Perhaps the most violent and dangerous villain yet in The Walking Dead universe has officially been cast with the promise he would appear in the season six finale and throughout the seventh season next year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been officially tapped to portray Negan, the character in the comics who becomes a big threat when he and his barbed wire wrapped baseball bat Lucille take several swings at Glenn's (Steven Yuen) head and kill him.
The character is slated to appear for the first time in the season six finale, and Morgan will be bumped from a guest star to a series regular in season seven to accommodate the storyline that is being developed. However, because of Glenn's apparent death in the third episode of the current season, the actual trajectory for Negan's story could be exceedingly different on the show. However, anything related to either of those storylines is being kept under wraps by those behind the successful show, including showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who previously told the magazine after Glenn's apparent death that he couldn't say anything about what would happen because it would spoil way too much.
"That's one of those questions that any way that I answer could spoil five different parts of the story," he said at the time. "But I hope to show you. We will be showing it. You will be learning the answer to that question as you watch. If I were to answer it now, I would wind up revealing all sorts of stuff from different directions. The lame way of saying it is: You'll have to see."
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.