Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Cast Of 'The Walking Dead' As Villain Negan
Warning! This article contains spoilers from "The Walking Dead" comics book series!
A new villain is stepping onto the scene in AMC's fan favorite zombie series The Walking Dead.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Good Wife, Watchmen) will join the cast as the villain Negan that is featured in Robert Kirkman's comic book series.
Morgan is said to make his debut as the baddie in the finale of season 6, which is directed by Greg Nicotero.
In the comics, Negan is the psychopathic leader of a group of survivors called the Saviors, and is known for being violent and commonly uses profanity. After debuting in the comic's 100th issue, Negan meets Rick Grimes, where the two agree to start trading with the Hilltop Colony. The vindictive villain instead ambushes Grimes and his survivors, making them subject to his rules as he now controls all the supplies.
The worst part of it all? Negan is the one who kills Glenn Rhee in the comics. This baddie takes a baseball bat that is covered in barbed wire—his weapon of choice that he always carries around with him—to do the deed.
For fans of the series, this may be a ray of hope that Glenn is still alive, but we will have to patiently wait to discover his fate.
The show's executives have been on on the hunt for casting this character since that year, with actors Timothy Olyphant, Matt Dillon and Garret Dillahunt in the running for the role.
Morgan will first be introduced as a guest star before becoming a regular for season 7.
Morgan is currently a season regular on CBS's The Good Wife, and has notably played roles on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. On the big screen, the actor will play Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and has previously co-starred in films like Red Dawn and Watchmen.
Actor Tom Payne was also recently cast as the comics character Paul Monroe, who is known as "Jesus," the character who will play an important role as the survivors of Alexandria go to war with the Saviors.
The Walking Dead airs at 9 p.m. EST Sundays on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter