Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins The Walking Dead As Negan

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‘The Walking Dead’ Finally Finds its Negan in Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Negan is finally coming to in the form of . Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been tapped to take on the iconic role of Negan, the f-bomb-dropping dastardly character from Robert Kirkman’s comic series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.If Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) isn’t dead yet, he better start watching his back (or, more realistically, the back of his skull) — as AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has finally found its biggest bad yet.

In the comic books, Negan is the leader of a group called The Saviors who extort food and supplies from other survivors of the zombie apocalypse through violence and intimidation. News has confirmed Morgan, who is currently starring opposite Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife, will play the infamous Walking Dead comic book character on the AMC TV show. Negan 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. THR reports that Timothy Olyphant, Matt Dillon and Garret Dillahunt were also considered for Negan, who will first appear as a recurring character, then join as a full-timer in Season 7.

Rumors surrounding Negan’s fate on The Walking Dead have been running rampant for years, with fans questioning whether the character would ever make the leap from the comic book pages onto the small screen. Rumors of Negan’s arrival have been circulating for years, but the recent casting of Tom Payne as Jesus — who will show up in Alexandria any day now — kicked things into hyperdrive, as Jesus is a crucial figure in the Alexandrians’ war against Negan and his Saviors. This has served as a major reason fans of the show believe Glenn did not die by the dumpster, as they feel he will survive to meet Negan face to face. Negan — who went through the casting process under the name of “Orin” — has become the primary villain in the comic series since he shockingly killed Glenn with “Lucille,” a baseball bat covered in barbed wire that he carries with him at all times. Fans can look out for Negan to make his first appearance toward the end of the show’s current sixth season and he’ll be sticking around for season seven as well.

AMC previously put out a casting call for ‘ORIN’, “an imposing, charismatic, brutal, frightening, ferocious and hilarious sociopath in his 30s to mid-40s that is both a leader (and killer) of men.” It was speculated that this was actually the casting call for Negan and it looks like that theory was right. Since Negan’s appearance signals the end for Glenn, depending on whether or not Glenn ends up alive or dead could affect who ends up on the wrong end of Lucille. The Mindy Project star Garret Dillahunt ignited fan speculation that he would be playing the character after tweeting that he was reading the comics that introduced the villain. Morgan is the latest edition to the cast of the hit AMC show. “Luck” actor Tom Payne was recently cast to play Paul “Jesus” Monroe, a figure who becomes a trusted adviser to Rick in the war that breaks out between The Saviors and Alexandria. Tovah Feldshuh, Alexandra Breckenridge and Austin Nichols all played residents of Alexandria in season five, but will return as regulars for season six.

They are looking at some great actors and will make the best choice for the show,” Dillahunt later tweeted. “2) So surprised and grateful for all the support my public lobbying has received. 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. Furthermore, part of the backlash against Glenn’s apparent “death” comes from diehard comics fans upset that the series would “remix” Negan’s first appearance and Glenn’s ultimate demise in one of, if not the most defining moment of the comics. “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 may potentially have killed Glenn off vs. having it come via Negan. “But I hope to show you.

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