It was one of the greatest mysteries ever on “The Walking Dead,” but on March 3, fans finally got an answer to one of their biggest questions “What ever happened to Morgan?" The protective father first appeared in season one when he told Grimes about the state of zombie affairs after Rick awoke from a coma to a brand new, yet dangerous world. In return for his kindness, Rick gave Morgan and his son weapons and supplies, including a walkie-talkie. The two promised to remain in touch, but never reconnected.
Morgan’s story on “The Walking Dead” is a tragic one. Flesh-eating zombies killed his wife, but he could never bring himself to kill her to protect his son. For three seasons, fans have pondered “What ever happened to Morgan?” On Sunday night, the age-old mystery was finally solved.
Morgan reappeared on “The Walking Dead” last night as a ravaged survivor and an adult, crazy version of Macauley Culkin from “Home Alone.” When Rick, Michonne and Carl ventured out from the prison, they came across a seemingly deserted town that hugely resembled Stone Mountain Village in Atlanta. While exploring, they encountered a shooter, who turned out to be Morgan from season one. He shot Rick, who fired back and hit Morgan, but he was wearing protective gear. When he roused, Morgan revealed to Rick that he survived the apocalypse, but his wife and son did not. His mental state was highly questionable, as evidenced when he stabbed Rick in the shoulder.
Morgan was never able to kill his zombie wife. The shocker was that she actually killed Morgan’s son, which sent him over the edge of sanity. His “Home Alone” type of camp included booby traps full of axes, pointed canes, knives, grenades and other heavy artillery. The walls of his camp were splattered with nonsensical messages and he was mentally unbalanced. He accused Rick of forgetting about their friendship and seemed like he was just one step from crossing into permanent insanity.
Rick, who suffers from his own anxiety issues since the death of his wife, begged Morgan to return to the prison with his group. However, Morgan refused to leave his encampment and stated strangely, “I have to clear.” Clear what? The zombies or his clouded memories of a family tragedy? Fans will never know what he truly meant, but at least they finally know that Morgan survived.
“The Walking Dead” continues to be a huge hit for AMC, especially among the highly desirable 18-49 demographic group. Last season, it beat out perennial winners “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “Modern Family.” This season, ratings are on the rise once again. On Feb. 17, “The Walking Dead” dominated Sunday night, easily defeating the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami” and all other cable and network shows. With only four episodes remaining, it looks like there’s no stopping “The Walking Dead.” Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told NBC, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” She added, “Be prepared for a few gasps along the way. There are not a lot of happy endings.”
Season four of "The Walking Dead" begins filming in Atlanta in May, and a premiere is set for October.
“The Walking Dead” airs at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday nights on AMC.
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