For months, AMC has been hinting that a main character of The Walking Dead would be joining the cast of Fear the Walking Dead, or vise-versa, in a major crossover event. At the time, fans speculated that character swap would originate from the main series, and that the move was an attempt to bolster the ratings of Fear the Walking Dead. As of last night’s episode of Talking Dead, we now have our answer: Lennie James’ Morgan will be joining the cast of Fear the Walking Dead!
James appeared on Talking Dead to discuss the announcement, where he revealed that he will remain on The Walking Dead for the remainder of Season Eight. He will appear in Fear the Walking Dead for Season Four. Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick read the following statement from The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple about Morgan, and where he is headed as a character:
“Even though Morgan is going to be featured on Fear, he has a lot of story left on The Walking Dead. Morgan’s arc on The Walking Dead Season Eight positioned him for the story on Fear. It was also important to see Fear‘s world and characters through new yet familiar eyes.”
Ironically, the landscape has changed dramatically since the original rumor began swirling, and the general assumption was made that AMC would use The Walking Dead‘s ratings prowess and cultural impact to improve the performance of Fear the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is currently netting its lowest ratings since 2011, so only time will tell if moving a popular character from a show that is currently hemorrhaging viewership to a less popular show will pay off for either series. Regardless, a crossover event of any kind will likely engage both shows’ remaining audiences, and it could draw back some recently lost viewers.
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