At New York Comic Con during season 3 of “Fear the Walking Dead,” creator Robert Kirkman announced there will be a character crossing between “Fear” and original series “The Walking Dead.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” began in the early days of the zombie apocalypse and has not caught up to the timeline of its predecessor. The crossover announcement fueled speculation that AMC was planning to cancel the spin-off and find a way to move one of those characters to the original series.
But those rumors were laid to rest Sunday night during Chris Hardwick‘s after-show “Talking Dead.”
It turns out that the crossover character is moving from the original series to the spin-off in a surprise move.
Lennie James, who plays Morgan Jones, appeared via satellite during “Talking Dead” to discuss his move. He expressed his excitement about the change but also mentioned that leaving his co-stars was an emotional farewell.
Morgan Jones appeared in the series premiere of “The Walking Dead.” He was the first living person Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) encountered after waking from a coma. The two parted ways, expecting it to be temporary. Morgan was a constant question among fans who demanded to see more of him. Those requests were briefly sated in the Season 3 episode, “Clear” in which Morgan appeared to have lost his sanity. But fans still wished for more. They were rewarded at the end of Season 5, when Morgan and Rick were again reunited in Alexandria. Lennie James became a regular cast member in Season 6.
But since “Fear the Walking Dead” apparently still takes place in the past, it’s unclear what this means for Morgan Jones and his character arc. If, as many believe, “Fear” Season 3 ended around the time Rick awoke from his coma, it seems that Morgan left Georgia to go to Texas, only to later show up in Virginia. Also confusing was the fact that James spoke of “final goodbyes.” If “Fear” is still in the past, does this mean Morgan will not survive to the end of TWD’s Season 8?
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple issued a statement which Hardwick read on Sunday. It said, in part:
“Even though Morgan is going to be featured on ‘Fear,’ he has a lot of story left on ‘The Walking Dead.’ Morgan’s arch on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 positioned him for the story on ‘Fear.’ It was also important to see ‘Fear’s world and characters through new yet familiar eyes.”
Lennie James begins filming Season 4 of “Fear the Walking Dead” today in Texas.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays on AMC at 9 PM. “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4 will return in 2018.