Jeffrey Dean Morgan would love a Negan spinoff

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Simon (Steven Ogg) in The Walking Dead (2010) 815. Photo: Gene Page/AMC
Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Simon (Steven Ogg) in The Walking Dead (2010) 815. Photo: Gene Page/AMC /

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead actor who brings Negan to life, says he’d like to see a Negan-centric spinoff and he’d love to be part of it.

Love him or hate him, resident villain Negan on The Walking Dead has been with the show longer than other bad guys. He has been one of the more polarizing characters on the show, though he remains a fan favorite in the comics. For those fans who want more Negan, or for the one who want less Negan on The Walking Dead, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has a possible solution.

During a recent interview with Fandom during the promotional tour for Rampage, Morgan was very open about his desire to not only continue Negan’s story, but to delve into his backstory. A Negan spinoff would be ideal because more often than not, there isn’t time to really get into characters’ histories in movies and shows, where there must be a focus on moving the narrative forward.

"“But Robert Kirkman has done a bit of thought on the Negan pre-zombie apocalypse, and I would be more than happy to see that. I would like to take part in some filming of that. I think that would help explain this character a great deal. Because, unfortunately, the way things go with so many character and storylines, we don’t see enough – and I think that is needed, especially when you have a character like Negan.”"

Now that Negan is locked up in Alexandria, we might learn more about him, but Morgan has a point, because there is only so much you can do to learn about characters and heading into season 9 there is only so much time to go into the backstory of a character that has been around since the end of season 6. (Though fans had to wait years before learning what Daryl had been doing prior to the apocalypse)

Morgan also has thoughts about Greg Nicotero’s remarks that it would be fun to travel to a location that gets some harsh winter weather.

"“Why not just go up to Canada to upstate New York where I live? That’d be great. I’m sick of shooting in Georgia in the middle of summer. That’s rough. I like the idea of shooting some frozen zombies. That would be cool as hell. Literally and figuratively.”"

With Fear the Walking Dead rebooting itself in a new location with new characters and a fresh story, spinoffs of The Walking Dead make a lot of sense as the story surrounding Rick Grimes winds down.

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There are still so many stories to be told and Robert Kirkman’s move to Amazon could allow for some new stories set in The Walking Dead universe. Those new stories, told on a streaming platform that allows for language and violence not seen on AMC, could be the perfect place for Negan to tell his story.