The Walking Dead: Dead City pairs up Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) from The Walking Dead series. These characters have long been at odds because Negan bashed Maggie’s husband Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) head in with his barbed-wired wrapped baseball bat Lucille. The new series pulls these characters together again, and some fans are shipping the couple; this amuses Cohan and Morgan.
The actors have been busy promoting the premiere of the new series, and in an interview with Collider, Morgan addresses this topic.
While the trope of enemies turned lovers is nothing new, it would be a disservice to fans to allow these two characters to have any type of romantic or sexual relationship. Sure, they have great chemistry, which accounts for the reasoning behind the shipping in the first place, but come on! Not Maggie & Negan.
Morgan had this to say when asked his thought upon hearing about fans wanting these characters to be together:
"I am incredibly amused by it. I find it fascinating that people are shipping them because when I watched the show and when we were playing these scenes, what’s really fascinating is that she might kill me at any minute, or he may kill her. I thought that was more interesting than anything else. But other people look at it like, “Oh, hey, they should be together.” We both are very amused by the whole thing. – Jeffrey Dean Morgan"
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Dead City will premiere on AMC on Sunday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET. This series will team up Maggie and Negan in a quest to rescue her son Hershel (Logan Kim), who has been abducted by a man known as The Croat (Željko Ivanek). This man is a former underling of Negan’s, and Maggie believes Negan is the only one who can help her rescue her son.
Negan is also being hunted by a marshal, Perlie Armstrong (Gaius Charles), of New Babylon, a federation of city/states.
Dead City takes place a few years after the events of The Walking Dead’s final episode and will move from the wooded setting to the urban setting of apocalyptic Manhattan. The US government cut off the island early in the outbreak, and since then, a horde of walkers over one million strong has been amassed.
The Walking Dead: Dead City will air new episodes weekly on AMC on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. AMC+ subscribers can watch new episodes three days early on Thursdays.