Why The Walking Dead Casting the Villain Negan Gives Hope to Glenn Fans

10 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins ‘The Walking Dead’ in a Key Role.

Batman has the Joker, Katniss has President Snow, Clarice Starling has Hannibal Lecter and now Rick Grimes – the embattled hero of TV’s The Walking Dead – has Negan.

“The Walking Dead” isn’t even finished with the first half of its sixth season, and it has a few huge plot points that need resolution — ahem, Glenn — but the blockbuster zombie series has already cast its next big villain.Negan is one of the comic book series’ biggest baddies — the leader of the Saviors, a ruthless group that demands food and supplies from other communities in “exchange” for protection from the walkers.The actor has been tapped to play Negan, a homicidal leader of a group of marauders that menaces Alexandria and other communities on the AMC zombie series, the Daily News has confirmed. The hit zombie apocalypse saga has cast actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the brutal and depraved yet charismatic villain, according to industry media The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. In Robert Kirkman’s comics, Negan murders Glenn (Steven Yeun) with a barb-wired baseball bat called Lucille, leading fans of the hit AMC zombie drama to believe that Glenn is not dead … yet.

Though Morgan is currently starring on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” he has plenty of geek cred under his belt, having starred in big screen adaptations of comic book sagas, “Watchmen,” “The Losers” and the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The presence of Negan in the near future of the show is evidence for many fans that popular character Glenn (Stephen Yuen) survived his seeming demise at the gnashing teeth of a zombie horde…for now. Readers of “The Walking Dead” comics are still recovering from the trauma of watching Negan beat Glenn to death with his barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat in issue #100.

The news comes following an extensive casting search that set fans’ imaginations running wild with which actor – from indie film regular Garret Dillahunt to Mad Men’s Jon Hamm – would be cast in the coveted role. He kills Glenn in the comics, so maybe there is some glimmer of hope, however short-lived, for fans who are rooting for Glenn to survive that sea of walkers in the third episode of this season.

It’s likely Morgan only signed a one-year deal on Wife, which recruited Morgan to fill the investigator role when Archie Panjabi (Kalinda Sharma) left last season. The original casting notice called for “an imposing, charismatic, brutal, frightening, ferocious and hilarious sociopath in his 30s to mid-40s that is both a leader (and killer) of men.” Any Watchmen fan will tell you that description fits Morgan like a glove. He played the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” adaptation, and he co-starred in 2010′s “The Losers,” which was based on the Vertigo comics. It was the surprising elimination of the season, made even more dramatic as the high-scoring “Spy Kids” actress landed in the bottom two with her husband, Carlos Pena Vega. The good news is that Glenn will surely survive that pit of Walkers he fell into a few episodes ago. (We’ll leave it up to the show to explain how.) There’s really no sense in having Negan without Glenn.

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