It was British actor Lennie James who played Morgan in Season 1 of “The Walking Dead,” the newly-single father (his wife had become a walker), who helped a fresh-out-of-his-coma Rick Grimes figure out what was going on in the post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world.
Morgan was one character who didn’t pass away at the hands of a flesh eating zombie, so when Access Hollywood spotted the actor who plays him, backstage in the gift lounge at the Independent Spirit Awards last weekend, we had to ask if he’ll be back on the AMC show.
“Keep watching ‘The Walking Dead,’” Lennie quipped when we asked if the rumors are true – that Morgan will return.
Asked if he went to Atlanta at all (where the show is filmed), Lennie again played coy, repeating his prior sentence — “Keep watching ‘The Walking Dead.’” (Click HERE to watch the video of Lennie James answering the question — Will Morgan return to ‘The Walking Dead’?)
A few weeks ago, “TWD” creator Robert Kirkman also dodged the question when Access asked him at the “An Evening with The Walking Dead” event, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood.
“I don’t know where you would have heard that. I can neither confirm nor deny such things,” he told Access. (Forward to 1:14 in this interview clip HERE to watch Robert Kirkman tackle the Morgan question.)
“I can say he’s definitely not, not going to come back, but, you know, if he’s coming back, I don’t know, I don’t know, you’ll just have to watch,” he said, with a laugh.
Fans will have to – as Lennie and Robert both said – keep watching to see if Morgan (and his son) will return to the show.
But, over the weekend, the British actor did tell Access that filming Season 1 was a dreamy experience, one he would have no problem repeating.
“I loved it and part of the reason why I loved it, it was… not to be too pretentious about it, but it was like a dream come true,” he told Access. “I got to work with [Season 1 showrunner, who developed ‘TWD’ for AMC] Frank Darabont. He made one of my favorite films of all time and he’s a great guy to work with and we had an hour and a half which felt like a movie, and it wasn’t a huge amount of people apart from the zombies.
“It was me and Andrew Lincoln for most of it,” he said. “It was gorgeous, I loved it and if I get the chance to come back, I would.”
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 PM on AMC.
-- Jolie Lash