Will Fear The Walking Dead Reference Morgan's Family? Here's What Lennie James Says

Morgan with Duane on The Walking Dead episode 1

It's a very exciting time to be a fan of The Walking Dead (and really, who isn't?). The apocalyptic drama's eighth season is in the midst of all out war against Negan and The Saviors, with Fear The Walking Dead returning for its fourth season not far behind. The two shows will finally crossover shortly, as Lennie James' character Morgan will transition from the flagship series to its spinoff. It's unclear exactly how the shows will facilitate this change, or what to expect when Morgan comes face to face with Fear's protagonists. Fans are also wondering if Morgan's son Duane and late wife might pop back up, to which James himself recently responded:

His dead son? You might.

It looks like it's not completely out of the question to think that Duane Jones might pop up sometime in Fear The Walking Dead. His death in many ways was the first breaking point for Morgan, and the character has never really recovered from the guilt and trauma related to that death. Now the question is: how?

Adding Duane into Fear The Walking Dead's narrative will no doubt be challenging, as the character died off camera, and the child actor has grown up in the eight year since the pilot aired. So unless Morgan was seeing a hallucination of his aged son, it doesn't look like he'll appear in the modern timeline. Perhaps instead we'll get flashbacks of Morgan's grief, as well as Duane's appearance on The Walking Dead.

Lennie James' comments, which CinemaBlend's Conner Schwerdtfeger witnessed from his participation in Fear's press conference at WonderCon, are far from a confirmation that Duane is popping up in Fear The Walking Dead. He leaves his answer purposefully vague, something he and the rest of the cast of The Walking Dead are experts at.

Lennie James also teased how Morgan would meet the Clark family from Fear The Walking Dead, and once again seemed to discredit himself in the midst of an answer. He said,

When Morgan comes across the Clark family, he does it kind of piece by piece. He doesn't necessarily know that he's meeting a family. He meets them as individuals and gets to know them in very different ways and under very different circumstances so he doesn't immediately make the connections, and when the connections are made they kind of profound. But I could be lying.

What a tease. Lennie James seems to understand how eager the fandom is to see Morgan join Fear The Walking Dead, and he's therefore toying with those sky high expectations. In the end, we'll just have to wait and see how it all shakes down.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC, and Fear The Walking Dead will premiere Season 4 on April 15, 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our superhero premiere list and Amazon premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

Corey Chichizola
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. 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. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.