“I would love to be involved with Negan,” Michael tells Zap2It, referring to the highly-anticipated, baseball bat-wielding villain whom we have yet to meet and likely won’t see for quite some time. “If they decide I'm going to go during that time, I would love to have some badass, hand-to-hand deal with Negan.”
Despite the incessant buzz surrounding the brutal Negan and his bat named Lucille, Michael isn’t worried. “Personally, I think he's more frightening before we meet him, because we see the reach of what he does in the comics and stuff," the actor explains. "I'm hopeful we hear about him quite a bit, see the effects he has. I can hold off on meeting him for a while, partially because I don't know how they're going to create that character to be able to exist in the world of television because of the stream of profanities that he speaks with.”
Michael may be hoping that his TV character outlives his comic book counterpart, but one actor who isn’t so sure about his on-screen persona’s future is Josh McDermitt (Dr. Eugene Porter) Apparently Josh feels like the "clock's ticking" for Eugene now that the cure lie is out of the way even though, unlike Abraham, Eugene is still alive in the comics.
“I don't think anyone can ever look at the comics and go, 'Well this is how my character's arc is going to go,' but it is nice to know that he's still alive,’ Josh notes. “Robert Kirkman probably has a reason to keep him around at this point, but again, the show is its own thing and I can only take it episode by episode”
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The Walking Dead Season 5 airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.