steven Yeun) over the radio when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) enters Atlanta in episode one, “Days Gone Bye.” He’s one of the few original group members still alive going into season 7. A pizza delivery boy turned bonafide badass, Glenn is one of the first people Rick meets in this new world. Our first interaction with Glenn is him being covered in a “meat suit” and following Rick through a herd of walkers.

Since then, he’s grown so much as a character. In season two, Glenn meets Maggie (Lauren Cohan), thus giving fans a bright spot within this crazy world. Their relationship has taken center stage in times of hardship. In season 6, Glenn became the center of one of the biggest TV storylines ever when he was seemingly killed off when Nicholas (Michael Traynor) commits suicide and sends him into a massive group of walkers. After fighting his way to get back to Maggie and the rest of the group in Alexandria, Glenn now finds himself in Negan’s lineup.

Best episode: “When the Dead Come Knocking” (3×07): Glenn and Maggie are kidnapped by The Governor (David Morrissey) and Glenn breaks through his restraints to kill a walker with a piece of chair. In one word: badass.

Rosita

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Rosita (Christian Serratos) is originally a member of Abraham’s group. Somewhere along the way, she joined Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) on their quest to get to DC. Along with Abraham, Rosita believes getting Eugene to DC is the best way to find a cure. Since meeting up with Glenn and Tara (Alanna Masterson) on the road, she’s become a key member of Rick’s group. Although she’s often attached to Abraham’s storylines, she has begun to branch out. In season 6, after Abraham breaks up with her, Rosita begins to train Eugene and explore her role within the group. After Denise (Merritt Wever) meets her tragic demise, Rosita has begun to assume the role of “doctor” for Alexandria. Rosita finds herself in Negan’s lineup following being kidnapped by Dwight (Austin Amelio) and his crew.




Best episode: “Twice as Far” (6×14): After breaking up with Abraham, Rosita goes on a run with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Denise. This is the first time she’s away from Abraham and beginning her own journey.

Daryl

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Arguably the most beloved character within The Walking Dead universe, Daryl Dixon first rode into our lives in season one. Presented as a “loose cannon” alongside his brother Merle (Michael Rooker), Daryl has progressed extraordinarily in six seasons. In season 2, we begin to see a softer side to Daryl when he begins to build a relationship with Carol (Melissa McBride). When Carol’s daughter Sophia (Madison Lintz) goes missing, Daryl takes it upon himself to find her. Rick’s right hand man, Daryl has led the group through some of the toughest challenges they’ve faced.

One of Daryl’s hardest storylines comes in season 5 with Beth (Emily Kinney). After being separated, Daryl and the gang mount a rescue party to get Beth back. The clear image of Daryl carrying a lifeless Beth out of Grady Memorial remains one of the saddest moments. Come season 7, Daryl has begun to recruit community members for Alexandria. A task that has landed him in trouble with Dwight, who has now brought him to Negan’s lineup.

Best episode: “This Sorrowful Life” (3×15): When Merle goes to confront The Governor, Daryl promptly runs after him. In a heartbreaking moment, Daryl stumbles upon Merle as a walker and must put him down. Arguably one of the hardest The Walking Dead moments ever.

Michonne

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She arrived with two “pet” walkers, a hooded cape and a Katana. A mysterious character at first, Michonne has opened up in ways no one could’ve imagined. Right from the start, Michonne guarded her heart, but couldn’t help but save those in need. Michonne joins our group upon leaving Woodbury. She delivers the baby formula for Judith to the Prison and it’s there that she became “one of us.” Her road on The Walking Dead has not been simple. One of the hardest moments she’s faced is returning to Woodbury to find Andrea (Laurie Holden) bitten. Her first friend in this new world ripped away from her.

Of course, Michonne’s most pivotal storyline involved the fear-inducing Governor. From stabbing out his eye, to ultimately delivering a Katana through his chest, Michonne saved the group even though the Prison fell. Not only has she become a vital member of our gang, but she’s an honorary Grimes family member. Between her irreplaceable bond with Carl (Chandler Riggs) and her budding romance with Rick, Michonne is the “Queen of the Walkers” we’ve always wanted.

Best episode: “Made to Suffer” (3×08): Michonne and the gang enter Woodbury to save Glenn and Maggie. Michonne ends up seeking revenge on The Governor and destroying his fish tanks full of walker heads, killing his walker daughter and stabbing his eye out. Total badass.

Abraham

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Abraham originally joins The Walking Dead when his group intersects with Glenn and Tara. His mission is to get Eugene to DC in order to stop the walkers. Little does Abraham know that this journey is not meant to be finished. After joining Glenn, Abraham ultimately joins our group and officially becomes a member during their time in Terminus. Of course, as soon as that’s over Abraham is back on the road until Eugene reveals he’s been lying.

In more recent seasons, Abraham has grown a lot as a character, specifically once the group gets to Alexandria. He finds his niche within the community and even begins to fall in love. In season 6, Abraham and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) spend a majority of their time together. It’s there were he begins to soften and realize he may love Sasha. Now, he’s in Negan’s lineup with a lot of character development under his belt.

Best episode: “Self Help” (5×05): Abraham pushes his group forward as they try to get Eugene to DC. In flashbacks, Abraham’s brutal first days in the apocalypse are revealed.

Maggie

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The last Greene family member standing. Maggie first joined our journey in season 2 when the gang stumbles upon Hershel’s Farm. From the beginning Maggie is welcoming to our group even when Hershel (Scott Wilson) isn’t. Right from the start, she has an instant connection with Glenn and it’s here that their story begins. From having sex in the pharmacy to getting engaged to now having a child together, Maggie and Glenn’s relationship has blossomed on screen.

Although she’s part of one of the main romantic relationships in The Walking Dead, Maggie has endured some of the toughest tragedies on the show. From having to give Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) an emergency C-section to losing Beth and her father, Maggie has suffered crushing blow after blow. In season 6, Maggie has also emerged as an important and vital leader in Alexandria. She’s in negotiations with the Hilltop and helps run Alexandria. Maggie is also enduring another hard storyline: being pregnant in this world. When complications arise with the baby, the groups rushes to get Maggie to the Hilltop only to be cornered by Negan’s gang.

Best episode: “The Same Boat” (6×13): After attacking Negan’s compound, Maggie and Carol are kidnapped and taken hostage by Paula (Alicia Witt). With Carol in a somewhat catatonic state, Maggie assumes a ruthless role and takes out the gang of Saviors.

Rick

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Our guide in The Walking Dead world, Rick has undergone some of the biggest character changes during the last six seasons. He began his journey into this new world by waking up from a coma. He shows us his true colors right from the start by doing anything in his power to find Lori and Carl. Rick meets up with Glenn and the others while entering Atlanta and from then on he’s assumed the leader role. He’s had to accomplish a lot to become our fearless leader. He’s sacrificed his friendship with his best friend Shane (Jon Bernthal), made some tough decision at the Farm, the Prison and Alexandria and he’s lost more people than we can count.

Rick’s defining moments often come when the group has reached its lowest point. Unable to fight his way out, he delivers some of the shows best inspirational speeches. From “We’re not too far gone” to “We’re the Walking Dead,” Rick has led us and the group through everything. Although some of his choices can be questioned, at the end of the day, he’s the leader the group needs to survive. Rick always puts the well-being of others before himself and that’s how he even ends up in Negan’s lineup. Trying desperately to get Maggie to the Hilltop, Rick is outsmarted, for the first time ever, and ends up getting on his knees for Negan.

Best episode: “Too Far Gone” (4×08): The Governor conflict comes to a head when he comes knocking on the Prison’s doors while holding Michonne and Hershel hostage. Rick delivers his iconic speech: “We’re not too far gone. We get to come back. I know… we all can change.”

Sasha

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Sasha joins The Walking Dead story alongside her brother, Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman). At first, she is skeptical of Rick’s group when she is thrown out of the prison by an emotionally compromised Rick. She soon finds herself in Woodbury where The Governor’s actions are looking less and less justified to her. Following The Governor’s emotional breakdown, Sasha and Tyreese join up with Rick’s group and that’s where she’s been since.

Sasha has also endured her share of hardship. Within four episodes in season 5, Sasha loses Tyreese and her boyfriend Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.). This takes Sasha on an emotional journey that is a sight to witness. She doesn’t know what is right and what is wrong. Sasha struggles to find a reason to live anymore. In the last season, Sasha began a new, somewhat romantic relationship with Abraham when the duo are stuck together following the massive quarry-herd. Sasha finds herself in Negan’s lineup following a season of self discovery.

Best episode: “Conquer” (5×16): After a season of losing Tyreese and Bob, Sasha seemingly gives up and leaves the walls of Alexandria. The now infamous shot of Sasha lying on a ditch filled with walker bodies is still etched in our memories.

Aaron

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Aaron (Ross Marquand) is the newest member of Rick’s group. He intersects with our story when the group is arguably at its lowest point. After observing from afar and witnessing their sheer resilience and strength, Aaron invites Rick and his gang to join his community: Alexandria. Within Alexandria, Aaron’s job is to recruit new members for the community so it can continue to grow and flourish. He’s begun to build relationships with every member of our group, specifically with Daryl and Maggie. After promising Maggie that he will always be there for her, he finds himself in Negan’s lineup.

Best episode: “Now” (6×05): After Glenn doesn’t return from a run, Aaron accompanies Maggie into the sewers to try to get past the massive walker herd. When he wants to trudge onward, Maggie breaks down and lets Aaron know she’s pregnant and doesn’t know if Glenn is coming back. Aaron tells Maggie he will always be there to help her.

Carl

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Carl has literally grown up right before us on The Walking Dead and it’s a sight to behold. He started out as a young boy who misses his father. When Rick inevitably reunites with Lori and Carl, Carl begins to see that this world can give things back, but also take them away. Although one of the few children, Carl has endured just as much hardship as anyone else. He’s been shot (twice), lost his mother and has put down several of his closest friends and family. Carl has transformed into a key member of our group.

One of his strongest relationships, besides with Rick, is with Michonne. Carl is in fact the person that sees good in Michonne before anyone else. He has been misled a few times, but ultimately we don’t know where we would be without his compassion and sheer talent for this new world. Carl finds himself in Negan’s lineup after insisting he accompany Rick to the Hilltop.

Best episode: “After” (4×09): After the Prison attack, Rick and Carl find themselves on the road. With Rick incapacitated, Carl goes exploring on his own. As he eats pudding on the roof and tames a walker in a bedroom, Carl proves he can make it on his own, but doesn’t want to be without his father.  

Eugene

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Eugene first joins The Walking Dead when he’s leading Abraham and Rosita to DC. He’s convinced them that he’s a scientist and knows of a cure. Of course we know this isn’t the case. After months of travel, Eugene finally breaks down and admits that he’s been lying the entire time. He’s not a scientist, he just needed protection. From here, Eugene has really had to rebuild his trust within Rick’s group. Not much of a fighter, he’s had to learn to step up and protect himself and others. His closest confidant remains Tara, whom he saves from a walker. In the last season, Eugene has undergone the biggest change. He’s figuring out his place within Alexandria by trying to manufacture bullets. He finds himself in Negan’s lineup after making the ultimate sacrifice and agreeing to mislead Negan’s gang away from Maggie and the group.

Best episode: “Self Help” (5×05): After defeating the Terminus cannibals, Eugene, Abraham, Rosita, Tara, Glenn and Maggie continue on their journey to DC. Little do they know Eugene has been trying to sabotage their trip because he doesn’t actually know how to cure the walker outbreak.

The Walking Dead Season 7 premieres this Sunday at 9/8c on AMC

Nora

Editorial Writer

Resident Sassenach and Little Mix fanatic. Constantly falling in love with fictional characters. Massive Walking Dead fan. Wish I could split my time between Stars Hollow, Dillon & Tree Hill. Twitter: @noradominick