The Walking Dead makers have found it’s Lucille and no it’s not Negan’s barbed wire baseball bat we’re talking about. Reportedly, the Walking Dead makers have roped in Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s real life wife Hilarie Burton to play Lucille in the additional episodes of season 10.
Before it was a baseball bat, Lucille was the name of Negan’s wife who died tragically during the initial days of zombie outburst.
Hilarie herself confirmed her casting for the show on social media, she wrote, “Been pretty hard to keep this a secret. 💕 But I love working with @JDMorgan. I love watching him become #Negan and take on that swagger. And I love the @TheWalkingDead family. They’ve been a part of our family for ages and I’m so grateful for their kindness.”
In the comics, Lucille suffers from cancer. Later on, Lucille comes to know about Negan’s affair which he eventually breaks off to spend maximum time with his wife in her final days. Lucille dies as the outbreak struck and, to remember his wife in the post-apocalyptic times, Negan names his baseball bat, Lucille.
Meanwhile the season 10 wrapped up in October which was first supposed to air in the month. The finale was pushed as everything went under lockdown and still there were some post production work was left.
Previously, talking the special episodes of season 10, producer Angela Kang had said, “It’s being treated as an extension of season 10, however, it came about because of the pandemic, and we had already started writing season 11 proper. There’s just no way we could have shot the premiere that we were planning during this time. And people felt we can get back to work safely, but just not doing that [episode] right now. There’s 300 zombie extras and people crammed in spaces. And so rather than just not do anything at all, the studio asked us, ‘Hey, can we do some episodes that pick up off of the end of season 10 and kind of continue the story and lead right into season 11?’ In a way, creatively, it’s a way to bridge, but it kind of came about because of the needs of the pandemic, and it’s given us this great opportunity to dive into characters and do some experiments with the storytelling out of the box that we were in, in terms of production limitations and the parameters of what we had to do. I hope that these episodes end up being really satisfying stories for the fans, because I think you get to really dive into some of these characters in fun ways.”