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The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan shocked by spin-off announcement

"I'm still not sure why we announced that already."

The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan has admitted that he's a little shocked that news of Isle of the Dead has already gone public.

That's because, despite the fact that The Walking Dead is yet to officially end, it was announced earlier this month that both Lauren Cohan and Morgan will be reprising their roles as Maggie and Negan for a brand new series.

Just 10 days ago, it was confirmed that Maggie and Negan will take on the central roles of a new, six-episode spin-off set on a post-apocalyptic Manhattan in New York City.

"The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty and terror," the synopsis teased.

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Now, with the dust settled, Morgan has spoken out about his ongoing journey as Negan, telling The Rich Eisen Show that the announcement came as a "shocker" to him.

"I guess we don't need to die," he joked (via TVLine). "Spoiler alert, folks. Sorry!"

Sharing his bemusement, Morgan added: "I'm still not sure why we announced that already. It was sort of a shocker to me."

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The actor also revealed that Isle of the Dead will be shot on location in Manhattan. "I think seeing zombies in Manhattan is going to be super fantastic," he teased.

Following Isle of the Dead's public confirmation, the Negan star promised fans of The Walking Dead that Eli Jorné has "cooked up" a story "even better" than the backdrop.

"Buckle up, folks, Isle of the Dead is going to reinvent the Walking Dead Universe," he said in a statement.

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Of the new series, creator Scott Gimple recently hinted at the beginning of a new "unseen and insane" world within the Walking Dead universe.

"Lauren and Jeffrey have always been fantastic collaborators and now, we bring that collaboration to the next level with a series that will take these characters to their limits with the world – and each other," Gimple said.

"All of us are thrilled to take you on an all new, all different TWD epic for the ages."

Isle of the Dead will premiere on AMC and AMC+ in 2023. The Walking Dead season 11 airs on AMC in the US and STAR on Disney+ in the UK.

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