Comics, TV, Zombies

The Walking Dead Casts Arch-Villain Negan, and He’s a Real “Comedian”



No stranger to comic book adaptations, Jeffrey Dean Morgan of Watchmen, The Losers and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is about to trade in his guns for a barbed wire bat. Kevin Durand and Jon Hamm were previously rumored for the role, while the actual character in the comics was drawn based on Henry Rollins, who would probably have been available too. While Morgan often plays morally ambiguous characters, this one is an out and out villain Рand one of the main reasons some people are holding out hope that Glenn is alive, so that Negan can be the one to deal with him as in the comics.

Ironically, he also poses the biggest censorship challenge for the series thus far: while The Walking Dead has vastly expanded the amount of gore and blood that can be shown on basic cable, gratuitous profanity of the sort Negan is known for is generally a no-no. As Comedy Central has repeatedly proven, it’s not banned per se, but there’s a strong risk of unbundling from basic cable for any network that pushes things too far in that direction, and beeps would be weird on a non-documentary show.

Eff that shizz, am I right? We’ll find out soon, as Negan is expected to debut on the current season finale.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist