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Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Walking Dead | Gene Page Photo, AMC

AMC just released a teaser image of “The Walking Dead” character Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He’s carrying his weapon of choice, “Lucille,” a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.

The iconic villain from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel is set to make his debut in the show’s highly-anticipated season six finale this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

But how long will Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character stay alive? Because as we all know, most of his characters get killed off. Hopefully, he’ll be around a while.

New threats to Daryl Dixon, Rick Grimes and the other survivors, captures, disappearances, the looming arrival of uber-villain Negan and that one last bloody shot in last week’s episode have cranked up the anticipation for this week’s 90-minute finale.

After the multi-episode uncertainty surrounding the fate of Glenn Rhee, played by Steven Yeun, the arrival of the bloodthirsty Saviors and the death of Merritt Wever’s Dr. Denise Cloyd last week, last week’s episode ended with Savior member Dwight seemingly shooting his longtime nemesis Daryl at point-blank range and splaying blood everywhere.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in The Walking Dead

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Walking Dead | Gene Page Photo, AMC

Deadline.com talked with Norman Reedus about the extended season ender on April 3. They talked about whether Daryl Dixon survives for the finale and also whether we’ll see him in Season 7?

“You know I can’t answer that,” said Reedus. “I know you have to ask but I cannot answer that.”

Deadline.com persisted, of course. “With the death of Denise last week with an arrow intended for Daryl, the “is Glenn dead?” plotline, the introduction of the Saviors, the walker invasion of Alexandria, and Carl’s face being shot, it feels like this is the season when the chickens really came home to roost for the survivors on The Walking Dead. Did things get cranked up from your perspective?”

The Walking Dead – ‘This Season Has Been Ballistic’

“Without a doubt, this whole season has been just completely ballistic,” said Reedus. “I will say that the Season 6 finale is the most hard-core finale we’ve ever done, if not the best episode we’ve ever done. I mean, I saw a rough rough rough cut of it way back when and I was speechless for at least an hour. So hold on for the rest of this, because it gets real crazy.”

He also had this to day about the anti-gay bill that the Georgia governor has in front of him to sign, and Disney, AMC, Time Warner, Netflix, Tyler Perry and almost everyone in the industry has come out against it.

“I definitely think he shouldn’t sign it,” said Reedus. “I support the network and I support all the other companies that are against it. My fingers are crossed and I’m hoping for the best that he won’t sign it.”

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