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Jeffrey Dean Morgan cast as The Walking Dead villain Negan

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 28: Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrives at the Premiere of Lionsgate Films'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 28: Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrives at the Premiere of Lionsgate Films' "The Possession" at ArcLight Cinemas on August 28, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Watchman star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast as villain Negan in The Walking Dead.


The character, who features in Robert Kirkman's comic series, is the violent leader of the Saviours, a group which takes communities' supplies in exchange for protection from walkers.

In the comic book series he was responsible for killing Glenn with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Negan is expected to arrive in the season six finale and then return as a regular for season seven.

Series star Andrew Lincoln told THR, "What struck me, that I've always been excited about, is: We're coming into the sixth season of this show... And it's the medieval part of The Walking Dead comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities, but don't really know other ones exist.

"But they're all building and forming themselves with their own image. And then there's a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action.

"It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we've never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell."

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has previously appeared on the small screen in Extant and Grey's Anatomy.  On the big screen you'll have seen him in PS I Love You, Watchmen, and he has a role in the upcoming e also starred in Watchmen and has a role in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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