Sunday night’s episode of “The Walking Dead” covered a lot of ground and featured a lot of spectacular violence. However, one of the Season 6 episode’s bigger mysteries came in the form of the AMC drama’s least violent character, Morgan.
Toward the end of the episode, it is revealed that the peaceful yet capable character Morgan (Lennie James) had secluded himself in what appears to be a vacant part of the Alexandria safe haven to weld some mysterious metal contraption. While it was by no means the episode’s focus, there were small glimpses into the internal conflict that the character is having. Ever since his dedicated origin episode in Season 6, titled “Here’s Not Here,” Morgan has been doing his best to survive the zombie apocalypse without being the cause of any human casualties. Unfortunately for him, that character trait has been put to the test several times since linking up with the group. When Rick (Andrew Lincoln) suggested a full-frontal attack on The Saviors, it looked like it would be the final straw for Morgan.
Instead, the character simply refused to take part in the attack and stayed in Alexandria to create his mystery project. Speaking to Yahoo TV, director and showrunner Scott M. Gimple revealed what exactly the character is crafting.
“He’s building a cell. The jail cell that they had wasn’t necessarily much of a jail cell. It was like a little room with a little metal gate,” he said. “I think Morgan is committed to the next time they have somebody in there, if they need to, they’ll attempt to rehabilitate them. He wants to be equipped.”
It’s not the worst idea for someone to equip Alexandria with a working containment cell. In Season 6 alone the survivors attempted to take two prisoners who very easily escaped the communities best confines — Morgan’s Wolf prisoner (Benedict Samuel) and Jesus (Tom Payne). In addition, Morgan is perhaps one of the more qualified jail constructors having spent a great deal of time in one made by his now deceased mentor Eastman (John Carroll Lynch).
Sadly, odds are good that the characters will end up needing the jail cell sooner rather than later having just declared war on The Saviors as well as their horrific leader Negan. As previously reported, the actor who will play Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, spoke on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" telling the host, and fan, that his character is "the real deal."
Fans will just have to wait until the next episode of “The Walking Dead” on March 13 to know how it all plays out.