Jeffrey Dean Morgan Confirms Added Material to Negan in 'The Walking Dead' Season 7
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to leave an indelible mark on the Walking Dead world when the show returns. The actor has spoken to EW to confirm that the show is going to pave some of its own way forward with the character, changing things up from the comic book origin.
“I sure thought about him a lot. I have stacks of all the comic books, and what I have taken from those panels is a posture or a smile or whatever it is, and then filling those blanks in between," he said.
“As closely as we follow what Negan says and does in those comic books, we also have to add and subtract. We’ve added a lot, obviously, that’s not in the comic books with Negan,” he continued. “Not only trying to keep his language and his persona, but it’s how he walks and how he stands and all that kind of stuff.
“As far as similarities with the comic book, yeah, he [Negan] might be a little bit more manic, but understand that I’ve got to connect those panels together and how Negan does that.
“If I just make this guy manic and kind of one dimensional then I don’t have anywhere to go. So I thought, for me, and especially after doing that first episode, the introduction, and some head bashing, there had to be a place I could go. I try to make every scene a little bit of a rollercoaster so you don’t know. So it’ll keep you on your toes of where Negan is, and I only have so much I can go on working on the comic book.”
The show returns October 23.