Whether or not you enjoyed The Walking Dead’s sixth season, it’s hard to argue that the finale at least set up an exciting seventh season with a ton of potential. With Negan now firmly established as a formidable antagonist and the main characters in dire straights, there’s a lot to look forward to next season, but there’s also the chance that the show will screw all that up. While we won’t pretend to know how things are going to play out, season seven will be well on its way to being the best season of The Walking Dead yet if it accomplishes the following things.
10. Make Us Hate Negan
When your ostensible villain is the most likable character in an entire episode, you know there’s an issue. True, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s intentionally showy, playful performance as new bad guy Negan in the finale was going to be somewhat likable no matter what, but season seven needs to make us absolutely hate him. That doesn’t mean he can’t be an enjoyable on screen presence, but the best cinematic villains are arguably the ones you love to hate, which is the perfect descriptor for a character like Negan. We’re sure that we’ll feel more disdain for him once it’s revealed which beloved character’s face was pulversied by Lucille, but if season seven is anything less than a sustained campaign of douchery on Negan’s part, it’s going to be a pretty signifcant letdown.