October 1, 2015
'The Walking Dead': Lennie James Discusses Morgan's Mantra Of 'Life Is Precious' And Just How Practical It Is In Season 6

For fans of AMC's The Walking Dead, Morgan's arrival has been a long time coming. While Morgan was the first character Rick Grimes interacted with in season 1, there has been little interaction between the two characters since then, something that will be rectified in season 6.

WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers about AMC's The Walking Dead. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed all available episodes.


Morgan Jones (played by Lennie James) appeared in season 1 of The Walking Dead as the character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) first learns about the zombie apocalypse from after he wakes form a coma. After Rick and Morgan part ways, there is continual reminders of the existence of Morgan as Rick tries to contact him via a walkie talkie and then when they meet up again in season 3 (in the episode entitled "Clear"). After that meeting goes a little off center with the realization that Morgan has lost his grip on sanity, not a lot is heard from him again until AMC started showing very brief snippets of a more sane version of Morgan as he travels in search for Rick and then, ultimately, meeting up with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) who leads him to Alexandria and a reunion with Rick that was not what either of them expected when Morgan witnessed Rick terminating the life of Pete (Corey Brill) in the season 5 finale of The Walking Dead.

So where will things go into season 6 of The Walking Dead for Morgan Jones and Rick Grimes? Recently, when Lennie James was interviewed by TV Insider, it was revealed that Morgan will be "trying to stick by the mantra that all life is precious" in season 6. Lennie James pointed out though that season 6 will be "an investigation of how possible that is" for Morgan and those around him. After all, when you are in the midst of a zombie apocalypse and the only evidence of law and order is via the heads of patched together communities and safe zones that have -- at times -- questionable belief systems and attitudes that can border on the criminally insane, all life is quite often not precious.

As well as how difficult it will be for Morgan to deal with the fact that sometimes lives have to be taken for the perception of the greater good, he also has to deal with things most Walking Dead viewers take for granted.

"He can't believe he can turn a tap and water runs out that you can drink. He can't believe that you can flick a switch and a light turns on. He can't believe that there's music and that there are people discussing things other than the craziness that is outside. He is shocked by its existence and weary of the role that he may well play within the walls."
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As James told Entertainment Weekly, he also has to deal with the fact he is suddenly thrust into a large group of people, something he has not had to deal with since before the zombie apocalypse. As a result of this, Morgan may find he flounders a little in season 6 of The Walking Dead as he tries to find his way in a world he had forgotten all about and comes to terms with a large group of people again.

For Lennie James though, the greatest thing about Morgan finally finding Rick is the fact he will no longer have to be hidden from the public every time he is booked to film a scene for The Walking Dead.

"The producers hid me everywhere that they possibly could, down to aliases. I would stay at a bed and breakfast where the people running it and the guests had to sign confidentiality papers," he told TV Insider.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with season 6 on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

Are you excited to finally get some decent air time with Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead? How do you think the relationship between Morgan and Rick Grimes will play out in season 6? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!

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