Jeffrey Dean Morgan regrets that Walking Dead spin-offs announced before series ended

So understandably, The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan and director Greg Nicotero feel bad the franchise inadvertently confirmed that key characters would survive the final season when announcing several spin-off series. For months now, fans have known that Morgan's character, Negan, will star in the new series Dead City, previously titled Isle of the Dead, alongside Lauren Cohan's Maggie. Additionally, Daryl (Norman Reedus) is getting his own show set in France, and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne's (Danai Gurira) love story will continue in yet another series. This announcement may have made the upcoming series finale much less exciting for some fans, and it's a fact that's not lost on Morgan, who told Entertainment Weekly, "That's not the way we should have gone about it." "But this is how it was chosen to play out," he continued. "And who knows? Maybe we couldn't have kept the secret. But it seems to me we could have given it a shot. I would've tried to go about it in a different way, but look, that's above my pay grade." The final season of The Walking Dead continues Oct. 2 on AMC.