‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6: Negan’s Premiere Episode Confirmed (VIDEO)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Attends the Desierto Premiere at The Elgin on September 13, 2015 in Toronto, Canada
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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6: Negan’s Premiere Episode Confirmed (VIDEO)

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Fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting for Negan to appear on the show for years, and it looks like The Powers That Be are prolonging the mega-villain’s debut for as long as possible.

Back in December it was confirmed actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan landed the coveted role, which meant Negan would appear sometime in Season 6, though we didn’t know exactly which episode would be his first.

After much speculation, TV Insider confirmed during a set visit that viewers won’t see Negan until the Season 6 finale on April 3.

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“His name has been invoked and his group is certainly of growing importance, but it’s not like we are going to see him starring in an episode right off the bat,” showrunner Scott Gimple said, sneaking a clever Lucille pun in there.

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We don’t know much else about Negan’s intro to the series, but comic book creator Robert Kirkman did call the big bad’s inaugural appearance “bone-chilling.”

Believe it or not, that’s music to Jeffrey’s ears, as he’s eager to play an evil dude after portraying a gentlemanly private investigator on The Good Wife

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“He’s a game-changer and it’s a complete 180 from what I’m doing on The Good Wife,” JDM told host Seth Meyers on the January 26 episode of Late Night. “As an actor it’s like a dream come true, I get to be the biggest ass in the world. It’s awesome.”

Given all the havoc he wreaks in the TWD comics, we think Jeffrey is the only one who’d describe Negan as “awesome” but hey, someone’s gotta play the evil villain!

The Walking Dead Season 6 midseason premiere airs Sunday, February 14, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of The Walking Dead Season 6 below:
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