Over the course of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s decades-long career in both film and television, the man has brought life to multiple iconic roles, ranging all the way from Edward “The Comedian” Blake in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen to Sam and Dean Winchester’s monster-hunting dad John on The CW’s Supernatural. Last spring, Morgan began playing what might end up being his most famous role yet: that of murderous villain Negan on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Introduced on-screen in the final scenes of The Walking Dead‘s season 6 finale, Morgan’s Negan wasted little time in establishing his dominance over Rick’s group, before laying waste to one unlucky survivor with his trademark weapon “Lucille.” While reaction to the resulting cliffhanger wasn’t exactly positive, it’s hard to argue that Morgan didn’t make an impression in the part, quickly establishing Negan as arguably the most dangerous man in the entire Walking Dead universe.
With The Walking Dead‘s season 7 premiere growing ever closer, Morgan (as Negan) has now graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue, complete with Lucille in hand. Morgan also appears in a short video promoting the cover, which can be viewed in full here. The cover image itself is included directly below.
As part of the cover reveal, Morgan also offered some comments about the impact Negan will have on Walking Dead going forward, and none of what he said sounds good for Rick and company:
“It’s a reset on TheWalking Dead world. It’s f—ing Negan’s world now. What you’re going to see in the first half of this season is Negan wreaking havoc. And some of your characters that you’ve grown to love are not going to be on the show anymore, and it’s going to end badly for them. It’s going to be a whole new beginning for The Walking Dead. Really, we’ve taken the show and just flipped it upside down. It’s a different show now. It’s going to have a different feeling. You’re going to see your favorite characters in a position that they’ve never been in before, which is super vulnerable and victimized.”
Morgan’s use of the words “characters you’ve grown to love” there is potentially interesting. While the season 6 finale firmly established that one member of Rick’s group would die at Negan’s hands, Morgan choosing to use the plural form of character when talking about season 7 pretty clearly hints at the fact that more than one well-known fixture of The Walking Dead‘s cast won’t survive the coming battle with the brutal Saviors.
Whether this means that Negan will go back on his word and decide to kill more than one person with Lucille while his enemies are all on their knees and helpless is anyone’s guess at this point. Franchise creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple have certainly shown a willingness to defy fan expectations more than once, especially when it comes to adaptations of popular comic arcs. Either way, it sounds like more than one member of the main cast is soon to meet their maker.
The Walking Dead season 7 debuts on AMC on October 23rd, 2016.