Jeffrey Dean Morgan: The Walking Dead Negan spinoff will “blow your mind”

Later this year, The Walking Dead will conclude its eleventh and final season, making the future of the franchise solely reliant on numerous spinoff shows to carry the story forward. One such spinoff is Isle of the Dead, which sees unlikely duo Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) set off to New York City!

Just a few seasons ago, back when Negan brutally murdered Maggie’s husband Glenn (Steven Yeun) in the season seven premiere, the idea of a Maggie-Negan spinoff would’ve seemed unprecedented. However, as time has passed — while the two are still at each other’s throats –they’ve found themselves working together against common enemies. In fact, during the season 11B finale, “Acts of God,” Maggie actually trusted Negan to look after her child, Hershel. Suddenly, a spinoff following them doesn’t sound crazy.

While interacting with his fans on his Twitter, Morgan briefly shared his excitement for the upcoming six-episode spinoff, saying it’s going to “blow your f**king minds.”

Isle of the Dead will be the fifth spinoff project set within the Walking Dead universe. The Walking Dead co-executive producer Eli Jorné is helming the series.

The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke tried to get Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is certainly a highly sought-after actor. But with his recurring role in The Walking Dead, it’s hard for him to find the time in his packed schedule to pursue other roles. One show he’s desperate to join is Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys. Unfortunately, the stars have not aligned despite Morgan and showrunner Eric Kripke’s best efforts.

“Sad for me, happy for him: He’s currently the lead, along with Lauren Cohan, on the Walking Dead spin-off,” Kripke told Entertainment Weekly. “So, schedule-wise, I don’t know. We might still remain star-crossed, unfortunately, because I did ask. We had a role come up, and my first question was, ‘Well, is Jeffrey available?'”

At least Kripke is enjoying seeing his former Supernatural stars Cohan and Morgan continue to shine in The Walking Dead. “I enjoy that it’s two Supernatural alum in the lead of that show,” he added. “That makes me feel good for our creeping Supernatural world dominance.” That’s a silver lining, I suppose.

Perhaps we shouldn’t lose faith just yet. In response to Kripke’s comments, Morgan took to Twitter once more to affirm that he’s not giving up on joining The Boys. “I’ll make it work,” he wrote.

Isle of the Dead is expected to premiere in 2023. The Walking Dead returns for its final eight episodes later this year!

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