Jeffrey Dean Morgan is just as excited as you are that he’s playing Negan on “The Walking Dead.” Season 6 of AMC’s zombie juggernaut does not return until February but that doesn’t mean the hype train isn’t moving full speed ahead already.
There was a cool little clip at the end of the show’s mid-season finale that teases Negan’s arrival. The fan expectation for the character’s introduction is huge and in case anyone is doubtful Morgan is right for the part, divert your attention to the above video.
Taken during this year’s PasCon, Morgan took the stage for a Q&A and points out what to expect with his new role.
Many know his work on “Supernatural” as John Winchester and he’s been getting some good feedback from the work he’s been doing on “The Good Wife,” but it’s this new gig on “The Walking Dead” that should catapult his status into a whole other realm.
“Y’all know about Negan?” Morgan asks, “Me too, that’s why I did it.”
The actor goes on to explain to the crowd how exactly he found out he booked the highly coveted role:
“When my agent/manager called they said, ‘You’ve been offered this thing on The Walking Dead’ it’s to play like a ‘big bad.’ At that time, they didn’t know the character’s name, because I think it was supposed to be a secret. And I’m like, ‘Is it f**king Negan?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t know, we’re going to have to call you back, hold on a second.’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s f**king Negan. And I’m f**king doing it.'”
Look, growing consensus is that AMC got it right with this casting choice. And even before audiences see Negan on-screen, all one really has to do is watch Morgan’s performance as the Comedian in “Watchmen” to know he’s the right man for the job. He goes on to explain the challenge in this role is for him as an actor to find the heart, if there is one, in Negan.
The bigger challenge, though, might be the network’s approval of all those F bombs. How will that work? Because Negan here is quite the potty mouth!
“The Walking Dead” returns to start the second half of Season 6 on February 14th on AMC.