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Negan's Walking Dead introduction is "brilliant" & "really dark", say Andrew Lincoln

Negan is coming to The Walking Dead, and while Rick Grimes may dread his approach, Andrew Lincoln is very excited. Lincoln, who plays the deputy-turned-survivalist in AMC's hit zombie apocalypse series, even told Entertainment Weekly that he thinks it's "the greatest entrance ever written".

“We’ve been talking about this guy for a long time," Lincoln said. "It’s probably the most important casting since Rick, really. Everybody needs a hero, but I think they probably need a really good baddie even more. Negan’s incredibly charismatic. In this deranged society, there is a kind of logic to the way that he is running the place. He runs a tight ship, I’ll tell you that much".

Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who you may remember as The Comedian in Watchmen), will be introduced in The Walking Dead's 90-minute season 6 finale on Sunday. Until then, AMC has released some teaser images showing Morgan in Negan's leather jacket and wielding his trademark barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat, Lucille. You'll probably have to wait for season 6 to come out on Blu-ray before you can properly enjoy all of Negan's F-bombs, though.

Minced oaths aside, “it’s an incredibly brilliant and well constructed and tense final episode,” Lincoln said. “It’s really dark, man. It’s really dark”.

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.