Jeffrey Dean Morgan the walking dead

Will ‘The Walking Dead’ fans ever get to know the man behind the bat? Of course, I am referring to Negan, the menacing archrival of Rick Grimes and the gang. If Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has his way, fans will get to know the villain on a completely new level.

Weeks ahead of ‘The Walking Dead’s’ eighth season premiere, Morgan gave an interview where he explains there is more to Negan than just being a straight villain. Morgan said:

“I have to be careful because the writers have so much fun with Negan and his dialogue that I have to be very careful in kind of tampering that dialogue in places to keep it open to other interpretations, because everybody wants him to be this big bad but I just can’t play him like that, I refuse to, and there’s more to him than that. This year Gimple and I are on a mission to find him in there.”

Morgan hopes to bring forth an episode exploring why Negan is the way he is and telling fans the character’s origin story. He went on to say:

“And you know, I always am hoping that, at some point, we do a backstory episode for Negan, because it’s an amazing story. I don’t know that that’s going to happen this year, but we are going to see enough of him and he talks quite a bit, as you know. So he’s going to reveal some of himself to the audience this year, which is going to be awesome. It’s going to be fascinating. Of course, he’s still going to be a big f—ing dick!”

Negan’s history has been revealed before in a standalone ‘The Walking Dead’ graphic novel titled ‘Here’s Negan.’ Not to be too spoilery here, but the story does a great job of explaining where some of Negan’s more memorable personality traits come from, and even reveals the origin of the barbed wire adorned baseball bat, Lucille. The hardcover edition of Here’s Negan will be released on October 4, 2017.

Don’t miss the premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ on October 22 on AMC.