The Walking Dead Finally Casts Negan for Season Six

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 10:23AM
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 10:23AM
The Walking Dead Finally Casts Negan for Season Six
After months of speculation and rumors, The Walking Dead has finally cast the comics' biggest villain: Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, best known to the geek community for his roles as The Comedian in Watchmen and John Winchester on Supernatural, will play the foulmouthed antagonist in season six.

In the comics, Negan is the leader of the Saviors, a group of men who extort supplies from communities in exchange for "protection." He first appears when (spoiler!) he kills Glenn with his weapon of choice: a baseball bat covered with barbed wire named Lucille. Critics and fans alike have praised his characterization, favorably comparing his level of charismatic villainy to the Governor. He won't be able to drop his trademark f-bombs on AMC, but hopefully the writers will find a way to preserve his irreverent, profane sense of humor.

Morgan seems to be the perfect choice to play the terrifying, long-running villain (who is still alive as of issue 145 in the comics). While we were excited to hear that Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles' Garret Dillahunt was in the running, as well as fellow talented actors Timothy Olyphant and Matt Dillon, Morgan has a more hulking physicality than any of them, and seems to be better suited to the role.

The Walking Dead Finally Casts Negan


Morgan has reportedly been cast to make his first appearance in the sixth season finale, which makes it all the more likely that Glenn survived his recent brush with death and will re-enact this scene from the comics, which many fans cite as the defining moment of the series. There's a chance that Daryl will take his place, as he's an even more beloved character who doesn't have a counterpart in the comics, but we're betting that Glenn will return just in time to be killed off in the season finale.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.

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