E Online – They’re enemies on screen, but in real life, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan couldn’t love each other more.
However, as the duo revealed to E! News at the show’s big season eight premiere/100th episode celebration, all the love in the world couldn’t stop Lincoln from getting a little too into character during a fight scene between Rick and his nemesis, Morgan’s Negan. “We really do beat each other up,” Morgan admitted about the all-too-real scraps between the characters. “He punched me. He broke my nose.”
“But then he kneed me in the Willy Wonka,” Lincoln said with a laugh.
“I barely kneed him in his junk and it’s like that was payback,” Morgan responded. “No! He dropped me.”
“I did drop him,” Lincoln conceded. “Breaking news!”
EW – Uh-oh. If you thought we were done with major characters dying off on The Walking Dead after the brutal last season, you thought wrong. It seems we will be losing some favorite faces since again in season 8, which kicks off Oct. 22 on AMC.
That’s according to series star Andrew Lincoln, who dropped the bombshell at a SiriusXM The Walking Dead Town Hall taping Saturday afternoon (hosted by yours truly and airing on Entertainment Weekly Radio, channel 105, at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 19).“There’s some big deaths this season, just to warn everybody,” said Lincoln.
EW – Negan made quite the entrance in the season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, and then spent season 7 terrorizing our heroes. But actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan tells EW that we’re going to see more sides to the big bad in season 8, which premieres Oct. 22 on AMC. “We’re going to start seeing slivers of who this guy is beyond the brutality that we saw in season 7,” says Morgan. “The most fascinating stuff that I’ve got to do this year is seeing behind the leather jacket.”
Not that he’ll be that different. “He’s still going to be a big f—ing dick,” the star says with a laugh. We spoke to Morgan to get some scoop on what to expect coming up, and while looking into the future, he expressed a desire to also dig deeper into Negan’s past.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We’ve seen Negan when he’s firmly in power and in charge. But what kind of Negan are we going to see now in the throws of war, when the kids in the schoolyard start standing up to the bully?
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN: Well, you know, I don’t look at it quite the same way. I don’t know that Negan really sees himself as the bully in this circumstance. I think what’s interesting about this year — for me and for Negan — is that we’re going to start seeing slivers of who this guy is beyond the brutality that we saw in season 7.
My favorite episode last year was where I got to do some stuff with Chandler Riggs [who plays Carl], where you can start to see little glimpses of Negan and who he is as a man and not just this guy swinging a big bat around. We’re going to find some more things about Negan, which I think are fascinating. I think the audience is going to really kind of dig it too.
But you don’t see him as a bully?
It was a busy week for Jeffrey. On Thursday (1) he taped an interview that will air on “ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers”, to promote The Walking Dead.
“My first [encounter] was after the show had aired [with Negan joining] and I did a ‘Walker Stalker’ convention in Atlanta. It was phenomenal to meet these fans. Norman [Reedus] and I were the first ones there and the last to leave these two nights, because I think we had the craziest fans!”
The episode didn’t air yet, but we’ll post here as soon it’s available.
Jeffrey visited last night the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, and gave the host a huge gift basket full of candy, directly from Samuel’s Sweets.
On Negan, JDM agrees that “he’s a bad guy” but he continues to say that “he does it with a sense of humor and charisma” and that’s why Negan is the bad guy fans love to hate. He talks about how fans are attracted to Negan in a varied and unusual way, which always surprises him. He loves the fans, of course, and laughs at how many baseball bats he has seen since taking the role. Watch the interview below: