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Two ignored calls. The Smoking Gun of her husband Negan cheating as a prelude to a fully loaded pistol sitting ready at her thigh. You could almost see the steam rising out of Lucille’s head like a 1960s Warner Bros. animation.
Hilarie Burton’s strongest acting on The Walking Dead tonight had Lucille ready to make her soulmate see red… But not going through with it. A BIG decision.
This review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 22 “Here’s Negan”.
3:19 PM, Janine. A time & name Lucille would remember for the rest of her life. Eureka first, pain later. Lucille’s grim diagnosis is heaved to the backseat of her car, key slicing the ignition, as melancholy turns to seething rage.
Hilarie Burton displays the full range of emotions here, frenzied and unstable, tears flowing, aching with sadness & fury right down to her chaotic hand mannerisms. A complete loss of control. From swimming in an ocean of melancholy to practically twitching at the seams.
Lucille screams at the radio, searching for the right song to amplify her feelings. Metal music permeates Lucille’s every pore, trapped, bouncing off the four corners of her car. Lifting Lucille’s temperament from volatile fury to total animalistic madness.
Then comes the moment of truth. Hilarie Burton’s Lucille sits in the dark, ready to pounce, her side piece locked and loaded in retaliation for his.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan walks in unaware, grinning from ear to ear like a teenager who thinks he got away playing hooky. Adding insult to injury. Negan senses something is off while his wife’s trigger finger wraps a bit tighter on the revolver. But she relents, throwing her cancer diagnosis on the table instead of the dissolution of their marriage.
Negan would never know how close he was to losing his life by his wife’s own hand that day. Lucille would never know how many people would be hurt in the aftermath of letting him live. Ignorance is bliss. The marriage became about saving others because they couldn’t save themselves.
Negan’s fate would devolve to shouldering the moniker ‘Saviors’ ironically… Like a ten-ton anchor on his ankle. Carrying the shame with him publicly for all to see but never realize the irony.
No absolution for the leader of the Saviors. Rebuilding the Sanctuary he found his wife lost in, hoping for a different result. Always needing to consult the spirit of his wife Lucille beside him when making a tough decision. A twisted take on a moral compass…
– Fun Fact: Actress Hilarie Burton is originally from the state of Virginia… Just like Lucille’s zoomed in Ford Mustang license plate on tonight’s episode! Dually matching the character’s comic book origins.
– Be sure to read Negan, Daryl scene brings danger back on ‘Look at the Flowers’
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