Hilarie Burton Is Joining Husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan on AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ as His On-Screen Wife

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Hilarie Burton will be joining her real-life husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan on The Walking Dead as Negan’s wife. 

According to ComicBook, The Walking Dead has cast Burton as Lucille, Negan’s (played by Morgan) wife. She will guest star in one of the additional six episodes coming to AMC in early 2021. The real-life married couple has already begun working together on an episode in Georgia. 

Burton tweeted about the news and wrote, “been pretty hard to keep this a secret.” She added that she loves working with her husband and loves The Walking Dead family, adding “they’ve been a part of our family for ages and I’m so grateful for their kindness. Xoxo.”

Not only were fans excited by the news, but Yvette Nicole Brown also shared her excitement.

Her former One Tree Hill co-star Bethany Joy Lenz also tweeted her reaction to the news, which resulted in an sweet interaction between the two.

An idea of Lucille’s background comes from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comics, where Negan was married to Lucille before the end of the world. Lucille was battling cancer in the last days of the normal world. During their marriage Negan was having an affair that his wife was aware of, but after the diagnosis, Negan made the decision to spend as much time as he can with Lucille, which included calling off his affair and devoting all of his time to his wife. Lucille’s passing was at about the same time as the world fell and the zombie virus began to spread. Lucille also reanimated in her hospital bed as a walker.

Negan uses a baseball bag that he named after his late wife to protect himself and others. That bat has appeared on the series. We are unsure just how much of this they will explore, but out of the six episodes that will run in early 2021 it seems that one of them will be used to focus on Negan’s backstory.

We are so exciting to see Burton tackle this new role and join The Walking Dead. It will be so much fun to see the couple bring Negan’s backstory to life.