THE Walking Dead’s actor-turned-director Michael Cudlitz has teased how he “wants to put Negan through the wringer” in the next series in the Whisperer War fallout – but not as revenge.
Cudlitz previously starred as fan favourite US Army Sergeant Abraham Ford in the hit AMC post-apocalyptic drama before Abe was killed off alongside Glenn (Steven Yeun) by Negan in season 7.
He subsequently returned to the zombie show as director in series nine and 10, which was forced to wrap after post-production was halted by the coronavirus lockdown.
Answering fan questions, Cudlitz was asked whether he fancied seeking revenge against his former character’s killer.
And while the 55-year-old admitted he might make it so Negan faces his comeuppance, it would only because it would make good telly.
Speaking during a remote appearance on Friday Night In with The Morgans, hosted by the Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan and wife Hilarie, Cudlitz laughed: "I want to put Negan through the wringer because it would be fun to watch, but not for revenge.”
Cudlitz said both actors and directors long to be involved in dramatic scenes like Abraham and Glenn's deaths.
He added. "When we do panels and stuff at conventions and [people] ask, 'What was the hardest scene you've ever done?' We loved that.
“When you guys think, ‘That was so hard,' we love being emotionally available and going through things that we haven't gone through before, or things that we have gone through before in a different way with amazing scene partners.
"Getting put through the wringer, as you guys would think, that's like a day at Disneyland for us."
As we have previously reported, The Walking Dead’s makeshift finale left fans on a major cliff-hanger.
In the wake of Alpha’s (Samantha Morton) death, Beta (Ryan Hurst) assumed control of The Whisperers and led their zombie horde to attack the members of the allied communities who’d been displaced by the attack on Hilltop.
The season 10 finale had been due to track the siege of the abandoned hospital where the group had taken shelter and will instead be screened later this year.
Morgan, who’s played Negan since 2016, hinted that the aftermath of the war would continue to be felt in the final episode, and into series 11.
The 54-year-old said: “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.
“There has to be some sort of battle. Greg Nicotero directed it, so it’s going to be a big massive episode for sure.”
The Walking Dead season 10 is available to stream on NOW TV. It will air its Season 10 finale as a special episode later this year.
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