The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan took to Twitter this week to let fans know that the upcoming Negan/Maggie spin-off will blow our “FUCKING MINDS!” This is certainly some glowing praise for the show that many fans are skeptical about, considering the camaraderie between Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Morgan) is anything but ordinary.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Said He’s Already Read the Season
AMC first announced Isle of the Dead back in March 2022 after months of speculation. The network confirmed that the spin-off will star Cohan and Morgan as they survive in a bit different backdrop: Manhattan island.
Cool. Here’s what I’ll say about #isleofthedead I’m BEYOND excited. Thrilled to continue this TWD journey as negan. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working with @LaurenCohan. We’ve read the season, it’s gonna blow your minds. I repeat, BLOW YOUR FUCKING MINDS. xojd https://t.co/LZM3oNWqa2
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) June 2, 2022
The show will run for six episodes with The Walking Dead writer and co-executive producer Eli Jorné serving as showrunner.
“Eli has created a chaotic, beautiful, grimy madhouse of the dead for Negan, Maggie, and fans of the show eager to discover an unseen and insane world of the TWD Universe,” The Walking Dead Universe Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple said.
But the big issue on everyone’s mind for this spin-off is how Maggie and Negan will work together amicably. After all, Negan did kill Maggie’s husband in the most brutal way possible right in front of her (spoiler alert), and she’s spent the last few seasons staying one second away from jabbing a pickax through Negan’s skull. So how could they possibly be starring in a new show together? And what about those awful rumors that this show will feature a romance between the two?!
“They are two people that are very much still not friends who are going to be seen in this new terrain,” Cohan said in an interview with CBR. “You’ll see elements of each of their characters that will be new and challenging, and it’s going to be awesome.”
Despite the fact that The Walking Dead’s final season is not over yet, the announcement of this spin-off took Morgan by surprise. It cemented the fact that both Maggie and Negan survive through to the end of the show, which is something no one really knew before the early announcement. “I’m still not sure why we announced that already,” Morgan joked. “It was sort of a shocker to me.”
@DebnamCarey please join isle of the dead. I'd love to see how thwriters could incorporate your character into such a series. Keep the walking dead world alive. It's such a great escape from the real world for folks like me. And Alicia's character arc is amazing
— StagnateFilms (@MrDChenault) June 7, 2022
Morgan also took advantage of the departure of Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) from Fear the Walking Dead to offer her a spot on the upcoming spin-off.
“To the incredible @DebnamCarey. You kick ass. Period. On and off screen,” Morgan tweeted on June 6. “Whatever is next? I’m here for it. Congrats on an incredible run… [The Walking Dead] world will miss you… and patiently await your return. How do you feel about New York?”
Isle of the Dead is expected to his AMC and AMC+ in 2023.