‘The Walking Dead’: Jeffrey Dean Morgan on getting the finger from fans for playing Negan

“The fans have been remarkably generous to myself and Negan I think,” said Jeffrey Dean Morgan at New York Comic Con about his controversial role as Negan on “The Walking Dead,” which returns for its eighth season on Sunday, October 22. “I think they’ve created this character in the comics that people love and love to hate. Most people are kind of taken aback by Negan’s charm and there is some wisdom to him that this world needs.”

Negan was introduced to “The Walking Dead” in the most “brutal” way possible, taunting Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), trying to bend him to his will by killing his friends Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) and almost making Rick chop off his own son’s arm. But “what’s to come this year, I think you find out more and more about Negan and a little bit of who he is,” Morgan explained.

You would think that fans would simply despise Negan and his very existence on the show — and well, they do to some extent, but they’re apparently not holding it against Morgan himself. “I’m amazed,” the actor revealed. “I still get the finger flipped to me all the time and the occasional ‘We hate you, but we love to hate you.’ But it’s been mostly good though.”

Negan got the better of Rick and his community of survivors in season seven, but season eight will be all-out war as Rick has rediscovered his capacity to fight back. How will it turn out? Discuss this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.

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