MOVIE NEWS – The Walking Dead’s Negan may have survived a few scrapes on the show, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan has revealed that he didn’t escape completely unscathed.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan suffered a bit as Negan in The Walking Dead’s final seasons, not just in terms of his character. The actor revealed that he broke both his legs while filming the show’s last season, but was unable to have surgery on them due to commitments. With Morgan now filming The Walking Dead spin-off Dead City, it looks like all he has to do is soldier on with his injuries.
Morgan originally spoke about breaking his leg in the middle of filming in March, and in a recent interview with Insider, the actor detailed exactly what happened. He said that he had hairline cracks on both legs and that his schedule did not allow him to have surgery to repair them. He said: “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!
“I think, honestly, just my shoes weren’t very good and I was just jumping, landing a few times. It started out as a hairline crack. Then it got worse. The bones in my heel are not smooth anymore. The series and the new series [Dead City] I had to have an operation. I had three months and I went to Spain to do a commercial. And I had a… [hernia], that’s what happened to me. So I had to have an operation and I was like, ‘Fuck it!’ my leg must survive”.”
The injury wasn’t the first time Morgan has dealt with injuries on The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln broke his nose while filming an episode of Season 8. At the time, Morgan said that Lincoln should have pulled a punch but didn’t, but they finished filming their scene. It was revealed that Morgan did not require surgery after the injury.
Many viewers believe that The Walking Dead hasn’t been that good in quite some time, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan seems to have felt much the same way. When discussing his upcoming return as Negan in Dead City, Morgan admitted that he was as surprised as anyone to return for yet another installment after he thought he was done with the franchise. He said: “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!
“If they had told me a year ago that I was going to do this, I would have said, ‘No way. I’m going to end this and walk away.’ The new adventure is waiting for me to do something else”. I think ending The Walking Dead and leaving would have been noble for all of us. But the story was so good and so worth telling that it was just that I couldn’t say no to say. And I felt revived and wanted to continue.”
With the series finale of The Walking Dead, the long-running zombie series ended, with many storylines sufficiently closed. (Read the full review of the series here.) Next year, new series will pick up the threads left hanging in the cast and follow Negan, Maggie, Daryl, Rick and Michonne in their new adventures.