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The Walking Dead: Xander Berkeley Will Be Playing [Spoiler]!

Remember back in September, when TVLine reported that 24 vet Xander Berkeley would be joining The Walking Dead in an unspecified role in the second half of Season 6 (which begins Feb. 14)? Now we can exclusively reveal whom he’ll be playing — and, in short, his character is bad news.

The veteran actor will be bringing to weaselly life Gregory, who, according to Robert Kirkman’s comic-book source material, is the leader of the Hilltop Colony, a coward to the core and a total nightmare for Maggie and Rick. Just how awful is the villain? He betrays our Gregory on The Walking Deadheroes to the merciless Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and poisons [spoiler] himself! No wonder Gregory runs afoul of righteous Paul “Jesus” Monroe (Luck’s Tom Payne).

In addition to 24, Berkeley has appeared on just about every series under the sun, from The A-Team to Zoo. (His resumé must come in volumes!) To us, though, he’ll always be Virginia Madsen’s feckless husband in the 1992 thriller Candyman.

What do you think, peeps? Given the imminent arrivals of all these major comics characters, are you bracing yourselves for what seems like Glenn’s inevitable (for-real-this-time) demise? Hit the comments!