SPOILER ALERT: Read only if you have already watched the season 4 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead.
Who knew Morgan Jones was such a Seagull fan? How else to explain why he ran, he ran so far on Sunday Fear the Walking Dead the premiere. And I mean soooooo far. Like Virginia to Texas far. But there he finally had to stay and stay for a while. The character passing from The Walking Dead to FearTWD finally met with two new potential allies, John and Althea. After releasing some dicey situations, the trio decided to help someone seek help in the middle of the road.
Good news! It was Alicia Clark. Bad news! It was a trap like Alicia, Frank, Luciana and Strand surrounded Morgan and team before the episode came to an end, creating a potential old school against new shooting mode ahead. We talked to the man in the middle of the action, Lennie James, about Morgans big crossover episode, The Walking Dead stars who secretly crossed him and what to expect to come next. (Also check out our interview with the new Fear show runners, as well as the franchise supervisor Scott M. Gimple's comments to make Rick, Carol and Jesus look like Fear the Walking Dead .)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We knew that Morgan went over. What we did not know was that Rick, Carol and Jesus would cross him, just for one scene each. Still, how much fun was it? I guess for you, with the other Walking Dead cast and Walking Dead crew of Walking Dead the place in the holes, it just felt like a shot any bonus ] Walking Dead scenes, as opposed to scenes for Fear right?
LENNIE JAMES: It really did and it did not, because it was also shrouded in privacy. And it was strange to have something secretly secret that is kind of being secret from the vast majority of the cast and the crew of The Walking Dead . So there were many crew members on what were not our permanent crew members, who were day players. So it was typical as a secret mission in the middle of The Walking Dead used to keep its own secret mission. So it was a little odd company, but it was a lot of fun.
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It's interesting how Rick says "You can hide, but you can not run", and that's exactly what Morgan does – literally by running 1000 miles or so southwest. What is his plan here? Where or what does he run at that time? Or does he just go away?
I do not think he's driving to anything. If he drives something, it's only loneliness he's doing. And he'll just keep going. I think if he has any plan at all, it is that he must put the distance between himself and this collection of people he has come to care about. And in order to protect them and to protect themselves, I think he has to set a distance. So there's much more that he's driving, going, driving, gone.
The very first scene speaks Garret Dillah's John in the forest because he hears something. He hopes it's a person, and then he shoot the walker to kill, and he sees you and asks "What's your story?" What do you think Morgan intends before John sees him? Is it taking the wizard to protect this guy, but without being noticed and then going? What do you do about John not does it trigger?
If John does not pull the trigger, he kills the walker and he continues to go. And even after John takes out the walker, Morgan says his intention very clearly. He says, "I'm just going through." And that's his intention to just go through. And I think it's part of a pattern that Morgan might have done along the way. Like when he tries to leave the drug and bandages for the man injured in the back of the jeep. This is what he does. He will help people who need help, but his intention is forward-looking exercise, is to continue. And it is literally his intention to meet John Dory's intention to keep him there much longer than he believes to be held up.
So it's like helping people, but do not build relationships at all?
In a way, yes. Go. Keep moving forward. If you encounter people, and you can do something to help them, help them. But do not get involved in them. Do not join them. Do not bind with them. Do not worry about them too much.
And John is exactly the opposite. He is a Chatty Cathy here. He has obviously been lonely and he is looking for someone to join. And then you come across Althea, played by Maggie Grace, who wants Morgan to tell her story on camera. These two must be quite unpleasant for Morgan first, I imagine.
It is exactly the opposite of what he is looking for. I have to say that both Maggie and Garret have got amazing characters to live and do great jobs to make them live. It was a wonderful and true kind of comforting experience that passed from one side and has much of my early filming with these guys to get my feet on the ground. Because we all arrived new in this environment and we looked after each other. So it was absolutely brilliant.
But in their relationships with Morgan – John Dorie is so open and friendly in the midst of this apocalypse, only the hell hurts out of Morgan. And if it was not so bad then you have Althea, who wants to put him and shoot a camera on his face and ask him the most personal questions. Yes, he could do without them both. But they have a way for them.
I can not think of anyone like Morgan would speak less than a journalist, and I say that as a journalist. Is that how you feel you're talking to me, Lennie? Is that what we are talking about?
Do you know what? I could not comment. No, not necessarily. But there have been times, Dalton, I will not lie.
You guys are filming back half season now. We talked about when you filmed your first episode and it was obviously a bit strange to you because you played the same character but in another place with another cast and a mostly other crew and you did not even really work much with the lead role yet. How long did it take you to be comfortable or are you still comfortable?
Well, part of the story of this season is partly about tomorrow's discomfort. So it's still part of my work day. We are much more located now than we were when we last talked and we formed ourselves in a family, both in front of the camera and behind the camera, and everything goes well. Because it was such a big change for all of us with relocation of the show and the integration of new cast members with existing cast members. To put together a new crew. It will still be decided, but we have a lot of fun getting it done.
It's interesting how to say Morgan's kind of awkward during the first half of the season you filmed because we see at the end of this first episode when they get out of the SWAT vehicle and say to John Dorie: "You know I'm not killing." And we've seen him say it on The Walking Dead ] and it turned out not to be so durable. So how durable is this for Morgan on Fear the Walking Dead ?
He has had a long time walking and running from Virginia and arriving in Texas. It's been a good couple of months that he has broken a lot of land and, as far as we know, he has not killed anyone in between. And he arrives in Texas as a man still determined to live by that creed and you just have to watch and see how long it lasts. Or if it does or not.
We have this confrontation on the road at the end of the episode. What can you say about what happens to Morgan?
I think one of the amazing things that reveal and the confrontation at the end of the premiere episode is that even if you think you know the existing characters in Strand and Luciana and Alicia and Nick, you might not feel them almost as good as You think you are doing, and they have also gone through some things since you saw them. And it will be revealed during the upcoming episodes and this season. Everyone has gone through a little transformation. All people you think you know, you may not have known them as well as you think you are doing.
Also, read our premiere interviews with the new Fear show runners and franchise supervisor Scott M. Gimple comments about getting Rick, Carol and Jesus to look at Fear the Walking Dead.
Fear the Walking Dead airs sunday at 21 AMC.