The Walking Dead: How they set up Morgan’s crossover to FearTWD

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Frank Dillane as Nick Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Frank Dillane as Nick Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC /

The Walking Dead closed out season 8 and sent Morgan over to Fear The Walking Dead. Here’s how they did it without breaking the storyline.

Ever since it was announced that Morgan would be leaving The Walking Dead and crossing over to Fear The Walking Dead fans have been wondering how the writers would work it so that Morgan ended up in the Fear world.

Some speculated that the show would go back in time and show Morgan interacting with the Fear The Walking Dead characters during their storyline, which was set behind the current timeline on The Walking Dead. But for various reasons that wouldn’t have worked.

So the only logical way to merge the two worlds and allow Morgan to crossover was a time jump. And that’s what happened. Fear The Walking Dead experienced a time jump that puts that two shows on the same timeline, for now. There has been some speculation that The Walking Dead season 9 will have a time jump that will put it ahead of Fear The Walking Dead again.

Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead picks up exactly after the end of All Out War. Morgan, destroyed by the events of the war and having to kill again, is losing his mind. Again. Even though Rick and the alliance won All Out War and took down Negan for good it took a huge toll on Morgan. Morgan decides he needs to leave to try and find his sanity again. He doesn’t want to be part of a group and he doesn’t want to kill unless absolutely necessary. He leaves and ends up in Texas where he meets John and Althea and eventually the Clarks.

A New Path For Morgan

The Walking Dead started laying the groundwork for Morgan’s departure very early in season 8. Morgan was showing signs of slipping back into his “Clear” days madness but it was Benjamin’s death and Richard’s relentless plans to try and force a confrontation between The Kingdom and The Saviors that pushed him over the edge.

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Then, when young Henry brutally killed Gavin in front of Morgan it broke Morgan. After that he knew that his sanity was slipping and he knew that despite his desire not to kill he needs to help Rick and the other kill The Saviors and bring Negan down. And he did. He told Rick that they couldn’t go back and needed to finish the war. Morgan was having so much trouble telling reality from his visions that he almost killed Henry without realizing who he was.

But when the war was over Morgan knew he needed to find a new path forward. He couldn’t stay with Rick and the others even after Rick had decided that the groups would move forward together in peace. Morgan isn’t in the headspace to handle being around people right now, even if there is no fighting.

So he went off on his own, hoping to heal by staying along and not joining a group or a community. He thought that by staying alone he could avoid being driven mad again by losing more people. But he meets John, and then Althea, and he realizes that no one can be alone in either The Walking Dead or Fear The Walking Dead world. Whatever Morgan’s new path is and wherever it takes him it won’t be a path he takes alone.