SPOILER ALERT: This article contains SPOILERS for the Season 5 finale of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, so proceed with caution or turn back now.
Some fans are outraged that the chat show ‘Talking Dead’ appears to have spoiled the Season 5 finale of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, although technically it did no such thing. At the end of the ‘Fear’ episode, Morgan Jones (Lennie James) had been shot and was bleeding out as Walkers swarmed.
His fate was left unresolved and if you’ve ever seen any episodes of either ‘Walking Dead’ show, you know a character isn’t dead unless their demise is shown graphically on the screen. However, some feel the fact that Morgan was not included during ‘Talking Dead’s In Memoriam segment spoiled the fact that he is still alive.
James’ Morgan was brought over from the core ‘Walking Dead’ series to ‘Fear’ in Season 4, in an attempt to boost ratings, which have always lagged behind those of the main show. Morgan was set up as ‘Fear’s new lead, following the death of Kim Dickens’ Madison Clark, a move that has infuriated ‘Fears’ smaller but no-less-passionate fan base. (‘Fear’ has since also added Austin Amelio‘s Dwight from the main series.)
Speaking of Dickens and her character, Madison, she was killed off-camera, but her character was still featured in the In Memoriam segment on the following episode of ‘Talking Dead’. That is an anomaly. (And it has led fans to cling to the possibility that Madison is really still alive somewhere out there.)
On the flip side, when Glenn (Steven Yeun) fell off the dumpster in Season 7 of ‘The Walking Dead’ and seemed to have his innards ripped out by zombies, he was not included in the In Memoriam segment, because it turned out to be a big fake-out.
Viewers now believe that Morgan’s injuries are also a fake-out and that he will turn up alive when the show returns, and they’re probably right. The creators went through a lot of trouble to insert Morgan as the show’s new lead, with hopes that he would bring some viewers that only watched the core show with him. It doesn’t seem likely that they would kill him off so quickly.
Co-showrunner Ian Goldberg told Insider:
“Listen, he was bleeding quite a bit from that wound. And, he also had walkers encroaching on him. Whether it’s in the shoulder or the heart, it’s a bad gunshot wound and it’s not going to be one that he could easily survive.”
What do you think? Was the decision to leave Morgan out of the ‘Talking Dead’ In Memoriam montage a spoiler?