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The Walking Dead: Jeffrey Dean Morgan says Negan is letting Rick off easy

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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s The Walking Dead season finale, “Last Day on Earth.”]

So we finally met the infamous Negan on Sunday night’s finale of The Walking Dead. But saying hello to him meant saying goodbye to someone else. Although we still don’t know who was introduced, face-first, to Negan’s barbed wire covered baseball bat (aka Lucille), the man who plays Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, went on Talking Dead immediately after the cliffhanger and weighed in on the introduction of his character. A few highlights:

On how it felt swinging Lucille:

“It felt good. I mean, I feel bad for whoever was on the receiving end of Lucille. But for me, as soon as I held her, I was Negan. That kind of did it for me. Any kind of preparation didn’t mean much until Lucille was in my hand.”

On working with the cast for that climactic scene:

“It was one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen a group of actors do. And especially to be off-camera. And it was cold as hell. It was all night shoots. And really, for 15 hours, they were on their knees — this whole wonderful cas — and crying and emoting and psyching themselves up between takes. And putting 120 percent into it.”

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On Negan as a person:

“He’s just kind of a charismatic leader. And also people are probably a little scared of him. But in this Walking Dead world, people are going to follow a guy like that. Just like Rick. Rick’s a little psychotic, I think … They’re just two sides of the same coin, really. Negan and Rick are very similar. I think that Negan’s letting him get off kind of easy. I count at least 20 people that Rick and Daryl have killed of my guys.”

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On why Negan did not want to kill more of them:

If he only kills one out of every 10 people he finds, and he gets nine good followers out of that, pretty soon you have 50 people.”

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Make sure to also read what the producers had to say about the controversial cliffhanger. Also check out our instant react and vote in our “Whom Did Negan Kill?” poll. And for more Walking Dead intel, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.

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