Yikes. Most of us were wrong about this one, for good reason.
It's Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James, who did not seem happy about the change.
"Yeah, it's me," Lennie James said by satellite on "Talking Dead." He admitted he was "surprised" himself to be joining the cast of "Fear the Walking Dead."
He also added what sounded like a spoiler on Morgan's fate:
"The hardest part of it... has been leaving 'The Walking Dead' — leaving that cast, leaving that crew." But, on "Fear," "I'm really looking forward to exploring Morgan in a whole different world, with different characters, in a different place."
So does Morgan die at the end of Season 8, or just leave the Alexandria, VA, area? TWD Season 8 just finished filming its 16 episodes last week in Atlanta. Now James is heading right back to work filming "Fear" this Monday in Austin, Texas. So that's probably why we got this news last night -- AMC wanted to beat the inevitable set spoilers to the punch.
TWD showrunner Scott M. Gimple teased more in a statement:
"Even though Morgan is going to be featured on 'Fear,' he has a lot of story left on 'The Walking Dead.' Morgan's arc in Season 8 positioned him for the story on 'Fear.' It was also important to see Fear's world and characters through new yet familiar eyes."
Many fans figured Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) would be the crossover character, since "Fear" is set before the timeline of "Walking Dead," and the current "Fear" storyline is in Texas. Abraham was from Texas before his group connected with Rick Grimes.
But now it's Morgan, and fans are confused about how he'll end up part of that world. Rick met Morgan in Atlanta, as his first zombie apocalypse tour guide in the pilot episode. Did Morgan head to Texas after "Clearing" but before he went to find Rick? Gimple said his Season 8 storyline positions him for "Fear," so does he leave D.C. for Texas, and a "Fear" time jump catches up the two timelines? Guess we'll find out.
It's sad that fans waited so long to see Morgan again, and then TWD just didn't seem to know what to do with him once he joined Rick's group.
"Walking Dead" Season 8 continues Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. "Fear the Walking Dead" Season 4 arrives in 2018.
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