The Walking Dead casts Hilarie Burton as Negan’s wife

Hilarie Burton The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead has announced that Hilarie Burton will be playing Negan’s wife for the additional episodes being produced for season ten. And here’s the twist: Burton is the real life wife of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan on the show.

According to a report by Deadline, Burton has been cast as Lucille, Negan’s dead wife, after whom he named his infamous barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat.

Despite his villainous character, Negan has so far survived on The Walking Dead, becoming a mainstay on the show after a tricky redemption arc. He has previously talked about his wife and her dying from cancer before the zombie apocalypse struck. While it is most likely that Lucille will be making an appearance in a flashback or two, The Walking Dead is creative enough that it could bring her back as a walker or some kind of hallucination. The possibilities abound.

Morgan and Burton previously worked together on sci-fi series, Extant. They also co-host the AMC video chat show Friday Night In with the Morgans, airing from their farm in upstate New York.

Burton’s other credits include appearances on One Tree Hill, The Secret Life of Bees, the Lethal Weapon TV series, and White Collar. 

Burton shared her excitement about the news on Twitter, saying:

“Been pretty hard to keep this a secret. But I love working with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I love watching him become Negan and take on that swagger. And I love The Walking Dead family. They’ve been a part of our family for ages and I’m so grateful for their kindness. Xoxo #hereslucille”

As previously reported, The Walking Dead season ten will have an additional six episodes, to air sometime in the future while the eleventh and final season of the show will have twenty-four episode airing over the next two years.

Let’s see what Lucille brings to the apocalypse.