Jeffrey Dean Morgan has started work on the final season of The Walking Dead.
The 54-year-old actor – who has played Negan since 2016 – has revealed he is back on set and ready to shoot the 11th series of the zombie apocalypse show as he shared a photo of the special customised binder he received from his son.
In the picture, Jeffrey has the script – with a cover reading ‘TWD – The Last Season – on his lap with a can of coke in his hand as he sits in front of a roaring fire.
He wrote: ‘Back to it. @thewalkingdead @amcthewalkingdead (sic)’
Last month, he shared a full photo of the special binder – which featured a zombie on the front – and described the Christmas present as ‘the most bittersweet’.
He said at the time: ‘Christmas gift courtesy of Gusy Dean. A script binder. My coolest gift is also the most bittersweet. I’ll be using this everyday for the next 13 months, and won’t take a moment of it for granted.
‘Thank you to my dude… and thank you to @amcthewalkingdead. Ready to get back to work. Xojd (sic)’
Jeffrey – who first appeared as Negan at the end of the sixth series and was a Saviours leader before joining the survivors – is also set to be back for the upcoming six bonus episodes rounding off season 10.
In one of the episodes, he’s going to reunite with Maggie for the first time since season nine it hat is sure to be another emotional moment.
And in the final of the bonus eps – entitled Here’s Negan – viewers will get to see him before his time with the Saviors and Lucille the baseball bat.
His wife – who will be played by his real life spouse Hilarie Burton – is also set to make an appearance.
The synopsis for that episode teases: ‘Carol takes Negan on a journey, hoping to minimise the increasing tension. Negan reflects on the events that led him to this point and comes to a conclusion about his future.’
Showrunner Angela Kang previously teased new scripts and how they were shaped by the coronavirus pandemic.
She explained: ‘We’ve had to think outside of the box on how to make things still feel really scary, and really cool, and really emotional while being a little more conscious of how many people are in a scene.
‘Are there ways to do this where people aren’t in other people’s spaces?’
‘We have chosen to go in the other version of The Walking Dead tradition,’ she pressed. ‘Which is diving really deeply into these really cool character stories, and I think that is also The Walking Dead.’
The Walking Dead will return to FOX UK on March 1. Seasons 1 – 10 are available on NOW TV and Sky On Demand.