Producer Gale Anne Hurd
"Anyone who loves Negan from the comic books will literally be cheering," Hurd told Us Weekly in March. "They won't be able to sit down at home or wherever they are. I think they'll stand up and cheer . . . He's a completely different kind of character than we've had in the past, and honestly, I cannot imagine someone more perfect than Jeffrey Dean Morgan to bring him to life . . . [Negan is] formidable, but he's incredibly charismatic, and he acknowledges who he is and what he expects of people . . . [he] changes the whole dynamic for everyone on the show."