The Walking Dead Acknowledges Morgan Being So Inconsistent
In its latest episode, Fear the Walking Dead finally acknowledges how inconsistent the franchise has been with Lennie James’s Morgan Jones.
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Fear the Walking Dead finally acknowledged how inconsistent the franchise has been with Lennie James’s Morgan Jones over the years. In both the original series, The Walking Dead, and its spin-off, Morgan has gone through a number of major transformations, swinging back and forth drastically regarding his own morality.
In the Fear the Walking Dead season 6 premiere. Morgan, who had lost faith in his own “just live” message from the season 5 finale, gave up his strict no-killing rule when he beheaded the bounty hunter that was hounding him. It was a shocking moment, as Morgan had been opposed to taking lives ever since he joined the cast of Fear the Walking Dead in season 4. The change was further reflected by Morgan’s new weapon, an axe. Just how different he’d be in season 6 was teased in his brief conversation with Virginia (Colbie Minifie), when he told her that “Morgan Jones is dead. You’re dealing with somebody else now.”
In the opening scene of Fear the Walking Dead season 6, episode 3, titled “Alaska,” Morgan is seen talking to Rachel (Brigitte Kali Canales) when he brings up the subject of change. Morgan, who expressed fear that he’ll be unrecognizable when his group sees him again, tells Rachel that he feels like he’s been “16 different somebodies since it all ended.” With this comment, Fear the Walking Dead is recognizing all the different directions that both shows have gone with his character.
Prior to meeting up with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) again in The Walking Dead season 5, Morgan was so devastated by Dwayne’s death that he became a savage killer who lashed out at anyone who came near him. After spending some time with Eastman (John Carroll Lynch) and learning Aikido, Morgan embraced a new, pacifist philosophy and turned his back on killing, (supposedly) for good. After being pushed over the edge by the Saviors, Morgan resumed killing again until the end of the All-Out War. Due to everything that happened, Morgan gave up being part of a group and developed a loner mentality. This was abandoned in Fear the Walking Dead when circumstances forced him into the company of other people.
Morgan is back to being a killer again in season 6, but it would seem that it’s not too drastic of a transformation, which is good for the series. Fear the Walking Dead isn’t trying to depict Morgan as a heartless killer. His core ideals and morality, which are the elements of his character that have made him so beloved by fans, appear to still be intact. Also, Morgan’s new outlook on killing was overdue, considering everything that they’ve been faced with — it’ll certainly be needed in the struggles ahead. As Morgan has already pointed out, the situation with the Pioneers will call for Morgan to handle things differently going forward. Because of their overwhelming numbers, Morgan can’t afford to hold back in Fear the Walking Dead season 6.