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Dead, Morgan Win Year-End Plaudits; Jeffrey Dean Morgan Teases Negan

This week, The Walking Dead and Season 6’s Morgan-centered episode win year-end plaudits, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan teases Negan. Plus, Steven Yeun wins actor of the year at the Unforgettable Awards. Read on for more:

The Orange County Register considers The Walking Dead one of the year’s top dramas, describing it as “the most exciting show on television – not to mention one of the most thought-provoking.”

• “Somehow this show still manages to continually up the ante without jumping the shark, and with the promise of super-baddie Negan in 2016, it’s only going to get better,” Digital Spy writes in choosing The Walking Dead as one of 2015’s best TV shows.

The Walking Dead is one of Channel Guide Magazine‘s things worth celebrating in 2015 because the show was “alive and kicking in Seasons 5 and 6, with some of the most engrossing and grossest episodes of the series.”

Yahoo TV applauds “Here’s Not Here,” noting that the “transformation of TWD’s Morgan Jones was a mystery viewers had been waiting to learn more about since his reunion with his friend Rick Grimes was teased in Season 5.” also believes that “Here’s Not Here” was one of the year’s best episodes since “Morgan’s journey has been one of the most compelling aspects of The Walking Dead.”

• Jeffrey Dean Morgan appears on The Talk to discuss Negan and says he took the part “almost immediately” when it was offered, according to TVRuckus. spotlights Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s appearance on Opie With Jim Norton where he said about Negan, “He’s gonna put the hurt on people but he’s also got a great sense of humor.”

Variety reports that Steven Yeun won Actor of the Year at the Unforgettable Awards (which honors Asian talent in the media) and says, “As a community, that’s why events like these are important because we get to come together and push each other more and lift each other up.”

MTV‘s list of TV’s best characters includes Carol (“the real hero of this show”) and Glenn (“the Good Angel in a show filled with conflicted, often merciless characters”).

• Sonequa Martin-Green is one of TV’s most underrated actresses, according to CarterMatt, which calls hers a “standout performance amidst a sea of great actors.”

Hypable thinks Glenn’s near-death was one of TV’s biggest moments this year, noting that “when it was finally revealed that he survived (after having crawled under a garbage box), the world could finally exhale in relief.”

Moviepilot looks back at Glenn’s journey over the course of the show, since there’s “no denying Glenn’s come a long way since delivering pizzas in the pre-apocalypse world.”

Inverse believes The Walking Dead had one of the year’s most astounding cliffhangers: “The show ended its mid-season finale while the survivors were attempting to sneak past a crowd of walkers, so here’s hoping the premiere will pick up from that very moment Sam called out for his mother.”

Wetpaint posts some Season 6 behind-the-scenes photos, observing that the cast “definitely had some lighter moments in between takes.”

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