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The Walking Dead: Lennie James previews a 'thorny path' for Morgan and Carol

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So, Morgan is back killing people again. At least when it came to that Savior who was about to end Carol in The Walking Dead season finale. And not only did Morgan shoot that Savior, he shot him six times! Is there a significance to that? What will that killing do to Morgan going forward? And what does saving Carol mean for their relationship in season 7? We went to Lennie James for answers.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s talk about Morgan and where things ended up at the end of last season, because we saw Morgan break his code in the finale with killing the Savior there. So what does that mean for him going forward?

LENNIE JAMES: I think on one level it’s obviously something that’s going to need to be dealt with, because he spent awhile trying to walk a particular path and, as you say, he’s had to go against his code. All that, and in order to try and save somebody else, in order to try and save Carol. So I think it’s a test. I think it’s something that he’s going to have to deal with and it’s something that he’s going to have reconcile himself to.

What I found really interesting about that scene is that Morgan didn’t just shoot him once, but rather six times. He emptied the gun. What was the significance of that? Was that some frustration coming out?

In all honesty, I don’t think that it was that Morgan had any kind of thought like that. The thing about Morgan, and probably the reason why he’s chosen to walk this path, isn’t just simply because of the ethics of the path that Eastman was walking and solely that Morgan saw sense in it. Morgan sees salvation in it. The important thing to remember about Morgan is that it’s not just that he doesn’t want to kill people, it’s that he knows what he’s like when he’s free to kill people. He knows himself. He’s good at it and he’s pathological at it, and it’s not a road he particularly wants to walk down.

So if he’s killing you, he’s killing you until you’re dead. He’s not trying to make it okay for you to die. He doesn’t want to do it because one bullet or six bullets is ugly. So on one level it makes no difference to him, but on another level, his fear is about flicking the switch and heading back down the road of which he has knowledge of and of which he’s very, very frightened of in himself.

What is Morgan’s relationship with Carol now going forward into season 7?

Well, I think it’s to do with two things really. I mean on one level, I can’t tell you. Then on another level, it’s to do with where they are when we meet them at the beginning of season 7. On one level, they’re alone together. They may well be with another group of people, but they’re the only two people who know each other. Although it being Carol and Morgan, it’s always going to be a tricky and thorny path, but they’re going to get to know each other a little better. Whether that means they become the best of friends or the worst of enemies, we’ll have to wait and see.

For more Walking Dead scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.