Fear the Walking Dead: Morgan Jones, catfishing victim

Lennie James as Morgan Jones - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan Jones - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC /

The Fear the Walking Dead season premiere revealed what happens when you rely on walkie talkies to meet new people in the apocalypse.

You have to hand it to Morgan. He’s doing his best to help people but clearly his missions have been lacking since we left the group at the end of Fear the Walking Dead season 4. Now, in the season 5 premiere “Here to Help”, Morgan realizes that he was just the victim of an apocalyptic catfishing scheme.

Here is the definition of catfishing so that we’re all on the same page: “Catfishing is a type of deceptive activity where a person creates a sock puppet social networking presence, or fake identity on a social network account, usually targeting a specific victim for deception. Catfishing is often employed for romance scams on dating websites.”

We know that there are no dating websites in the apocalypse, so catfishing in the apocalypse takes on a whole new meaning. It could be said that Alpha did a little catfishing at the fair in season 9 of The Walking Dead when she posed as Deborah-but-you-can-call-me-Debbie. In Morgan’s case, Logan pretended to need help when he was in fact trying to get Morgan’s people as far away from the denim factory as possible.

Annie’s shock that Morgan doesn’t know Logan says it all: The idea that these people found a plane and used it to rescue complete strangers is kind of crazy, and so too is Morgan’s response that they only know him from talking to him on the radio. It’s totally nuts. However, it’s also a testament to how important these missions are. Logan was the only person in all these months who asked for help so they were willing to do whatever it took to reach him.

What Logan did was, for all intents and purposes, catfishing. He claimed to be someone who needed help, and yet he was actually manipulating the situation by taking advantage of Morgan’s desire to help.

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Whether Logan is truly a villain remains to be seen. So far he’s just a guy who wanted his stuff back, and the unfortunate side effect of his trickery is that Morgan’s group can’t come back unless Strand finds a way to get the plane from Salazar. If they manage to get back to the denim factory, perhaps Logan can be persuaded to change. For now, though, he seems content having his stuff back.

We will see what happens as Fear the Walking Dead season 5 continues.