Jeffrey Dean Morgan reveals that he broke both of his feet while filming The Walking Dead season 11. First debuting in 2010, The Walking Dead ran for 11 seasons, and spawned a massive franchise of its own that includes three spinoff series, and another further three in development. Morgan first appeared in the season 6 finale of the series as Negan, the bat-wielding leader of the Saviors, and quickly became a fan-favorite character for his distinct personality and his ruthlessness. Negan’s popularity among fans led to Morgan getting a spinoff of his own, Dead City, which he will star in alongside Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee). While Dead City doesn’t have a firm premiere date yet, the series wrapped filming last month, and is expected to be released in April 2023.
In March, Morgan made a brief post on Twitter about having broken his foot. In an interview with Insider, however, Morgan reveals that he broke both of his feet, and he did it while filming The Walking Dead season 11. Morgan says that he wasn’t wearing good enough shoes for constant jumping and landing, and that at first, he thought the pain in his feet was nothing to be concerned about, but later learned it was more severe, though found himself fighting back against it. Read Morgan’s full comment below:
“I think I had, honestly, just shoes that weren’t very good and just jumping, landing a few times. It started off as kind of nothing, a hairline fracture. And then it got worse. The bones in my heel aren’t smooth anymore. I was gonna have surgery in between the series and the new show [Dead City]. And I had like three months and I went to Spain to do a commercial. And I had a… [hernia], that happened to me. So I had to have surgery on that, and I’m like, ‘F—k it. My foot’s gonna have to survive.'”
TWD Has A History Of On-Set Injuries
Though Morgan had to go through surgery, a journey which he documented on Twitter, he goes on to say that he’s “good” now. Breaking his feet, however, wasn’t Morgan’s first on-set injury while filming The Walking Dead. While filming the season 8 episode “How It’s Gotta Be,” Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) famously broke Morgan’s nose during a fight scene. When discussing the injury, Morgan said that despite Lincoln not pulling his punch as he was supposed to, the two continued on filming the scene, and Morgan didn’t have to go in for any corrective surgery.
However, Morgan isn’t the only Walking Dead member to have faced injuries on-set. This past March, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) suffered a concussion while filming the final season of the show, one severe enough that Reedus said “I thought I was going to die.” While Reedus has had concussions and other injuries in the past, the incident on The Walking Dead set was especially jarring for him, and the accident caused filming to be pushed back several days. The worst accident on-set, however, came in July 2017, when stuntman John Bernecker fell to his death after missing a placed safety cushion by “inches.” Bernecker was given a tribute in the Walking Dead season 8 premiere.
Given the action-intensive nature of The Walking Dead, and how long the series ran, a few on-set injuries are to be expected. However, the reported injuries from cast and crew members have been fairly serious, and acting injuries aren’t something to be taken lightly. While the series came to a conclusion on November 20, three upcoming spinoff series are currently in the works with each set to be just as stunt-heavy as The Walking Dead, and only time will tell if they’ll add to the franchise’s history of on-set accidents.
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