When it was announced that Lennie James and his character of Morgan would be crossing over from The Walking Dead to its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, the actor appeared to be walking away — no pun intended — from the original series for good. James even spoke about how difficult it was to say goodbye to The Walking Dead cast and crew as he embarked on a brand new chapter for the character.
Whether that meant Morgan was simply moving on to a completely different place — it is believed season 4 of Fear will be set in Texas, where the show is now filming — or that he dies at the end of season 8 and his appearance on Fear takes place during the time he was absent from TWD (seasons 2 through 5), all signals were that the character would no longer be part of the original series. But is that actually the case?
Andrew Lincoln, for one, believes that season 8 may not be the last we see of Morgan on The Walking Dead. That, or he is planting the seeds for Rick to crossover to Fear as well. Either way, Lincoln indicates that season 8 may not be the end of the Rick and Morgan story, which began way back in TWD’s pilot episode. “It was a very, very sad back eight,” says Lincoln of cast members like Chandler Riggs and Lennie James leaving the show. “There were lots of goodbyes, and big goodbyes as well. But there was a sort of sense, certainly, with Lennie, that it’s until we meet again. It’s always been that way with Rick and Morgan. I don’t know, there’s something in the air, that I feel that it’s not quite the end yet for Rick and Morgan.”
Not quite the end for Rick and Morgan? What does it all mean? Is that confirmation that Morgan does not die on TWD? (Even though the character is continuing on with Fear, it has always been a possibility that it is going to happen in the original Fear timeline, which takes place prior to where we are on TWD, meaning Morgan could still be alive on the spin-off even if he died now on the original series.) Does it mean that Fear is indeed time-jumping to be concurrent with TWD and Morgan will move directly over and could then theoretically return at any point? Or is this just all wishful thinking from a star having to say goodbye to yet another fellow original cast-member?
Whatever the answer, this comment once again throws everything into question in terms of what the future (and, perhaps, the past) holds for Morgan on both Walking Dead shows, especially with the season premiere of Fear airing right after the season finale of TWD on April 15. Lock in your theories now!