‘Walking Dead’ Star Michael Cudlitz on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Casting as Negan: ‘I’d Marry the F—ing Guy’

Series star also talks his character’s “Kamikaze run” this season

Last Updated: November 16, 2015 @ 7:17 AM

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t seen Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” star Michael Cudlitz is more than excited about working with “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who was recently cast to play the villain Negan.

“Who doesn’t like Jeffrey? Have you seen ‘Grey’s Anatomy?’ I’d marry the f—ing guy,” Cudlitz told TheWrap.

“For him, it’s wonderful that an audience, especially a TV audience, knows him to be very sensitive and loving and giving,” he said. “And then we meet Negan, who on the surface is the antithesis of all of that. But I believe that he will infuse a lot of that charm into Negan so that you will love to hate him.”

This week’s episode of AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse drama focused on Daryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham (Cudlitz), and what happens to them after they led half of the walker herd away from Alexandria.

The episode was particularly important for Abraham, who has been struggling to find his purpose in the world since he learned that Eugene (Josh McDermitt) lied about having a cure for the zombie plague. But this episode saw him experience a major turn around.

“He’s less of a mess at the end of the episode than he is in the beginning,” Cudlitz said. “He realizes there are actually things that are worth living for. He was on a little bit of a kamikaze run before.”

In a crucial scene, Abraham finds a zombie soldier on a bridge pinned by a piece of fencing. The soldier has a rocket propelled grenade launcher strapped to him still, and Abraham decides to take it. But rather than kill the walker first, he decides to go hand to hand with it.

“He chose to go one on one and literally look death in the face,” Cudlitz said “And what came out of that conflict was he does in fact choose to live and to try and move forward.”

Also in this episode, Daryl is forced to run from another group of survivors who all signs indicate are The Saviors, the group of violent raiders that Negan leads in the comic book series. Morgan is expected to make his first appearance as Negan in the final episode of season six.

And sorry fans, but Glenn Watch 2015 has entered week three.

The show once again did not address the fate of Steven Yeun‘s character, whose death seemed all but certain in the end of episode three of this season.