INTERVIEW: The Walking Dead’s Steven Ogg on what Simon and Negan will do next
The Walking Dead is back from its midseason finale, and the carefully constructed world of Negan and the Saviours is starting to crumble.
As the Alexandrians turn up the heat, Negan’s methods seem to making things more difficult. Now, in episode 10 ‘The Lost and the Plunderers’, right-hand-man Simon openly defied his leader. Are things going from bad to worse for Negan and the Saviours?
We sat down with Simon actor Steven Ogg to learn what’s going to happen next for Simon and Negan in season eight.
After the events of episode 10, could there be a showdown between Simon and Negan?
I think there’s obviously some disagreement between them, but Simon believes what he’s done is the best course of action at this point. We’ve been trying what Negan has been trying for this amount of time and where have we got? Kind of f***ing nowhere. So Simon’s like okay. Action time. Let’s get this moving. He would rather come back to Negan and explain it on the backhand, as opposed to try to explain it to Negan upfront and disagree.
Early on, you didn’t see Simon and Negan together at all, it’s because Simon was trusted. They have all those outposts and Simon was doing his thing. He was getting the job done because he was trusted. They obviously might have a bit of an argy-bargy, but I don’t think it’s a big concern. I don’t think Simon’s heading back after that and going ‘argh, what’s dad going to say?’. It’s just like, well this is what I did. Now we can get further ahead. Now we can make some progress here because what you’ve been doing hasn’t been working.
What do you think the key differences are between Simon and Negan?
Well, after the last episode, there’s a pretty big difference between them now in the way they’re operating and the way they’re getting stuff done.
Simon’s a peacocker too, but he does it back here, whereas Negan I think likes to peacock out front. I always call him the drummer, because he likes to get shit done without being at the front of the stage. I think that’s the biggest, fundamental difference. It’s not that Simon couldn’t lead, it’s that he’s allowing Negan to lead. Negan doesn’t mind being at the front of the stage, whereas Simon prefers to get stuff done back here. Their position is the biggest difference.