Negan has finally appeared on The Walking Dead, and audiences everywhere are mesmerized by Jeffery Dean Morgan's take on the character.
After Negan appeared in The Walking Dead comics in issue #100, fans of the book series have been waiting for the live action iteration of the character to appear on screen. From the reactions so far this season, it looks like Negan was worth the wait.
Jeffery Dean Morgan has been hailed for his performance, with many believing he is a near-perfect adaptation of the character. His charm, charisma, and wit are a perfect match for Negan's tone, and JDM has set a new standard for adapting comic characters.
It may be hard to believe, but Jeffery Dean Morgan wasn't always the first choice to play Negan. A number of Hollywood stand-outs were considered for the role, and many even had an audition.
Fans are relieved Morgan got the part, but it's interesting to think about who else could have played the character.
Click through the slideshow to see five actors who were close to landing coveted role.