AMC’s apocalyptic hit The Walking Dead is known for its expansive and ever-changing cast, and rumor has it a largely forgotten face could be gearing up for a return.
It’s being reported that Juan G. Pareja, who played the character Morales in the series’ first six-episode season, could be joining back up with Rick’s gang — or a whole new group altogether. Though the credibility can be hit-and-miss, Pareja’s name popped up on the IMDB cast list for the upcoming Walking Dead companion series code-named Cobalt.
If you’ll remember, Pareja’s character was last seen parting ways with Rick’s group (with a walkie-talkie, it’s worth noting) in season one to try and find some missing family in Birmingham, Ala. While Morales was Alabama-bound, Rick’s crew headed for the CDC in downtown Atlanta. We never heard from Morales after that, so it’d stand to reason he could still be alive out there.
The casting report could mean a few things. One: Pareja is joining the companion series as Morales, which admittedly doesn’t make a ton of sense, considering the spinoff is set in far-away Los Angeles. Two: Pareja is joining the spinoff series as a different character, which could make sense, if the creators liked working with him and wanted to give him a bigger role. Three: The cast note is a bit mixed up, and Pareja is rejoining the flagship series. Which makes some sense. Four: The casting report is pure fiction.
Pareja also posted a photo a while back in connection with his appearance at a fan convention with the note “Not Dead,” which could just be him having a bit of fun, but coupled with the casting report it could give the post a bit more substance in hindsight.
What do you think? Is Morales coming back? Where? How?
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