One Really Gross Reason Jeffrey Dean Morgan Won't Forget This Season Of The Walking Dead

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Even though he's been a part of the main cast for a shorter time than most of his castmates, The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan has made an indelible impression on the show and its fanbase. And, of course, the show has made quite an impression on the actor himself. In fact, Morgan says he won't be soon forgetting his filming experiences during Season 8 of The Walking Dead, And fans will likely enjoy his reason, since it's due to how bloody things got. In his words:

There's a lot of blood this year. It's gross. I don't think I'll forget this year because of how much fake blood I got on me. I still have blood on me from working Thursday night...and what is it, Saturday now? It doesn't come out easily. There are too many nooks and crannies in the human body. And the blood finds them.

Let's take a moment for everyone to appreciate all the nooks and crannies on Jeffrey Dean Morgan's body where dried fake blood persisted. (Takes moment.) Okay, now moving on.

So it sounds like the big bad Negan is going to be getting into some insanely messy situations when Season 8 gets underway, and all that blood is undoubtedly tied to the highly anticipated All Out War that will go down between Negan's Saviors and Team Family. By all means, this should be the most large-scale set of battles that The Walking Dead has offered up in its going-on-eight-year history, with more characters than ever serving on both sides of the war. (Not to mention the independently antagonistic Jadis and her Scavengers.)

The big question, naturally, is whose viscera is Negan going to be covered in? Will it be the newly invigorated Carol's blood that makes its way into Negan's bodily crevices? Will the villain go plunging his knife into another one of his own Saviors, the way he did with the would-be rapist David? Or will it be Rick's blood that splashes across Negan's leather jacket and gets all up in his elbow creases?

Of course, it could technically just be a bunch of walker blood that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is talking about. But AMC put out a bunch of images of the gross-as-hell walkers that will be showing up in The Walking Dead Season 8, and a lot of those decrepit things look like not much blood is left in their tanks. So I guess we'll just have to wait patiently to see who's taking a face-full of Lucille in the upcoming episodes.

In case anyone forgot, The Walking Dead will return to AMC for its highly anticipated eighth season on Sunday, October 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out the characters we think are in most danger of dying soon, and then head to our fall premiere schedule to see all the other new and returning shows popping up across primetime in the near future.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.