Fear the Walking Dead’s season 8 midseason finale saw some death, some hope, and the possible foretelling of the return of a familiar face. One thing fans didn’t expect was to see Morgan Jones’s (Lennie James) story come to an end, at least for now.
This article contains spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead’s season 8 midseason finale, “All I See Is Red.”
In the midseason finale of Fear the Walking Dead’s final season Morgan and his adoptive daughter Mo (Zoey Merchant) made their exit on the premise of searching for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). This excited the fandom, but James has stated in interviews that when Fear TWD is over, he is finished playing the character he has played for 13 years.
Will Morgan appear in a spinoff such as the highly anticipated Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) spinoff?
Fear the Walking Dead – Morgan and Rick
In an interview with Decider, James states he is done playing Morgan. It is a sad thing, as Morgan has been in TWDU since the pilot episode of The Walking Dead. He did say if you see Morgan again, it is because the script presented to him was something he couldn’t say no to.
"For me, that’s it. It’s the end of the end, really for me. I mean, if you see me again, pick up the staff and start swinging it, it’s because there was a story presented to me that I just could not say no to. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m up and out. – Lennie James"
Fear the Walking Dead season 8 part 1 has been nostalgia-heavy, where Morgan and Rick are concerned. The story took Morgan back to King County, where he talked of Rick and put his family to rest. In the finale, he again mentions his friend and tells Mo, “You can hide, but you can’t run,” something Rick told him long ago.
By the end of the episode “All I See Is Red,” Morgan and Mo were ready to head off searching for Rick, with Morgan using the walkie to call out to Rick.
"This message is for Rick Grimes. It’s Morgan Jones. Man, I’m gonna come and look for you, whether you’re at Alexandria or not. I will leave this message every morning at dawn, and I’ll leave the walkie on for a few minutes after. Who knows? Maybe you might even be listening."
This is similar to Rick’s plan in season 1 of The Walking Dead when Rick and Morgan set to rendezvous in Atlanta. Rick would call on the walkie at dawn, hoping Morgan would hear him and warn him not to enter Atlanta.
Fans are hopeful that Morgan will appear in a spinoff that sees the reunion of Rick and Morgan. Only time will tell if there is a story good enough for James to be unable to refuse.