It’s almost here, everybody! Season 6 of The Walking Dead is mere days away, instead of weeks or months, and things are going to kick off with what is being touted as one of the most insane episodes of the series thus far. But let’s look beyond that first episode, as the rest of the season will not only show us what the future is like for Rick and the rest of the Alexandrians (and others), but it will also take us back in time. Specifically back into Morgan’s past, as one entire episode will serve as a flashback to the fan favorite character’s lost days.

Fans got reacquainted with Morgan during Season 5, as he tracked Rick down and finally caught up with him in the season finale under some pretty awful circumstances. And this was a far more zen version of the character than the person we’d last seen in Season 3’s “Clear,” in which he was fifteen shades of grief-filled crazy after losing his son. But what happened during that chunk of time when we weren’t following his actions? That’s exactly what we’re going to see in this standalone episode. Here’s how showrunner Scott Gimple put it to TVLine.
Something happened in the middle of all that. And we really do need to show you.

Obviously this creative team has a good reason why Morgan went from raving to meditative, and they didn’t just decide to bring him back because Lennie James is such an ace performer. (Although they well could have.) The modern version of Morgan thinks that all life is precious, and he didn’t even kill the pair of Wolves that attempted to murder him in the woods; it was a dumb move on his part, but nobody said that calm and calculated equals smart.

James previously shared that Morgan changed so dramatically because he met someone that had a spellbinding effect on him and completely changed his outlook on life and survival. That person obviously didn’t stick around with Morgan, for either innocent reasons or sinister ones, but he or she was apparently influential enough to mold him into what looks to be one of Season 6’s most intriguing characters. I’m still convinced it’s Paul “Jesus” Monroe, but that might just be wishful thinking.

When Gimple revealed at Comic-Con that the show would explore the past a lot, we had some hopes that Alexander Davidson, the former leader of Alexandria, would see his story told. And while that may still happen, we’re perfectly happen to get an entire segment centered on Morgan.

Find out what happens to Morgan and all the rest of the survivors when The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres on AMC on Sunday, October 11.

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