After Carl failed to infiltrate the Sanctuary and kill Negan at the start of “Sing Me a Song,” the big bad spent the rest of the episode alternating between terrorizing the teen and showing genuine affection for the kid that just tried to take him out.

We spoke to Negan himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, to get some behind-the-scenes scoop on the episode Walking Dead comic book fans have been waiting to see come to life on screen.

He’s always pissed and I think t’s just a lot of respect t that Negan has for this kid to grow up in this world as he has and survive as long as he had. Negan just simply respects him.

He’s going to poke you until he gets the answers that he wants, and when he sees Carl break a little bit, I think Negan genuinely feels bad when he’s talking about his mom and how she died and that.

Negan is always thinking a move ahead, so he’s going to put on this show for Carl knowing that Carl is going to take this home and make sure everybody knows the kind of ship that he’s running.

It’s a different flavor, a different side of Negan as well as the moment w you see him with Carl and you see some sympathy and some understanding t.

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