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The Walking Dead fans better wear soft shoes. Everyone is anxiously awaiting Negan's introduction on the AMC series but they'll likely learn the phrase, "Be careful what you wish for," is some advice they should have listened to.
Negan's arrival will be brutal... However, it will also be "phenomenal," according to Morgan actor Lennie James.
"I know that Ross [Marquand] has talked about first reading the [finale episode's] script and one of the things that's kind of exciting about this production, this gig doing The Walking Dead, is how many people involved with it both behind the camera and in front of the camera are genuine fans of the show," James told ComicBook.com over the weekend. "I know people have said it over and over again but it bears repeating: There's an incredible enthusiasm for this show amongst the people who are making it, let alone the the people who are watching it. So, when that final episode script came out, and there's a lot where you read the script and you arrive on set and say something to other actors and cast or crew and, 'Have you read 13? Have you read 14? Have you seen what happened? Wow! That's gonna be amazing!' There's always those conversations but all of that was topped in a massive way when the finale episode of the season came out."
There's one thing in particular that has James especially excited for the finale, and its name is Negan.
"Firstly, it is a phenomenal piece of writing," James says. "Secondly, it is one of the greatest introductions of a character that I can remember in any television series, let alone in our television series. It's a phenomenal entrance. I don't want to build it up too much but it's probably to late now. It's amazing. For me, it was two things really. One was it was a sense of, "Oh, my god. That's gonna be amazing." Two was a desire to see it come to fruition and, from all intents and purposes and everything I know, it's fantastic. Jaws are gonna drop and people are gonna lose their shit, if you don't mind me saying. It's gonna blow some people's minds and break some people's hearts."
In other words, Walking Dead fans, be careful what you wish for.
The Walking Dead's finale airs April 3 and 9 PM ET on AMC, with two more episodes on the remaining Sundays in the mean time.