Could Morgan Return To The Walking Dead In Season 9?

Morgan and Rick in a Walking Dead poster

It's a good time to be a Walking Dead fan. Despite the apocalyptic drama being the midst of its whopping eighth season on AMC, the franchise is showing no signs of slowing down. Spinoff Fear The Walking Dead has also been gaining momentum in the past two seasons, and will soon make history when actor Lennie James crosses over and brings Morgan to the companion series. It's unclear exactly how this will be done narratively, especially when it comes to the survivor somehow leaving Rick and the rest of the survivors. But series lead Andrew Lincoln doesn't necessarily seem to think it's goodbye forever, leading many to wonder if Morgan could pop back over to the flagship series after he shakes things up on Fear.

There were lots of goodbyes, and big goodbyes as well. But there was a sort of sense, certainly, with Lennie, that it's until we meet again. It's always been that way with Rick and Morgan. I don't know, there's something in the air, that I feel that it's not quite the end yet for Rick and Morgan.

Well, that's certainly intriguing. It looks like Andrew Lincoln isn't convinced that Morgan won't return to The Walking Dead. And considering how close his ear is to the ground, this comment will no doubt spawn tons of new fan theories to obsess over.

With the long awaited crossover event now on the table, it seems like The Walking Dead franchise has really opened up its possibilities for storytelling. During Fear The Walking Dead's first two seasons, the idea of a crossover seemed like a pipe dream, considering the time and space distance between the two shows. But with the spinoff gearing up for a time jump that will put it on pace with TWD's timeline, then perhaps crossover events like these could become more common.

It all depends on where Madison Clark and her group of survivors end up on Fear. The Season 3 finale left their fates fairly ambiguous, with the group having destroyed two potential homes. But the time jump will allow the spinoff to refocus, bringing in new and exciting characters. It should be especially fascinating to see what we've missed in the time gap. Have they all become certified badasses like Rick's group on The Walking Dead? Or has the group managed to survive without being quite as tactically lethal?

But before we can know that, we'll have to see how All Out War on The Walking Dead ends. While Negan and The Saviors were up against the ropes for a while, they've managed to regroup and arm up. Somehow either during or after the conflict, Morgan will depart. Although if Andrew Lincoln's comments to EW are to be believed, he and Rick's story isn't quite done yet.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC on February 25th. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop last year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.