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Published On: Fri, Nov 13th, 2015

Jeffrey Dean Morgan cast as ‘The Walking Dead’ villain, Negan

The villain of all villains in the Walking Dead comic book universe has been cast as The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been tapped to play Negan.
Noted for dropping F-bombs and murdering Glenn with a baseball bat is a famous character from Robert Kirkman’s comic series and “will arrive in the season-six finale directed by Greg Nicotero.”
Negan “is the violent leader of a group known as the Saviors that uses force and intimidation to subjugate other communities — including Alexandria.”
The character first appears in the landmark 100th issue when he crosses paths with Rick Grimes, who had been vocal about bringing down the man who takes half the community’s supplies in exchange for “protection” from walkers.
Season 6 setMorgan first will join the series as a guest-star before being promoted to series regular for season seven. Morgan was one of multiple actors who had buzz as being in the running at some point for the role, though no others received offers.

Production on the season-six finale begins this week in Atlanta.
Star Andrew Lincoln (Rick) told THR last season that “there are astonishingly brilliant and thrilling characters that I am convinced we would be idiots not to meet in our journey; I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future.”
“What struck me, that I’ve always been excited about, is: We’re coming into the sixth season of this show. … And it’s the medieval part of The Walking Dead comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities, but don’t really know other ones exist,” said Lincoln.”But they’re all building and forming themselves with their own image. And then there’s a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action. It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we’ve never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell.”

Showrunner Scott Gimple previously told THR that introducing Negan would be “challenging,” especially given the character’s penchant for F-bombs. “There’s a particular story in that arc that I’m very excited for. But because we know where we’re going, we have some opportunities to play around with it and put some things in that will lead up to [Negan and Alexandria] in different ways, yet fulfill the story Robert told to the nth degree by utilizing some slightly different approaches: lineups and timelines and the whole nine yards.”

“That’s one of those questions that, any way that I answer, could spoil five different parts of the story,” Gimple told THR when asked why the series potentially may have killed Glenn off versus having his death come via Negan.

“But I hope to show you. We will be showing it. You will be learning the answer to that question as you watch. If I were to answer it now, I would wind up revealing all sorts of stuff from different directions. The lame way of saying it is: You’ll have to see.”

Morgan is currently a series regular on CBS’ The Good Wife, previously starred on season two of the Halle Berry drama, Extant and had a memorable arc on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Morgan will play Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also starred in the film adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen.

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