‘Walking Dead’: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Admits He’s Loving Harassing His Co-Stars as Negan 

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

If you’ve been watching this season of The Walking Dead, you’ve likely noticed just how much fun Jeffrey Dean Morgan looks like he’s enjoying sinking his teeth into Negan’s devious and maniacal behavior. He gets to threaten and harass and torment with impunity. Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 50-year-old actor admits that getting into character is as fun as it looks.

“I know I’m doing my job the more mad Andy Lincoln gets,” Morgan said. “So if off-camera he’s screaming and swearing in between takes, I know me and Negan are doing our job and I’ve gotten him pretty riled up. And then, of course, we have to go and apologize and get back to being friends after takes, but it’s been intense. And that is fun.”

In the most recent episode, the leather-clad leader of the Saviors arrives without warning at Alexandria to relieve the residents of their guns, mattresses, furniture, basically anything they want. And if all that isn’t insulting enough, before leaving Negan demands a “thank you” from Rick. This is a serious shift from previous seasons; it’s almost as if Negan is, if only temporarily, the show’s main character.

While acknowledging that he’s constantly doing terrible things as the new baddie, Morgan can’t help admitting that Negan is a complex and exhilarating character to tackle.

I’ve just never had more fun playing a character,” he said. “He’s really complicated and it’s a lot of work… Negan does some horrible things, which I don’t necessarily feel great about while we’re doing it. But then again, reading the graphic novel and bringing him to life, it has been incredibly challenging. And I love that challenge of bringing him to life. And I love watching the cast reaction.”

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.