Even casual fans of AMC's The Walking Dead likely know that the villainous Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan named his barbed-wire bat Lucille, but those who aren't familiar with the comic books may not know why. The bat that killed off fan favorite characters Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) was named after Negan's late wife, which is revealed in the comics. While it isn't known yet if the series ma feature the Negan character's late wife in a flashback series of some sort, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed in a recent interview that if it does happen, he knows just who should play her.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan made an appearance over the weekend at the Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, where the hit zombie series is filmed, where he was asked about the idea of Negan's wife being used for a flashback scene. While he wouldn't confirm if there are actually plans for this scene to take place, the actor knows just who should play the real Lucille, his real wife, actress Hilarie Burton. Here's what Jeffrey Dean Morgan had to say about who should play the wife of Negan at the convention below.
"If we ever film that, I would go with my wife. I'm gonna say her cause I'll need a place to go after this is over. Hilarie read the comic books and is as much invested in it as we all are. She's said, 'Jeff, could you put in a word for me?'"
Negan's backstory was tackled in the "Here's Negan" comic miniseries, where it was revealed that Lucille died after fighting cancer. He had to kill her after she turned into a walker, showing that he still did have some decency and humanity before te became the sadistic leader of The Saviors that we have come to know. As for Hilarie Burton, the actress is best known for her stint on One Tree Hill, Extant and most recently Lethal Weapon, along with her time as a VJ on MTV.
Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group. Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors. This year, Rick brings "All Out War" to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless -- but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom, Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end. Visit ComicBook.com for their report on the Walker Stalker Con