The Walking Dead: Michael Cudlitz Talks Negan Revenge, Abraham Improv

By now, fans living in the Walking Dead universe know the deal: spinoff series The Walking Dead: World Beyond were pushed back to sometime later this year, Fear the Walking Dead's sixth season was given a vague "this summer" time frame, and the tenth season finale of the original series was delayed after production was shuttered over growing coronavirus concerns with reportedly less than two weeks worth of post-production left on the Greg Nicotero-directed episode. To help fans not only pass the time but also offer a way for them to connect, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton started the AMC quarantine talk show Friday Night In with the Morgans. While a number of non-TWD topics are covered (like the Tiger King bonding you're about to see in the clip below), it's the tidbits about the series that we most look forward to.

Michael Cudlitz as Abraham and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in The Walking Dead, courtesy of AMC Networks.
Michael Cudlitz as Abraham and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in The Walking Dead, courtesy of AMC Networks.

In the last episode, Morgan and Burton invited The Walking Dead alum Michael Cudlitz and Sarah Wayne Callies on as guests. As you can imagine, having Negan and Abraham "reunited" would bring a wave of questions from viewers. In the clip below, Cudlitz explains why as a director he wouldn't put Negan through the wringer for revenge (though he would if it was fun) as well as why being "put through the wringer" is something most actors actually look forward to their characters going through. Morgan and Cudlitz also offer some personal perspective on the lead-up and on-set build toward that scene (Cudlitz knew well before Morgan) and Abraham's famous last words.

Last week, Morgan and Burton called into SiriusXM's EW Live to promote their new show and was asked for any updates he might have on the season finale as well as the eleventh season. While not able to offer an official timeframe, Morgan's feeling is that in "four or five months from now we'll get to see it". Morgan liked the idea of the finale becoming a one-off event episode, "and his referring to it as "almost a Walking Dead movie" has us curious as to what the final runtime will be for the finale. As for what fans can expect, Morgan believes that viewers will see a number of plot points reach some level of conclusion in the "big massive episode."

Morgan continued, "I think obviously things are going to come to some sort of a head with the Beta and his character, There has to be some sort of a resolution. Whether that carries over to next season. I'll leave that open, because who knows. But we know he's coming to wipe everybody out with his zombie horde so hopefully, we'll see that come to a head at some point." While the writers have been busy plugging away on next season's scripts, does Morgan know how things are looking for season 11? Sorry, fans: he's as in the dark as the rest of us: "Who knows when we go back to work. I certainly don't know when production is going to start again on The Walking Dead. When we're going to see season 11 of The Walking Dead is such a f***ing mystery right now. It's just a big question mark."

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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