When Lennie James’ character Morgan moved from The Strolling Lifeless to Worry the Strolling Lifeless, it basically rebooted the present. Most of what was left of the Clarke household was dispatched of, and a slew of latest characters to assist Morgan had been launched. Whether or not or not you get pleasure from this new model of Worry the Strolling Lifeless, it is exhausting to disregard the truth that it is a 100% completely different collection.
Warning: The next incorporates spoilers for the Season 6 premiere episode of Worry the Strolling Lifeless, titled “The End is the Beginning.” If you have not watched it but, cease studying now.
Sadly for that present, this new collection is much much less fascinating than what got here earlier than it. There is no disputing the truth that Season 1 of Worry the Strolling Lifeless was a really tough begin. The present hadn’t discovered what it was going to be at that time and was on rocky floor, following a household from Los Angeles because the world crumbled round them. Nonetheless, within the two seasons that adopted, Worry turned the higher of the (on the time) two The Strolling Lifeless reveals. Whereas the mothership collection turned much less and fewer interesting–and continues to do so–Worry felt like a breath of recent air.
On the coronary heart of the collection was Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), a robust feminine survivor that was, basically, the Rick Grimes of this piece of The Strolling Lifeless’s universe. She was fierce, she was harmful, and she or he was loyal to her individuals. After which she was killed off with out warning.
It started with the introduction of Morgan in the beginning of Season 4. With new showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss taking up the collection, it veered in a wildly new route. By the midway level in that season, Madison was useless, alongside along with her son Nick, who was killed off a couple of episodes earlier. All that is still of the primary seasons of the present are Madison’s daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Nick’s girlfriend Luciana (Danay García), and Strand (Colman Domingo), a good friend of Madison’s who was made after the apocalypse.
Since her dying, Worry the Strolling Lifeless has utterly shifted over to turning into the Morgan present. Whereas that was clearly the intention, followers of Worry the Strolling Lifeless within the type it used to take can not help however feeling left behind. This is not the collection they signed up for.
Then, within the Season 5 finale, it regarded just like the present acknowledged the odd flip it had taken and was trying to appropriate the course. Morgan was shot and left for useless, main many to suppose he wasn’t lengthy for this world. A trailer for Season 6 launched at San Diego Comedian-Con revealed that whereas Morgan is probably not useless but, one thing was very fallacious.
Now you’ve got seen the Season 6 premiere and there’s, certainly, one thing fallacious. What’s fallacious is that basically nothing has occurred to Morgan, aside from the truth that he is traded his strolling stick for an ax. Within the episode, Morgan is traced by a vicious ax-wielding bounty hunter and at one level appears to surrender. In any case, he is lived a tough life and can not seem to get a win.
In the event you’ve watched The Strolling Lifeless in any respect, although, it’s best to know that at this level Morgan is just about invincible. So, naturally, the episode ends with the bounty hunter beheaded. Morgan claims his ax and tells the villainous Virginia (Colby Minifie)–via walkie talkie–that the Morgan she knew is not any extra. He is one thing else now.
Whereas Season 6 of Worry the Strolling Lifeless will see episodes that middle on different survivors from the collection, on condition that they had been all separated on the finish of Season 5, there is a main drawback going through the collection. Worry the Strolling Lifeless is unwilling to let Morgan go, even because the character weighs the present down.
It is an unlucky flip, because it additionally tarnishes the character’s legacy. Morgan was a captivating character to hint on The Strolling Lifeless. From assembly Rick Grimes whereas his son was nonetheless alive, to the mentally disturbed man encountered seasons later, to the full-fledged member of the group, his trajectory all through the collection was among the many most heartbreaking of anybody.
Now, although, he is overexposed and easily not that interesting–regardless of how badly Worry desires him to be the focus.
The most important drawback with the Season 10 finale episode of the Strolling Lifeless is that the stakes felt so low. With followers realizing the collection is ending in Season 11, it appears inconceivable that any significant character will meet their finish earlier than then.
That is the identical drawback Worry faces, however particularly with Morgan. He is basically been proven to be unkillable at this level. Even when shot within the chest and left to the zombies, he manages to stroll away stronger and extra decided. It is exhausting to get invested in a personality like that, particularly while you notice all the characters that needed to be sacrificed to provide him the highlight.
Here is hoping that there’s an fascinating future forward for Worry the Strolling Lifeless–and even for Morgan. He can nonetheless be salvaged, however it will take some work to humanize him once more. Present us that Morgan is flesh and bone, identical to the remainder of the present’s characters.
Till then, it is exhausting to get enthusiastic about what’s to return.