[Spoiler Warning: Contains details on the Walking Dead comic book]

“The Walking Dead” loves its big bad antagonists for our group of survivors, after David Morrissey’s Governor, we are now getting the even more brutal and iconic Negan.

The actor set play him according to THR will be Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”, “The Losers”). In the comics by Robert Kirkman, Negan is the foul-mouthed leader of the Saviors, a group of survivors who run a “protection” service for weaker communities against walkers in exchange for food and supplies.

In an iconic moment from the comic book series, Negan also killed Glenn (Steven Yeun) with trusty weapon Lucille, a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.

Other actors in contention for the much coveted role included Matt Dillon,Timothy Olyphant and Garret Dillahunt. With such a rich role as Negan it is not hard to see why it has attracted actors of such a high calibre.

Negan will be a major character, as of issue 145 of the comic he still alive, so casting someone with the talent and name recognition of Morgan is a savvy move from AMC. Negan is set to first appear in the season six finale which is shooting this week in Atlanta. The character is then expected to become a season regular in season seven.

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