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The Walking Dead spoilers: Andrew Lincoln teases Negan's badass arrival

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The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln calls Negan 'the most important casting since Rick'

As you undoubtedly now know if you are a fan of The Walking Dead, Negan is coming. And when I say it won't be long now, I'm not exaggerating — we finally get to meet this nefarious character during next week's 90-minute Season 6 finale.

So what should we expect? It's hard to say, given the information swirling about the interwebz. But there's at least one new snippet of intel making the rounds online that'll give you a solid idea of the hell that's to come.

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When asked what to expect from Negan, even star Andrew Lincoln had trouble putting the threat into words. Initially, his only response was laughter. Then, this: "You know..." he started to say during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, before dissolving into laughter again. "Just get ready, man. Just get ready."

That bad, huh?

Here's the upside to Negan's arrival, if there is one — we finally get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan's face! Sorry, bro fans. I realize this reason likely holds little merit for you, but for real. Ever since I first found out Morgan snagged the role, I've been dying to see him as Negan.

Clearly, I'm not the only one who feels this way. Confessed Lincoln of the casting, "All of the guys were going, 'Aw, man. I wish I had gotten this guy!' It's incredible. Although it's also kind of unbearable. Norman and I were like, 'Ugh, all the girls on set are gonna love him."

Yeah, I can see that. Especially since Lincoln also goes on to describe Morgan as "the coolest guy" and say the cast are "lucky people" to have him.

In the teaser clip for the finale, though, Morgan's face is hidden from view for the duration. I mean, if you're going to hide someone's face, I certainly can't understand hiding that face. But again, it's all part of the great machine of build-up that's been chugging along for months now.

The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln calls Negan 'the most important casting since Rick'
Image: Gene Page/AMC

And while I feel like the anticipation might kill me, it's obviously a distinct possibility that Negan might in fact kill some of my favorite characters. In some ways, he'll serve as Rick's foil, which Lincoln thinks is imperative for the overall story they're trying to tell on The Walking Dead.

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"We've been talking about this guy for a long time. 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. I'm actually very impressed. I doff my cap to this man!" he revealed to EW.

So how does Negan make his grand entrance after so much mystery and intrigue? Lincoln plays coy about any specifics, but he does divulge, "I read the script and I went, 'This is the greatest entrance ever written.'" He also confirms what we've all suspected-slash-feared all along: The finale is "really dark."


Will the finale end in the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers — with one survivor's fate hanging in the balance as Negan's barbed-wire-covered baseball bat starts its swing toward a skull — as some fans posit? Or will we outright lose a member of the cast we've come to know and love?

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For that matter, will we kinda love Negan even though he's evil, and kinda hate ourselves for it? Only time will tell, and that time will come this Sunday on AMC at 9/8c. Get ready, you guys, because the reckoning is upon us.

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The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln calls Negan 'the most important casting since Rick'
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