Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Sunday 6 season premiere of Fear the living dead. If you haven’t watched yet, use your head as if it’s still attached and walk away from this recap.
Towards the end of Sunday’s Season 6 premiere Fear the living dead, Virginia learned that “Morgan Jones is dead”. But since it was Morgan who told her this, she was understandably skeptical. What was going on with our beleaguered hero? And who was the series’ New Morgan? Read on and find out.
‘A CHEF NEVER REVEALS HIS SECRETS’ | After a prologue in which a cigarette-smoking dude spray-painted ‘the end’ on a wall, we move on to a guy named Walter meeting arguably the most charming and enigmatic man since Strand – a Josiah LaRoux (Demetrius Grosse, end of The recruit). It turned out that it had been his dog, Rufus, who had chased Walter here and there, and now that the dog had given up his career to his master – and Josiah had spotted a key around the stranger’s neck – it was gone with Walter’s head. (Clearly that key was going to be the, uh, key As Josiah tidied Walter’s head in a picnic basket, Virginia called the bounty hunter and gave him a new mission: to find Morgan Jones.
Speaking of which, Morgan was now rocking eyes red enough to make him mistaken for a vampire (or me after a mastery) and a gangrenous chest injury from the gunshot he took in the season finale. 5. On the plus side, he had a rad pad assembled on top of a water tower and a sudden superpower: he stank so badly that walkers waltzed right next to him! After scoring a gun in a police car, Morgan was nearly killed by a stranger named Isaac, who mistook him for a vagrant. The guy was very nice, but Morgan wasn’t interested in making a new friend, not even the one who offered to remove the bullet that was lodged in his shoulder. Anyone who had sewn up Morgan had, for some reason, neglected to remove it.
‘MY, MY, MY, YOU WILL FOLLOW’ | Quicker than one could say, “It’s a small world, after all,” Josiah caught up to Morgan. Isaac tried to lie by saying he had never seen the man in Josiah’s sketch – wait, how the hell did he get a sketch? Post-apocalyptic fax machine? – but he was not an impressive liar. Nonetheless, he managed to get Josiah to sneak up the road in search of a zombified Morgan. As the villain walked away, Isaac deciphered the coordinates of Morgan’s bag and brought his now unconscious non-pal up the steps of his posh water tower. When Morgan came, Isaac begged him to use his superpower to sneak supplies past the walkers outside his hiding place and that of his pregnant wife before she gave birth a month earlier. (So much to unpack!)
Morgan, back to his old disillusioned self, refused. He wasn’t the same Dudley Do-Right that Isaac had seen on a tape at a truck stop. Just when Isaac was getting so desperate to press the issue at gunpoint, Josiah used his truck to bring down the water tower. Although Morgan subsequently protected Isaac, he couldn’t bring himself to kill Josiah and was content to shoot him in the arm. After acquaintances escaped in Josiah’s truck and then on foot, Morgan revealed that the water tower co-op was for whoever sewed it, whoever it was. All he knew was when he woke up after being shot and left for dead by Ginny, he was sort of sewn up and had a note next to him that said, “You don’t know me. , but I heard your message. You need to do the same. You still have things to do. (Sherry, was that you?) Well, where Isaac had hid his wife Rachel was safe, he assured Morgan. It would also be safe for his rescuer.
‘YOU CAN’T LET IT END LIKE THIS’ | En route to Isaac and Rachel, Morgan revealed that Grace could have stayed in the water tower as well. Isaac, in turn, accidentally shared that he was one of Ginny’s Rangers. But he had preferred Morgan & Co.’s idea of giving away what Ginny & Co. was asking for a high price. He wanted to do what the Good Samaritans had done, and Morgan could be a part of it – that is, if he let Isaac remove that damn bullet! Arriving at Isaac and Rachel’s refuge, he gave Morgan his bag of supplies to pass the walkers attracted by a squeaky fan. Isaac would take another route and hopefully arrive in time for the birth of his child. Unfortunately, Morgan collapsed noisily within walking distance of his mission, so Isaac turned around and intervened. Although they are outnumbered and Morgan has only one good arm, they made all of the undead death-death.
As Rachel moaned in labor pains, Isaac pitched the idea of rebuilding the secret place for all of her friends to Morgan. (Somewhere, June’s eyes must have lit up.) When Josiah arrived – he never seemed to be more than half a step behind – Morgan surrendered to save Isaac and Rachel. But just as the bounty hunter swung to decapitate his victim, Isaac attacked him and, in turn, Morgan saved Isaac. It must have been Morgan who rebuilt the place, says Isaac, revealing that on a previous outing he had been bitten. His mission had never been to return to Rachel himself, but to bring Morgan back to her. When Josiah attacked again – you guys to do must kill the hitman who tries to offend you! – Morgan stabbed him and then beheaded, indeed, killing Good Morgan.
‘THE END IS THE BEGINNING’ | As the cry of a baby sounded, Isaac ran to meet his daughter, and Morgan, well past poop, passed out. When he woke up, Rufus was kissing him, the bullet was coming out of his shoulder, his eyes were already much better and Isaac was gone. “We called her Morgan,” Rachel tells her guest. Morgan later retrieved Walter’s mysterious key from Josiah’s viscera and exchanged his usual staff for his potential killer badass ax. From there we went to see Ginny and her Rangers stopped by a roadblock of downed walkers in order to have her open a box marked Morgan Jones. In? Gwyneth Paltrow’s head. No kidding. It was Josiah.
Scared, Ginny picked up the walkie-talkie to tell Morgan, “I thought I needed you to be dead for this to work, but I don’t… I just need them to think you are.” . Block threats to kill everyone if Morgan ever shows his face again, etc., etc. It was only then that Morgan spoke up. “Morgan Jones is dead,” he intoned, “and you’re dealing with someone else now. Someone who was apparently far scarier than our old friend, the Pacifist. At the end of the season 6 premiere, we got back to the graffiti artist, who told his buddy that they should have been there by now and reminded him, mostly for our sake, I guess, that they needed to this key. “We’re going to have to wait somewhere else,” said his companion. And as the smoker finished painting “The End is the Beginning” aka the title of the episode, we saw he was spraying on… was it a submarine?!?
what you think about the season 6 premiere of Fear the living dead? Was anyone else sorry that Josiah was sent in an episode? Record the time in the poll below, then click on the comments with your reviews.