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Jeffrey Dean Morgan signs on to play the villain Negan on The Walking Dead

11.10.2015

Fans of The Walking Dead comic series have been waiting for certain characters to hit the TV iteration, and come the end of this season, it looks like one of the big ones will be making his first appearance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has just signed on as the villainous Negan for AMC's The Walking Dead.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Negan is the leader of a group of survivors called the Saviors, who subjugate other communities in the area for resources in return for their protection against zombies. In the comics, Rick Grimes and his crew are ambushed by the Saviors and forced to obey Negan's rules and orders. As you can imagine, this doesn't exactly sit well with our heroes who have to contend with this self-appointed king and his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wired, affectionately named Lucille.

Word is that Negan will make his first appearance in the season six finale of Walking Dead, before returning as a regular in the next season. You undoubtedly remember Morgan when he played The Comedian to perfection in Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN, and he'll also be playing a bit role as Thomas Wayne in the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Given the character-driven nature of The Walking Dead, this is a huge win for fans of the show!

WATCHMEN may not have gotten it all right, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan nailed The Comedian.

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11:49AM on 11/11/2015
This is exciting news since the series has kind of fallen into an annoying holding pattern over the last three episodes. They've made it pretty clear that they're just going to drag out the whole Glenn and the giant herd thing until the mid-season finale, which is disappointing. The only criticism I have against the show is that they feel that everyone has to have something going on or developing between each major conflict in the series. Here we are on the eve of Negan and the saviors and the
This is exciting news since the series has kind of fallen into an annoying holding pattern over the last three episodes. They've made it pretty clear that they're just going to drag out the whole Glenn and the giant herd thing until the mid-season finale, which is disappointing. The only criticism I have against the show is that they feel that everyone has to have something going on or developing between each major conflict in the series. Here we are on the eve of Negan and the saviors and the show is wasting screen time on a stupid romance between tara and the doctor, unnecessary speeches, and the whole Rick and Jesse thing? Speed it up!
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9:21AM on 11/11/2015

Spot-on casting!

I don't think they could have cast this any better!
I don't think they could have cast this any better!
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7:37PM on 11/10/2015
Damn. Rick is gonna have a really bad time next season. Definitely a good choice of casting for Negan.
Damn. Rick is gonna have a really bad time next season. Definitely a good choice of casting for Negan.
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7:02PM on 11/10/2015

Woo Hoo!

Anyone who read the comics can guess as to what the last scene of season 6 will be. Bad news for somebody.
Anyone who read the comics can guess as to what the last scene of season 6 will be. Bad news for somebody.
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4:45PM on 11/10/2015

F' YEAH!!!

This is the best news I have heard this month so far :)

This is the best news I have heard this month so far :)

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4:33PM on 11/10/2015
So long as they don't try to blur the lines as to whether or not he's really all that bad ...build up a season long coming war... then kop out during the season finale...only to bring him back later to try and correct that mistake (even if the corrected mistake leads to a great episode). Get it right first time please.
So long as they don't try to blur the lines as to whether or not he's really all that bad ...build up a season long coming war... then kop out during the season finale...only to bring him back later to try and correct that mistake (even if the corrected mistake leads to a great episode). Get it right first time please.
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1:50PM on 11/10/2015
Huh. I can see that working. Of course, the character's gonna have to be somewhat different, seeing as every other word for him is "fuck", but he's definitely got the charisma to pull it off.
Huh. I can see that working. Of course, the character's gonna have to be somewhat different, seeing as every other word for him is "fuck", but he's definitely got the charisma to pull it off.
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12:46PM on 11/10/2015
Casting at its finest but I was hoping for something a little more out of left field like Jon Hamm.
Casting at its finest but I was hoping for something a little more out of left field like Jon Hamm.
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12:26PM on 11/10/2015
I'm not familiar with the character but I'm glad to see Jeffery Dean Morgan in the series.
I'm not familiar with the character but I'm glad to see Jeffery Dean Morgan in the series.
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11:59AM on 11/10/2015
Great choice for the role! He'll definitely be able to kill it (pun intended) as Negan!
Great choice for the role! He'll definitely be able to kill it (pun intended) as Negan!
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11:41AM on 11/10/2015
How cruel would it be to bring back a certain someone and then immediately have him face to face with Negan
How cruel would it be to bring back a certain someone and then immediately have him face to face with Negan
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11:35AM on 11/10/2015
I like him so much as an actor that I don't mind if he kills off a couple of lead characters.
I like him so much as an actor that I don't mind if he kills off a couple of lead characters.
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11:34AM on 11/10/2015
Spot on casting for Negan here. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be able to portray that perfect devil like smirk that's usually followed by chaotic outburst of rage and insanity. Really like this addition, great news.
Spot on casting for Negan here. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be able to portray that perfect devil like smirk that's usually followed by chaotic outburst of rage and insanity. Really like this addition, great news.
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11:26AM on 11/10/2015
FUCK YES!!! Huge fan of Jefffey Dean Morgan and am glad to see him playing a huge, vital role in something as big and as good as The Walking Dead. Can't wait to see him and Lucille!!
FUCK YES!!! Huge fan of Jefffey Dean Morgan and am glad to see him playing a huge, vital role in something as big and as good as The Walking Dead. Can't wait to see him and Lucille!!
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