Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been tapped to join the cast of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead as a fearsome new villain.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan In ‘TWD’

Morgan will play infamous Walking Dead comic book villain Negan, according to Variety. The big bad, who has yet to appear on the TV show, is the leader of the group called the Saviors, who offer to protect hapless survivors from the walkers in exchange for food and supplies.

Negan and his crew are expected to enter into The Walking Dead‘s narrative at the end of the current season, potentially making their debut in the finale. It’s likely that the Saviors, including Morgan’s Negan, will take on a larger role in the forthcoming seventh season.

In the comic books, Negan is responsible for Glenn’s death, which is why some fans believe that Glenn’s seeming death earlier this season was a fake out and that his true end will come by way of Negan’s barb-wired bat, Lucille, in a future episode.

Morgan currently stars on the critically-acclaimed The Good Wife, and also starred on Extant until its recent cancellation. On the big screen, the former Grey’s Anatomy star will soon appear in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in which he plays the father of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC at 9/8c.

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