‘Walking Dead’ Favorite Lennie James to Exit, Joins Spinoff ‘Fear’

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AMC’s The Walking Dead is set to see one series regular jump to spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. Fan favorite Lennie James is officially moving from the flagship to the prequel where he will continue to play Morgan Jones. The announcement was made Sunday when James was a surprise guest on Talking Dead.

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“Morgan’s arc in The Walking Dead season eight positioned him for the story on Fear the Walking Dead,” Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple said via a statement read by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. “It was also important to see Fear’s world and characters through new, yet familiar eyes.”

 

For his part, James said he begins filming Fear on Monday, with his scenes to be streamed live via the show’s social media accounts. The actor, who was the first person Rick (Andrew Lincoln) encountered after waking up from his coma in the show’s pilot, wrapped production on the Atlanta-set Walking Dead days ago and appeared on Talking Dead via satellite from Austin, where the show is moving its production.

 

“From the very first moment the whole suggestion of Morgan going over to Fear the Walking dead, the hardest part of that, from beginning to now, has been leaving The Walking Dead,” James said. “Leaving that cast, leaving that crew. I’ve said my goodbyes to the cast and I’ve said my goodbyes to the crew. … That show stands or falls on the back of that crew. And I’m going to miss them very much.”

 

Fear the Walking Dead, while not a breakout hit like the flagship series, still performs well for AMC. The drama, which hit a string of series lows in its third season, is one of the top shows on cable (and AMC’s No. 2 overall) with an average of 5.3 million total viewers and 3 million among adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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