As The Strolling Lifeless heads into its ultimate season, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is getting again to what he loves most—household, quick vehicles, sweet and chickens.

A scorched, zombie-ravaged dystopia ain’t no place to boost your children, however determined occasions require determined measures. So when the long-running AMC collection The Walking Dead returned to shoot beneath severe COVID protocols just a few months again in Senoia, GA, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who performs Negan, a brutal, leather-clad anti-hero, introduced the whole clan to stay on set: “I had my complete household residing in Alexandria, this apocalyptic, walled-off city charred and burned down from the season earlier than. It was loopy.”



Morgan’s Air-b-and-zom-b, because it have been, occurred to be the Rick Grimes home, the location of a number of on-screen brawls from prior seasons. Shotgun spray nonetheless pock-marked the partitions the place his 10-year-old son Gus slept; downstairs at breakfast, they’d pore over the harm wrought by Lucille, Negan’s weapon of alternative, a barbed wire–wrapped baseball bat. It was an odd place from which to manage on-line college, however, effectively, what’s regular as of late?

The Morgan family refuge is in the Catskill Mountains region of Upstate New York, about two hours north of NYC.
The Morgan household refuge is within the Catskill Mountains area of Upstate New York, about two hours north of NYC. Hilarie Burton Morgan and Augustus Dean Morgan

“They fucking cherished it!” says Morgan. “And having this 30-foot wall across the city was nice, too, as a result of I may let the children and the canine out. I knew they couldn’t go anyplace.”

This morning, Morgan is just a few miles from that set, calling from his Ford F-150 Raptor—a pickup appropriate for a zombie apocalypse—after driving it to get his each day COVID check. Capturing is underway for TWD’s eleventh and ultimate season, a monster 24-episode run that can conclude in 2022. You too can catch Morgan’s new movie, The Unholy, a supernatural horror flick the place he performs a journalist investigating a lady who can inexplicably heal the sick, in theaters April 2. “Let’s face it—this yr has been exhausting for everyone,” says Morgan. “However getting again to some type of common work schedule has been an enormous aid.”