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As exciting as The Walking Dead is, fans are familiar with how goofy and over-the-top the show can get. Understandably, the folks at Robot Chicken are oh so aware, and they put together a bunch of pitch-perfect parodies for The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking. The zombie-filled special welcomed almost the full Walking Dead cast and more stars, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Harry Potter vet Daniel Radcliffe showing off their singing talents in humorous ways. In the exclusive clip below, taken from the special's upcoming DVD release, Robot Chicken creator Matthew Senreich talks about the musical moments, including a fun story about Negan's signature lean.
As you'll notice, the second half of the clip is about Negan's lean, notably his half-signature maneuver. Granted, it hasn't shown up as much in Season 8, where he's spent more time sitting down than usual, and one has to wonder if this special played a role in getting him to rethink his instincts. Not that Morgan is pissed or anything. As creator Matthew Senreich puts it below, the actor was totally game to make fun of himself in this moment.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was unbelievable, and we have him do this Negan dip song about the dip he does as that character. And when he read it, he said, 'You know, I didn't realize that I did that dip. And then everyone started making fun of me. You're making fun of me.' And we're like, 'Should we not be making fun of you?' And he's like, 'No, you should be making fun of me.' And he just leaned into it really hard.
I like to think that "leaned into it" was a pun on Senreich's part. Hey, Negan, give me a never-ending series of dips if you agree.
Thanks, Negan! The exclusive clip above also brings up the almost unbelievable involvement of Daniel Radcliffe as Terminus' sing-song leader Gareth. Radcliffe signed on for the special after Walking Dead vet Andrew J. West stated he wanted no part in the singing side of things. For my money, I think the Robot Chicken special lucked out with that substitution. But will West take the title role if the Adult Swim series ever does a Harry Potter special? Probably not.
Fans can find The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking when it hits retail and beyond on Tuesday, March 27. Outside of the special's 22 minutes of Grimes-joshing, star-studded hilarity, the special will also include the feature "Behind-the-Scenes Making of The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking" and deleted scenes, as well as a commentary track from Robot Chicken's Matthew Senreich, Seth Green and Tom Sheppard, who are joined by The Walking Dead's Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman. And if you're wanting to listen to those stellar songs without a TV, you can find the official soundtrack hitting stores on Friday, March 23. The release includes the tracks "Welcome to Terminus," "Do the Negan," "Someplace" and "Dale Dale the RV King." (With Norman Reedus as Dale, interestingly.)
So remember to pick that DVD up on Tuesday, March 27, and keep an eye out for the release date for the second half of Robot Chicken Season 9. Also remember to tune into The Walking Dead every Sunday night on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET. And when there's nothing else to do, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see all the new and returning shows on the way.