In the season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was reunited with an old friend, Morgan (Lennie James) from the early days of the series. But while they were apart, the two survivors reversed roles in the zombie apocalypse, with Rick now being the one on the brink of madness, and Morgan being the voice of reason and humanity. Not only that, Morgan arrived just in time to watch Rick unceremoniously gun down Pete (Corey Brill) in The Walking Dead version of Mayberry.
The fact that this happened at the end of the season for The Walking Dead is surely no coincidence and a harbinger of what’s to come for the next Walking Dead installment, which premieres this Sunday, October 11. Walking Dead spoilers have been circulating that an impending standoff may be coming between the yin and yang of how to survive a zombie apocalypse, and the madness of humanity that ensues.
James recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the new dynamics of his relationship with Rick on the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, which may end up more “frenemies” than “bromance” from the look of things.
“I think Morgan’s biggest fear about Rick is that Rick is where Morgan used to be. I mean that’s obvious, really, and he knows that mindset, and he knows that world, and he knows what that kind of does to you, and what it potentially could do to Rick, but also what it could do to the people around him.”
Which is to say, Morgan is in pretty much the same place as a lot of Walking Dead fans who are wondering what on earth is going on with Rick. Is he just doing what has to be done, or has he finally gone completely over the edge? And as The Walking Dead has asked before, is there any coming back?
“One of the things that’s really important in the dynamic between Rick and Morgan is Rick is the last person on earth who knows who Morgan is. And despite Rick’s long relationship with the group and all the people there, Morgan is the guy who knew him at the beginning. So, they have a bond — whether they like it or not — and they have to figure that out and that’s kind of what happens through certainly the first part of season 6.”
Last season on The Walking Dead, a handful of The Wolves attacked Morgan, and he insisted on showing mercy, and not killing them. This is been a hot debate among fans of the show, as to whether he did the right thing and that his new pacifist approach is reasonable in the zombie apocalypse. Tyreese (Chad Coleman) had struggled with the same problem last season on The Walking Dead, and it didn’t work out so well for him.
Forbes asked the questions many Walking Dead fans are asking about how Morgan will influence Rick this season, and if Morgan is the role model to follow for the group.
“Was Morgan’s mercy a mistake? Will it have its own consequences down the road? If he had killed his attackers, would that have saved the lives of others? It’s possible. But even still, does it make that action right? What is justice in a zombie apocalypse? What is leadership? Where do you draw the line between doing what must be done and doing what ought to be done?”
On this season of The Walking Dead, will Morgan be the new moral compass, and if so, does that mean he will die soon? Because any fan of The Walking Dead can tell you the quickest way to exit the show is to become the group’s moral compass. Just ask Dale, Andrea, Hershel, Beth, or Tyreese.
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 11, on AMC.
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