Star of The Walking Dead, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, has revealed that a spinoff series about his character, Negan, could still happen. The actor talked about the future of the character he’s played since the season six finale, saying he wants Negan going solo or “going down swinging.”
During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show ahead of the mid-season finale, Jeffrey Dean Morgan said he doesn’t know how The Walking Dead will end but knows the kind of ending he wants for Negan. “One of two ways. Either kind of walking off into the sunset solo or going down swinging,” he said. “Who I’m swinging on I don’t think even matters, but I wouldn’t be opposed to Negan just crashing the party and ending strong and just taking out everybody.”
When asked if he has any creative say in how Negan’s story ends on The Walking Dead, Jeffrey Dean Morgan said, “I would love to. And obviously, we’ve deviated enough from the comics, although in the comics Negan does survive.”
Additionally, Jeffrey Dean Morgan says he doesn’t how the show ends but thinks fans will enjoy the final episodes despite the absence of key characters like Carl (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
“No one knows, well, I don’t know, if our ending will coincide with how the comics ended because it’s kind of so different,” he explained. “We’ve lost Rick, and Carl, and Michonne. Some of the big characters who survive in the comics are no longer with us at this point. So it will be interesting to see where we go and how we end this. I just think the fans will dig it and that’s kind of the key.”
Interestingly, if Negan survives the series finale in 2022, Jeffrey Dean Morgan hopes to return for a spin-off sequel. Speaking to TV Line the actor said, “If I was to do more, I would like to move forward with the story and not backward. I loved what we showed [of his history] in ‘Here’s Negan,’ but now we’ve done a lot of that story. We could do a short series on how the Saviors came to be, which would be kind of interesting, but I’m more looking forward.”
The possibility of a Negan-focused spin-off starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a very real possibility. In 2020, AMC aired the ten-episode spin-off series The Walking Dead: World Beyond. The series expanded the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into new mythology and story that focused on the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world.
Set in Nebraska, the story follows two sisters and their friends who leave a place of safety and comfort to carry out an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrains, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves, and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.
Created by Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete, The Walking Dead will air the second part of its finale season beginning on October 3rd before concluding, when we’ll finally see for ourselves how Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s story ends. Negrete, who has written for The Walking Dead before, will serve as showrunner for the series.
Moreover, in September 2020 AMC announced that two other Walking Dead spin-off series’ were in the works, though it would be unexpected to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan appear in them. A Daryl and Carol series is being created by Angela Kang and Scott M. Gimple. The show will star Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride as their characters Daryl and Carol, respectively. The series will air in 2023 after the conclusion of the eleventh season of the main show. Gimple has also been developing an episodic anthology series that would be based on new or existing characters that would explore backstories.