‘The Walking Dead’: Plans for Morgan’s Return Were Originally Quite Different

     August 18, 2016


In your fan-fic for AMC’s The Walking Dead, there’s probably a storyline that sees Morgan (Lennie James) rescuing Rick and the other survivors from the hungry folks at Terminus. As it turns out, that was kinda part of the original script for the Season 4 finale. That’s right, rather than walking the Earth like Caine in Kung Fu, Morgan’s return could have been revealed to fans who had been waiting for him to pop up again since the show’s very first episode.

As EW reports, a commentary track for the fourth episode from Season 6 titled “Here’s Not Here” features showrunner Scott M. Gimple talking about the original plan to reveal Morgan in dramatic fashion back in Terminus, well before the reconnection in Alexandria. He also explains why that didn’t happen and how the change allowed him to cross paths with the peace-loving cheese-maker.


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Here’s what Gimple had to say on the episode commentary:

“At the end of 416, Rick would say, ‘They’re screwing with the wrong people,’ and a gentleman would come out of the shadows of the train car and he would say, ‘Yeah, they are.’ And that would be Lennie, as Morgan. And it looked like it almost could have happened.”

Here’s where James himself chimes in:

“We almost made it happen.”

Gimple concludes by reminding us just how things actually played out:

“Because it looked like a show that Lennie was on was ending. The time was right. But Lennie had a commitment to another show, which allowed us to do something super cool, which allowed Morgan to go on a journey after this episode in season 5 to see how he catches up to Rick and the group.”

Would you have preferred it if Morgan showed up at Terminus? Or do you like the way his journey turned out? Let us know in the comments below!

In the meantime, you can check out The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season when it’s released on DVD, and Blu-ray + Digital HD sets on August 23rd. The seventh season of The Walking Dead returns to AMC Sunday, October 23rd at 9pm.


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