The Walking Dead showrunners got us good with the crossover

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, The Walking Dead -- AMC
Lennie James as Morgan Jones, The Walking Dead -- AMC /

The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead showrunners really pulled a fast one on the TWD Family with their crossover revelation and it’s kind of cool.

Face it: Lennie James as the crossover character was something no one saw coming. James’ Morgan will cross from The Walking Dead universe into the Fear the Walking Dead universe (somehow–we’re still not clear on how this will work) and it took everyone by surprise.

From the moment that the crossover was announced at New York Comic Con, The Walking Dead fans flew into an excited frenzy, running wild with speculation and theories of how this would work. The timelines are so very different, how could they possibly bring someone from one show to the other…unless they resurrected a dead character and went back in time. That must be it, we cried. It must be Abraham. The Fear cast is heading to Texas with the Proctors, so surely it must be Abraham. Or maybe Rosita, but that would be challenging since she’s still alive. Surely, then, it must be Abraham, right?



Morgan threw a wrench in things.

No one saw that coming.

At this point we know exactly two things: Morgan is the character moving to Fear the Walking Dead, and Lennie James started work in Texas on November 27. That’s it. We have assurances from Scott M. Gimple that Morgan’s story will be tied up and wrapped with a bow by the time season 8 ends. (Note that he said season 8, not prior to the midseason finale, mind you)

Given that we know next to nothing, let’s talk about the fact that the folks at The Walking Dead pulled one over on us and surprised everyone. And by “surprised” I mean shocked the ever-loving hell out of us. It’s refreshing that we can still be surprised these days because everything seems to get spoiled. There’s always someone out there trying to get the scoop before everyone else, and once the cat’s out of the bag there’s no putting it back in.

I have no idea what Morgan’s transition to Fear the Walking Dead will be like. I’m in the dark with everyone else, but one thing is for sure: I’m enjoying this ride. Why not? Fear the Walking Dead ended on a weird note with everyone’s fate up in the air. This is a chance to do something completely new with a new set of showrunners in Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and Scott M. Gimple watching over the show as the new executive producer.

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So while we’ll still delight in speculating, let me say to the showrunners that you got me.

Thank you!

Well played. I didn’t see that one coming and I look forward to whatever you have coming up.