The new series villain admits it was “hard” to take out one of his castmates.
Negan is the most brutal villain to appear on The Walking Dead to date – and he might just also be the strangest.
And star Jeffrey Dean Morgan had a clear warning at San Diego Comic-Con, telling reporters thatthings will get “seriously weird with Negan around” in season seven.
“The comics only give you so much – they’re great, it’s a wonderful navigation, but with Negan, it’s given me an opportunity to do something I have never done before,” he said.
Negan first appeared in season six’s intense finale, brutally beating one of Rick’s group to death – though the identity of the victim was left a mystery.
“It’s been hard losing someone – and being the cause of that, in a kind of a way, that also sucked,” Morgan admitted.
“But that being said, I feel like I’ve been embraced by the cast. It’s gonna be hard – it’s gonna be hard until it’s not anymore, and I don’t know when that’s gonna be!”
Morgan’s first scene was a 12-page sequence – most of it an extensive Negan monologue. So it’s no surprise the actor admitted to being “a little nervous going in.”
“But I remember right before I walked out of that trailer for the first time, this weird kind of calm came over me,” he said.