We're currently knee deep into The Walking Dead's seventh season, and it's a very unique one. The overall story has been abandoned for capsule episodes, with each episode focusing on just a few characters at a time. And while this pace might be a bit frustrating for TWD fans, there is a certain character who is making it all worth it: Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's big villain has turned the series on its head, with his mixture of charm, violence, and horror. The fandom all loves to hate him, and now it appears that some people just plain love to love him.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently appeared on The Howard Stern Show, where he talked at length about The Walking Dead and Negan's role in the series. The actor eventually revealed that he's been getting some racy letter from female fans, saying:
It looks like Lucille isn't the only one whose thirsty. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's performance as Negan is so captivating that droves of fans want to do the horizontal mambo with the villain.
This type of fan response really speaks to how complex the character of Negan is, as well as Jeffrey Dean Morgan's ability to bring him to the small screen. While Negan may be the most horrifying villain in the series since The Governor, there is something genuinely likable about the guy. Negan is full of off color jokes, and it constantly smiling with his pearly whites. It's an interesting dynamic, because no matter how much you fear and hate the character, he'll say something that will turn it all around for you. This type of writing is something pretty unique- I can't think of a time I loved the villain of a series in such a way since Russell Edgington in True Blood.
Regarding the BDSM-heavy letters that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is receiving, his character would probably be thrilled. One of the more insidious characteristics of Negan is that he uses his position of power to take on multiple wives. These wives get more food and resources than average folks within The Savior compound, but they also have to compromise their free will and sexuality to please the head honcho. And although this is surely no way to live, Negan's thriving libido within the zombie apocalypse can surely seem appealing to TV audiences.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens to Negan as The Walking Dead continues. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has stated clearly that he'll be around for Season 8, so it looks like the eventual revolt against Negan is still a long time coming.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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