Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the star of The Walking Dead, has criticised how the upcoming spinoff The Walking Dead: Dead City was announced.
Morgan and Lauren Cohan will continue their roles as Negan and Maggie in the next sequel, where the duo will travel to New York City to see a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
While the news was pleasant to fans, it blindsided the cast and crew, and it was revealed before The Walking Dead's final episodes were broadcast, thus divulging the two characters' fates.
"We were surprised," executive producer Greg Nicotero told Entertainment Weekly about the early announcement. "Because we thought, 'Well, that might mean that certain characters will live," and now there's a little less risk involved in knowing that.
"I think even Jeffrey was like, 'Well, okay, we've got the cat out of the bag and we don't have to worry about Negan or Maggie being hurt by any of them," said the author.
Morgan said, acknowledging that it was a dismal move. "But this is how it was chosen to play out." Who knows? Perhaps we wouldn't have known the truth.
"But it seems to me we should have given it a try. I'd've tried to do it in a different way, but look, that's above my pay grade."
The six-part series, which was previously titled Isle of the Dead, is set to premiere next year.
"It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, but it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters that fans have grown to love, hate or hate then love, in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey."
"It also allows us to explore a portion of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a completely different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse."
Season 11 of The Walking Dead is available on AMC in the United States and STAR on Disney+ in the United Kingdom.