Jeffrey Dean Morgan Confirms ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Return, Talks Cast “Kill Shots”

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan stopped by The Howard Stern Show for an interview and dropped a couple new details on his role as Negan in the seventh season of The Walking Dead, including the infamous premiere episode and the length of his tenure on the show.

The first episode of the season, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” was already controversial before its airing thanks to the heavily-promoted cliffhanger to season 6 that left which character’s skull Negan bashed with his baseball bat Lucille up in the air. Turns out, to throw off spoiler hounds, Morgan did “kill shots” with each member of the cast present except Rick, with the intent to leak them prior as marketing misdirection. Only one such alternate take, with Lauren Cohan’s Maggie as the victim, ended up available.

“I did kill shots on the entire cast. I think the plan was, they would leak some stuff beforehand just to throw people off because there are people whose sole purpose is to ruin the show, to spoil what’s going to happen on the show.”

With filming on season 7 completed as of last week, he confirmed for the first time he would return the show’s eighth season, which AMC renewed it for last month. He previously told ComicBook at last summer’s Comic-Con that he was on-board the zombie drama “for the long haul.” It’s good news, as Negan remains alive and kicking in Robert Kirkman’s ongoing comic upon which the show is based. As for the immediate future, Morgan teased Negan looms large in the final two episodes of season 7A.

“The next two, I’m really big in. I’m f—ing heavy in those.”

Well said, Negan, well said.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Check out our recap of the last episode “Swear” here. The next episode is titled “Sing Me a Song.” Here’s the synopsis.

A much more detailed look into the world of the Saviors and their home, the Sanctuary, is shown. Meanwhile, members of Alexandria look for supplies.

 

Source: The Howard Stern Show (via ComicBook)

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