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Len­nie James on the jour­ney of Mor­gan Jones...

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As a man who de­spises tak­ing hu­man life, how does Mor­gan feel about the Sav­iors?

In sea­son eight we are con­tin­u­ing Mor­gan’s jour­ney, but the back­drop has changed dra­mat­i­cally. The back­drop now is war. Whether you like it or not, not just Mor­gan, but a lot of the char­ac­ters are forced to pick a side and to pick a bat­tle. That’s what we’re go­ing to see with Mor­gan in sea­son eight. We’re go­ing to see his tri­als and tribu­la­tions in try­ing to stay true to his phi­los­o­phy, try­ing to ar­gue his corner, but also be­ing forced to pick a side and choos­ing to do cer­tain things that he may not want to do in or­der to pro­tect the peo­ple that he has come to know and love.

Has the fact that he re­cently broke his rule against killing pre­pared him for what lies ahead?

The change, if we can call it that, is pos­si­bly a change in ac­tion. It’s not nec­es­sar­ily a change in thought. In a world in which our pro­tag­o­nists are at war, Mor­gan might have to fight his way through to the other side in or­der to gain any peace. All of the char­ac­ters are fight­ing for their ver­sion of peace. It’s just that Mor­gan’s ver­sion may mean he might have to kill in or­der to not kill.

Does it sur­prise you that Mor­gan has lived as long as he has, be­ing a voice of rea­son?

In vir­tu­ally ev­ery sit­u­a­tion that Mor­gan of­fers an opin­ion that might af­fect the group, it’s not one that he vol­un­teers – it’s one that he’s be­ing asked to voice. What he’s say­ing is, “I’m try­ing to walk this road.” Un­like East­man, who set him on this road, he’s not do­ing it in a hut locked up with a goat. He’s out in the world. That has its con­se­quences, and he’s aware of those con­se­quences. But he’s des­per­ately try­ing to make choices for him­self.

How do you view Mor­gan’s re­la­tion­ship with Carol right now?

I love Mor­gan’s re­la­tion­ship with Carol. It’s a non-ro­man­tic love story. It is about two souls that have made a link be­tween the two of them. I be­lieve Carol and Mor­gan are two of the few char­ac­ters in The Walk­ing Dead who may have met re­gard­less of the apoc­a­lypse. Their souls recog­nise each other. They care about each other de­spite them­selves. In sea­son eight, that re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ues to grow and con­tin­ues to be chal­lenged and con­tin­ues to get deeper.

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