Morgan Jones is a character who first appeared in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead in 2010. Portrayed by the talented Lennie James, Morgan was vital to the survival of TWD hero Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Morgan would eventually crossover to Fear the Walking Dead in that series’ fourth season. When did he leave The Walking Dead?
In the first episode, after awakening from a coma, Rick is shocked to see the state of the world and doesn’t comprehend the undead he has witnessed. He immediately makes his way toward his home, searching for his family. Morgan and his son Duane (Adrian Kali Turner) discover a disheveled Rick Grimes walking down the street in a hospital gown. Mistaking Rick for a walker, Duane hits him with a shovel, knocking him out. Before he does this, Morgan knows he heard Rick speak, a characteristic walkers don’t possess. Morgan would tend to Rick’s wounds and school him on the state of things since the outbreak.
Morgan wouldn’t be seen again until season 3 when he is out of his mind with grief over the loss of his son. In season 5, he would appear again, first briefly and then in two more episodes of that season.
In the eighth season of The Walking Dead, after the war with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors, Morgan decides to be away from people, move on, and heal. After Rick, Carol (Melissa McBride), and Jesus (Tom Payne) visit him and try to convince him to stay, Morgan leaves Virginia.
This leads to the next chapter of Morgan’s story in Fear the Walking Dead.
How did Morgan Jones get the map?
The key to Morgan and Rick’s reunion was the map that Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) wrote, “Sorry for being an a$$hole earlier. Come to Washington. The new world’s gonna need RICK GRIMES.” Morgan would discover this is Father Gabriel’s (Seth Gilliam) abandoned church.
He finally learns of Rick’s survival and sets out to find him. He encounters the Wolves and then saves Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand), who he learns are also friends of Ricks. They take him to Alexandria, where Morgan’s first glimpse of Rick in years is when he executes Pete Anderson (Corey Brill) for killing Reg Monroe (Steve Coulter).
Love him or hate him, Morgan Jones was vital in Rick’s survival. All fans know the show would be nothing without Rick. Lennie James portrayed Morgan for the final time in the eighth and final season of Fear the Walking Dead during the midseason finale episode “All I See is Red.”