The Walking Dead

Jeffrey Dean Morgan on Playing Negan: “He’s a Game Changer”

The Walking Dead returns to TV for the second half of season six on February 14, and dedicated fans of the show’s comic book source material will be watching anxiously for one thing — the introduction of Negan.

Negan is the ultimate bad guy. No other foe that Rick Grimes and his crew have encountered will test them the way Negan does. In the comics (which are still ongoing), it could be argued that even when they eventually defeat Negan, they are left in such a mentally altered state that it could still be argued that they lost.

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has already been confirmed as the man to play the iconic role, and fans are feverishly debating which unlucky survivor from Alexandria will meet their bloody end at the end of Lucile — Negan’s most cherished tool of violence. Will it be Glenn, who was already thought dead by many viewers? Maybe Daryl, since there would be no better way to make Negan instantly hated?

Morgan was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about what it’s like to step into Negan’s trademark leather jacket:

“If you’re a fan of the comic books you’ll know who Negan is. It’s the real deal, he’s a game changer. And it’s a complete 180 from what I’m doing on The Good Wife. Which as an actor is like a dream come true. I get to be the biggest ass in the world. When I took The Walking Dead, my mom was like ‘What is this going to mean with The Good Wife?’ She was devastated that it could be the end. And I was like ‘Mom, keep your pants on.’”

If you saw Morgan’s performance as The Comedian in The Watchman, then you already know he has the ability to portray someone as morally ambiguous as Negan. Frankly, we just wish Valentine’s Day would hurry up and get here so we can settle back in for more Walking Dead heartbreak.


Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon has been writing about random things online since 2013. His favorite video game is Rocket League, his favorite TV show is The Sopranos, and he hated the last season of Game of Thrones. Follow him @DevonTaylor113.