AMC’s The Walking Dead has become a beacon in American television that has drawn millions of viewers in like moths to a flame. Or like zombies to a wailing truck horn (Because that just HAD to go off right at the pinnacle of Rick’s plan!). It’s become for many, a Sunday night ritual. The Walking Dead and its subsequent Talking Dead have brought American’s to the edge of their seats, and into the armrests of their seats, hiding their eyes in fear, or shamefully hiding their tears (Because why did they have to tease us with GLEN?!).
While many find comfort in The Walking Dead in the familiar faces of Rick’s zombie slaying family/crew, Walking Dead fans have had to become quickly accustomed to sudden and drastic turns that the show takes. Whether it’s introducing a new base, an new enemy, a new good guy who turns into an enemy, a new complete badass to fangasm all over The Walking Dead fans may twitch a bit at first, but they always love or love to hate the new elements the show adds on.
The comic fans of The Walking Dead have been chomping at the bit to begin to love to hate character Negan, perhaps known as one of the most gruesome of the the villains shown in TWD comics. And now television nerds are freaking out alongside them, as the show has announced they’ve casted Supernatural’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan to embody the baddie. Robert Kirkman described his appearance in the role to be like an “atomic bomb.”
Comic fans will also be pleased to hear that along with the villain, the savior will be joining the cast. This “savior” is the bearded badass referred to as “Jesus”. He will be played Tom Payne and his character is from a survivor community “Hilltop” set to become an ally for the Alexandrians.
“Jesus is just such a fun character to write in the comics,” said Kirkman. “…My thought is the apocalypse has been going on for so long, the people you encounter in your day-to-day life have to be extremely skilled. And they’ve been surviving for a reason, whether they were at a place like Alexandria that’s very safe, or they’re a great leader of their group and somewhat sadistic but in control of their group like Negan, or someone who’s an absolute, complete badass like Jesus.”
The show is set to return February 14th. So after your romantic Valentine’s day date seeing “Deadpool” premiere in theaters, you and your fellow nerdy lover can retreat back home for dinner and Dead. The episode is said to pick up right from the moment it left, leaving no burning question unanswered.