Morgan on The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead's Lennie James on finally bringing Morgan into the fold

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Sep 29, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT

It’s ironic to think the character has been around since the pilot and is only now being integrated into the core cast. But Morgan is finally part of the Walking Dead gang. So, how does he fit into Season 6?

Lennie James, who has played Morgan in scattered appearances over the past five seasons, opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the new season, which finds his character arriving in the Alexandria Safe-Zone. The network has been teasing a faceoff between Morgan and Rick, and James seemed to indicate the two characters will almost certainly be at odds this year. 

We’ve seen Morgan go from hanging on by a thread, to full-on crazy, to zen master warrior. So, where is he now? According to James, he’s still somewhere in the middle of all that, while still trying to forge his way forward toward something better:

“I think Morgan’s biggest fear about Rick is that Rick is where Morgan used to be. I mean that’s obvious, really, and he knows that mindset, and he knows that world, and he knows what that kind of does to you, and what it potentially could do to Rick, but also what it could do to the people around him. It’s very much an exploration of, where are you? What’s going on? And Morgan is in a different place than when we last saw him in season 3. One of the things that’s really important in the dynamic between Rick and Morgan is Rick is the last person on earth who knows who Morgan is. And despite Rick’s long relationship with the group and all the people there, Morgan is the guy who knew him at the beginning. So, they have a bond — whether they like it or not — and they have to figure that out and that’s kind of what happens through certainly the first part of season 6…

On one level for Morgan, reconnecting with Rick is going to be really hard, and it’s going to be really difficult, and is going to be a large chunk of their finding out about each other in season 6. For me, one of the other big things about Morgan is that right from the beginning he’s only ever been in a group of two at the most. It was him and his son, and obviously as fans of the show know, between season 3 at least and where we are now — he’s spent a huge amount of time on his own. This is the first time he’s going to be part of a group. All the things that the group went through Morgan is kind of going through. On top of that, he doesn’t know whether or not he’s right for the place. It might be sensory overload for him and he’s been to the darkest corner of his psyche, and he’s fought his way out, and he’s not sure whether being amongst these people is a good thing or if it will force him back into the corner.”

The new season premieres Oct. 11 on AMC. How do you think Morgan will fit in?


(Via Entertainment Weekly)