The moment Walking Dead fans have been anticipating/dreading is here: Negan has been cast and he will make his first appearance during the season 6 finale.

Fans have been speculating for some quite time on who would play him and when, and now we know the answer to both.

*Warning: Spoilers Ahead so do not read if you are not up to date in the show or comics*

According to the Hollywood Reporter Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Watchmen, Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy) has been cast as Negan, who just might be the vilest character to ever grace a comic book.

You can see a picture of Morgan, and Negan below.

For those who don’t know, Negan is the most vicious villain in TWD comics- he makes the Governor look sweet by comparison.

He is the cruel, f-bomb dropping leader of a group called ‘The Saviors’, who use force and coercion to take over communities in the apocalypse.

In the comics his most devastating act comes when he beat Glenn to death with a barbed-wire wrapped bat called Lucille.

Hmm… if Glenn’s not dead he might soon wish he was…

Negan’s penchant for cursing and his violent acts could pose a bit of a challenge for showrunner Scott Gimple, but he is more than up to the challenge.

Gimple is prepared to show Negan in all his glory, with a few twists, saying:

“There’s a particular story in that arc that I’m very excited for. But because we know where we’re going, we have some opportunities to play around with it and put some things in that will lead up to [Negan and Alexandria] in different ways yet fulfill the story Robert told to the Nth degree by utilizing some slightly different approaches. Lineups and timelines and the whole nine yards.”

Some may be a bit surprised by the casting of Morgan, but I believe it will be a great fit.

Morgan is a strong, versatile actor: his rough but charming looks are perfect for the unrelenting Negan, who is as smart as he is cruel.

Word is Greg Nicotero will direct the finale, so it should be an explosive introduction.

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