The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan is taking a swing at Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama, at the inaugural Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards. Nominated for his role as Negan on the AMC zombie drama, which ended its extended tenth season with the prequel episode "Here's Negan," Morgan is among the HCA TV Awards nominees revealed by the organization on Thursday. Other nominees include Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country, HBO), Dylan McDermott (Law & Order: Organized Crime, NBC), Jason Rodriguez (Pose, FX), John Carroll Lynch (Big Sky, ABC), John Lithgow (Perry Mason, HBO), Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country, HBO), and Tzi Ma (Kung Fu, The CW).
Morgan and his wife, first-time Walking Dead guest star Hilarie Burton Morgan, received critical acclaim for their roles as married couple Negan and Lucille Smith in "Here's Negan." The Season 10 finale takes place in the earliest months of the zombie apocalypse, revealing the origin story of the bat-swinging villain and a tragic love story with his cancer-stricken wife.
Negan returns in the eleventh and final season of The Walking Dead, premiering August 22, where the ex-villain struggles to survive as part of the community now home to the widowed Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan).
"Negan killed Maggie's husband, and burnt down her house, so it's just not going to be an easy road, I think, for either of them," showrunner Angela Kang said about a Negan and Maggie reunion in Season 11 during last year's virtual San Diego Comic-Con@Home. "And Negan's been on this whole other journey while she's been gone, but it's sort of like Maggie is coming in and she hasn't seen any of that."