Jeffrey Dean Morgan Cast as Villain Negan in The Walking Dead!

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The Walking Dead’s Negan will be played by Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan!

It’s been a long time coming for fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic series and now The Hollywood Reporter brings word that actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Good Wife,” Watchmen) has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as villain Negan. Known for his penchant for violence and a baseball bat covered in barb wire named “Lucille,” Morgan will make his debut in the series in the season six finale before becoming a series regular in season seven. The outlet reports that other actors who tested for the role included Timothy Olyphant, Matt Dillon and Garret Dillahunt.

For season seven, Scott M. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer, along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. 

It’s unclear which of the cast will survive all the way to season seven, but the series currently includes Andrew Lincoln as Rick, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Norman Reedus as Daryl, Lennie James as Morgan, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, Josh McDermitt as Eugene, Alanna Masterson as Tara, Christian Serratos as Rosita, Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Alexandra Breckenridge as Jesse, and Austin Nichols as Spencer. The new episodes will premiere in October of 2016.

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