Both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead have offered some of the most gruesome scenes on TV in recent memory.
When it was announced that a character from one show would be crossing over to the other, fans were buzzing with anticipation. The series’ creator Robert Kirkman revealed the news at a comic event, confirming the crossover but not providing any information beyond that.
Fans speculated how the crossover would link the two series together. Despite being based in the same universe where a zombie apocalypse has brought down the world, the shows’ characters and locations have been kept largely separate.
There were even concerns about how the differing timeline could influence the crossover. Some fans anticipated that a character who had been killed off on The Walking Dead could resurface in Fear the Walking Dead, as Fear is believed to be taking place earlier than its longer-running counterpart.
In its eight seasons, The Walking Dead has been known to bring back deceased characters in dreams, hallucinations, and flashbacks. Given the high-level of fan interest in the show and the investment viewers have in the characters, seeing an old face is always an exciting moment.
The character who will bridge the gap between the two shows was finally announced on a recent episode of Talking Dead, The Walking Dead’s after show that features interviews, sneak peaks, and more exclusive content.
Lennie James, who plays Morgan Jones, will receive the honors and make an appearance in the spinoff series. A long-time fan favorite with many memorable quotes and action scenes to his name, Morgan is now one of the more important major characters in the show.
Morgan made his debut in The Walking Dead’s first episode. He helped enlighten the show’s main character, Rick Grimes, about the state of the world after Rick had awoke from a coma. A few seasons later, Morgan returned to the show for one episode. However, the horrors of the world had affected him greatly, leaving him in a dangerous mental state and putting him at odds with the show’s protagonists.
Morgan has been back full-time for a few seasons now, and his character continues to evolve. Though he returned with a newfound respect for life and a calmer mindset, he has struggled to balance that with the fight for survival. The character’s death has even been teased in the show, keeping viewers on edge about his future.
Just because the character of Morgan is making an appearance in the other show doesn’t mean he’s a goner in the main program. Showrunners like to mix things up and sometimes deliberately throw off viewers in an attempt to keep the show surprising.
The crossover could provide some insight about Morgan’s life between his appearances on The Walking Dead. There were multiple time lapses where his life was discussed briefly, but never shown in detail. Not only could his appearance on Fear provide more information about his background, but it could also give viewers a chance to see how his mentality would affect his perceptions of another group of survivors.
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