Jeffrey Dean Morgan says shooting the season premiere of The Walking Dead as his character Negan broke him.

“That whole episode was hard, and also because I did go through and smack everybody with Lucille at a certain point. Everybody took a hit. All of that was hard. It got to the point where I didn’t want to do it anymore… Emotionally I was completely drained – all of us were, I would imagine. Andy (Andrew Lincoln) and I just went through the ringer.”
He adds: “I love playing a villain. I think that there’s something freeing about that, and it’s a different kind of challenge. More than anything, for me as an actor, it’s about challenging myself and doing as many different things as I can. I don’t know that I feel comfortable playing a villain; as a matter of fact I probably don’t feel comfortable, which is why I like it so much.”