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Like Glitter in Carpet, The Walking Dead Won’t Be Getting Rid of Negan So Easily

He's sticking around.

Like it or not, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s murderous, quippy villain Negan is sticking around—at least through next season. Morgan made the big reveal himself, telling Howard Stern, “I know I will be on board for Season 8.” Per Coming Soon, he then added, “We’ve finished [Season 7] a week ago. The next two, I’m really big in. I’m f**king heavy in those.” For those of you looking to see his violently satisfying demise sooner rather than later, this is awful news.

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[Even further The Walking Dead spoilers to follow after this point, in case you hadn’t already guessed that would happen.]

Morgan first appeared at the end of season 6, rounding up the Alexandria gang, spouting out lengthy monologues about pretty much nothing and then using his barbwire-covered bat to beat one of our favorite characters to death. We finally found out that it was Abraham who got the… err, bat?? But then he went after Glenn in retaliation to Darryl’s outburst, and now one of television’s few Asian leading men has bowed out. Since then, viewership has steeply declined… but their overall ratings still remain impressive.

Not so impressive? Negan, who hasn’t lived up to his hype, in this writer’s opinion. Sure, he shoots off a few one-liners and smirks, but that seems to be the extent of his role thus far. That’s why I’m not excited about him sticking around for season 8. I was hoping we’d knock him off, get the plot moving forward, and make the show watchable again, but AMC has other plans.

What about you? Are you feeling Negan? Happy to see him sticking around?

(via Coming Soon, image via screencap)

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