A potential backstory for one of The Walking Dead's most infamous characters, Negan, could have seen him as "Davidson," the exiled former leader of Alexandria Safe Zone. This idea, revealed by Robert Kirkman in the annotations of Walking Dead Deluxe #76, would have made Davidson a dark mirror for Rick Grimes, showcasing a different outcome for leadership. However, Kirkman decided to scrap this idea and introduced Negan instead. This creative decision allowed Negan to become a central character and added more creative freedom to the story. While the trajectory of Davidson's character can only be speculated, Kirkman stands by his choice to bring in Negan.