‘The Walking Dead’ Negan actor says he ‘didn’t know’ Season Six would end on cliffhanger

Jeffrey Dean Morgan talks about the show's controversial season finale

Spoiler alert: This news story contains spoilers for the Season 6 Finale of The Walking Dead

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the actor playing brand-new Walking Dead villain Negan, has revealed that he was unaware of the cliffhanger at the end of its Season 6 Finale until its latest episode was broadcast.

The latest season of the hit US show ended on Sunday (April 3) with fans expecting a major character to be beaten to death with a baseball bat by new villain Negan. However, the identity of the character who was killed was not revealed in the episode and fans will have to wait until the next season to find out the truth.

“I didn’t know it was going to be a cliffhanger until I watched the show. That was done in my world,” Morgan told reporters, according to Vulture. “I don’t know if any of the cast knew how exactly it was going to end, which is what caused a lot of the uncertainty and emotion going on.”

“I got the script two days before I shot it,” Morgan said. “I only got Negan’s stuff. I didn’t even get the full script.” The actor added of filming: “It was very emotional. A couple of them didn’t make eye contact with me until the end of the second night. A couple of them embraced me immediately after we filmed all night.”

Speaking about the next season of the show, Morgan added: “We will pick up directly from what we saw last night. Season seven is going to pick up right where we left off. So you’re going to see who’s on the end of that bat.”

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Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, has since moved to calm fans who were angered by the cliffhanger ending, saying: “I’m sorry the fans are angry about it because I think it’s a very thrilling and shocking way to leave a season.

Lincoln added that he understands why fans may be angry at not getting the answers they had hoped for.

The Walking Dead will return for its seventh season later this year.