In October an official The Walking Dead/Fear The Walking Dead crossover was teased at New York Comic Con by Robert Kirkman. Since that time, no news has been released about the topic — until tonight.
On Sunday’s episode of The Talking Dead, it was revealed that Lennie James, aka Morgan from The Walking Dead would be joining the cast of Fear The Walking Dead. Minimal details were provided when The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick interviewed Lennie James live from the set of Fear The Walking Dead. However, what little details were provided ending up making things even more confusing for fans. Let’s break down what we know:
What will the timelines be?
The interview with James left many scratching their heads as to whether Morgan’s arc on Fear The Walking Dead would take place before or after his time on The Walking Dead. After all, it’s reasonable to assume Morgan was in Atlanta at the start of the apocalypse, seeing as he helps Rick on roughly day 59 of the outbreak. Would Morgan travel all the way from Austin to Atlanta within 59 days of the start of the zombie apocalypse? Possible, but unlikely.
Scott Gimple’s comments complicate the timeline even more
If Morgan isn’t going to join Fear The Walking Dead as a prequel to his own time on The Walking Dead, it would appear he leaves Alexandria to venture south for an unknown reason. Are his ongoing mental struggles a reason for him to abandon ship and move south? While this again seems like a plausible explanation, Scott Gimple provided a statement on The Talking Dead that seems to conflict with this theory:
“Even though Morgan is going to be featured on Fear, he has a lot of story left on The Walking Dead — there is also a whole rest of Season 8 to look forward to of The Walking Dead as well. Morgan’s arc on The Walking Dead Season 8 position him for his story on Fear. It’s also important to see Fear’s world and character through new yet familiar eyes.”
The comment by Gimple seems to imply that present day Morgan will be heading to Fear, which doesn’t seem to sync well with Fear The Walking Dead’s own “early days of the apocalypse” timeline. Will we see a flash forward that involves Morgan during Season 4 of Fear?
Also, why is Lennie James acting like Morgan died on The Walking Dead?
This might be the most perplexing question of them all. When asked about his new role on Fear The Walking Dead, James went on a long tangent about how great it’s been working on the mother show and how badly he’ll miss his cast members and crew. While visibly upset, James said:
“I only just finished shooting a week ago in Atlanta. The hardest part of it has been leaving The Walking Dead, leaving that cast, leaving that crew. And I’ve said my goodbyes to the cast and stuff and I’ve said my goodbyes to the crew, but I would just like to say about the crew, because as actors we take all the bows, but it all falls on the back of that crew. They’re an amazing bunch of people and I’m going to miss them very, very, very, very much.”
When asked how she feels about James heading off to Fear The Walking Dead, Melissa McBride who plays Carol stated, “Well I thought I was all cried out until I just saw his face right now…”
If this is just a temporary stint on Fear, why do all of these statements make it seem as though Lennie James isn’t coming back to The Walking Dead? If Morgan dies in the Season 8 finale, it would mean his time on Fear will, in fact, be a prequel. But none of these details seem to make any sense when taking Scott Gimple’s statement about having “more Morgan related story to tell on The Walking Dead” into account.
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