More than just about any other season, year six of The Walking Dead represented a massive shift for the status quo in the hit AMC series. One of the biggest moves? Bringing back a character who has been in the fringes since the pilot episode.
Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Season 5, and potentially Season 6!
While speaking at a NAB Show panel, creator Robert Kirkman talked about the long game of finally bringing long-lost survivor Morgan (Lennie James) back into the fold. Morgan helped introduce Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to the zombie apocalypse back in season one, and popped up a time or two since (albeit in the midst of a mental breakdown). Season five checked in on Morgan a few times, and found him tracking our survivors in hopes of joining up with the living.
Now that Morgan’s long journey has finally reached Alexandria, Kirkman promises the character will definitely be a key part of the ensemble in Season 6. Considering the zen status he seems to have achieved, and the fact that Rick is on the verge of going dark, we’d imagine he’ll make one heck of a good foil for our fearless deputy:
"Having Rick and Morgan together, finally, again is a huge deal, and it’s definitely going to be a big part of Season 6. Now it’s a very different Rick and a very different Morgan who are going to have a completely different relationship. And it’s the questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together — if they’re going to work together — and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six."
Kirkman also touched on the longevity of the series, which shows no signs of slowing down in the ratings department. Considering the series is based on Kirkman’s long-running comic series — and the fact that they’re still cranking out issues every month — he said the series could run for several more years as they try to tell this insanely ambitious story:
"This isn’t the kind of show where the creative team is going to say, ‘It’s important to us that we end it here. The story that we’re trying to tell is so big, and the framework is set in the comics — I’m producing more than 12 issues a year. All of that stuff is stuff that we would like to someday adapt into the show. Our longterm goal was to tell this unrealistically massive huge story, so by going season after season after season, we actually are maintaining the integrity of what we originally set out to do. So I think there’s a possibility to go for many, many years."
The Walking Dead returns this October with its sixth season. Are you glad to see Morgan finally take his place with the group?
(Via The Wrap)