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, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Morgan will make his first appearance as Negan in the season finale on April 3, 2016. The Walking Dead crew is filming the season finale next week and according to Ross Marquand the finale will be the most talked about episode ever.
“This is the craziest thing ever. It’s the probably the most emotionally wrought and dark episode I’ve ever read. I’ve never read an episode that is so dark and compelling in my life (…) I had to stop reading this at three different times. It was just messing me up. It is so emotionally dark and twisted,” Marquand.
Marquand used the words ‘Usual Suspects’ to describe the last episode in an interview with ComicBook.com.
Jon Hamm and Kevin Durand’s names were linked to the casting as well.
Negan first appeared in issue 100 of ‘The Walking Dead.’ He is the leader of a group of over 50 survivors in Washington, DC called the Saviors, who subjugate other communities in the area for resources in return for their protection against zombies. The character’s appearance in the comics is based on Henry Rollins, according to series artist Charlie Adlard and Negan’s excessive use of profanity was worked in by Kirkman’s own vernacular and derived from other people he knew.