The Walking Dead was never more brutal than in the first half of Season 7 thanks to new bad guy Negan and his handy dandy baseball bat Lucille. Morgan has been one of the few characters lucky enough to avoid even witnessing Negan's brutality so far, but actor Lennie James still was not a fan of the first half of the season. He explained why he hated it more than any other span of the show, saying this:
Although Season 7 split most of the main players up from the very first episode after Negan's bloodbath, almost all of them except for Morgan and Carol came back together by the midseason finale. Unfortunately for Lennie James, Morgan hasn't quite made it back to his pals just yet. His final scene with Carol in the midseason finale indicated that he might be heading back into the thick of the action to help in the fight against Negan, but he wasn't exactly around to join in the hug-fest with Andrew Lincoln and the rest of his fellow actors at Hilltop at the end of the episode. Still, Lennie James' explanation of why he hated the first half of Season 7 does give the impression that filming for the the second half brought him closer to the rest of the cast.
Lennie James went on in his chat with NME to elaborate that he missed his co-stars off-set as well on during filming, revealing this:
Tell us how you really feel, Lennie James! It seems that not even showrunner Scott Gimple was spared the actor's feelings toward the cast separation in the first half of Season 7. Those were bold words coming from a guy on a show that regularly kills people off. Of course, Lennie James isn't the only actor who has expressed a dislike toward the cast going their separate ways during the early episodes of Season 7. Norman Reedus spent most of his time in a dog food-stained sweatsuit in the Sanctuary far from any of his allies, and he also shared that filming was rough. Daryl was lucky enough to escape the Sanctuary and reunite with Rick and Co.; for Lennie James' sake, I hope Morgan will be next.
Luckily, we don't have too much longer to wait until The Walking Dead returns to the airwaves and gives us an update on all the characters who survived the midseason finale. The second half of Season 7 kicks off on Sunday, February 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else you can catch on the small screen in the coming weeks.
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