Jeffrey Dean Morgan has revealed that he was surprised to learn about The Walking Dead’s ax last year, hinting that season 11 shouldn’t have been the finale of the long-running show.
In an interview published by Collider On Wednesday, the actor spoke of the decision to end AMC’s hit horror drama series, announced last September, stating that both the cast and development team were shocked.
Specifically, the 54-year-old performer said, “The news, when we got it in the middle of the pandemic, was a complete surprise, not only to me and the rest of the actors, but to everyone involved in the show from production.”
Blindsided: Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently spoke of the sudden decision to end The Walking Dead after the upcoming 11th season; he is pictured in 2019
Morgan also noted that the showrunners were equally astonished at the decision, stating, ‘Scott Gimple and Angela Kang also had no idea. It came out of nowhere and there was such a huge pivot point. ‘
The actor, who plays Negan in the series, told the media that while the writing staff were happy with how they planned the next batch of episodes, they were also blinded by the announcement.
Morgan recalled, “I think they’d all charted season 11 where they were going, and suddenly it became,” We have to close the story in a sense, too. ”
And then they threw the six episodes into season 10, and instead of 16, we do 24 more, he added.
Out of the Blue: During an interview with Collider, the fans’ favorite actor said the news of the show’s ending came as’ a complete surprise ‘
Higher Decision: Morgan also noted that the showrunners of the series, Scott Gimple and Angela Kang, along with much of the cast and crew, were aware of the series’ disapproval.
The Grey’s Anatomy actor said, ‘There were a lot of things to wrap our heads around’ when the news made its way to the cast and crew of The Walking Dead.
Morgan went on to talk about his experience filming the show after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that it was “ very weird and crazy and unreal. ”
The artist also noted that much of the series’ crew have adapted to the news of the ending and are trying to try out new ideas that will please fans and critics alike.
“I think everyone is well aware that it’s our senior year, as far as the writers and all that goes. It feels good… It opens all these new chapters that are really interesting and cool, ”he said.
Morgan concluded that he and the rest of the show’s team understand that The Walking Dead will end soon and that he is still trying to come to terms with not working on the series in the future.
Make the Most of It: Morgan went on to note that the writing staff and production crew were working around the announcement and the sudden desire to end the show ended with ‘opening … all these new chapters’; he was spotted in 2019
“It’s become such a part of my life, and a part of everyone’s life that’s on the show, it’s hard to reconcile the fact that this will be over in a year,” he said.
While the main show will end soon, the team behind Fear The Walking Dead are currently preparing for the release of the seventh season.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond also made its debut last October, with a second set of episodes set to premiere in the near future.
A spin-off from the main series focusing on favorite characters Daryl and Carol, played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride respectively, has also entered the development phase.
In September last year, an anthology show entitled Tales of The Walking Dead received the green light from AMC, and showrunner Scott Gimple will return for future participation in the media franchise.
Continue: The Walking Dead’s various companion shows have not been canceled and a spin-off focusing on favorite characters Daryl and Carol is currently in the works