Lennie James is an American actor with roles in television, film and theater. He is best known for his role on the CBS crime drama, The Walking Dead as Morgan Jones. He will return to The Walking Dead, as a series regular in the upcoming ninth season. James is also known for his starring role in The Mist, the psychological thriller film Hellboy, the television series Jericho.

“The Walking Dead” star Lennie James is known for his roles in TV shows like “Prison Break” and “Luther” and the movies “Lincoln” and “The Negotiator”. He recently became the first black president of the Screen Actors Guild, and he is active in a number of social causes . Most recently, James took to social media to share his feelings about the upcoming “The Walking Dead” season 8 . “We’re on our way,” he wrote on Twitter , “I am as excited as anyone about the new season.

You may or may not have already seen his excellent interview on “Good Morning America” this morning, but one thing is for sure – Morgan Freeman has a lot left to do before “The End”. As you know, the highly acclaimed actor has been battling cancer for the last two years and has just begun his cancer treatment again, which has him feeling a little cheated. He is already upset about having to wait until 2015 for his next movie that he has attached his name to, “The Glass Castle,” to be released, and no other projects have been confirmed.

Is this the beginning of the end for Morgan Jones? I’m not going to die, says the warrior with the stick in The Walking Dead. I can just see it. Over and over again. Death followed Morgan in Fear the Walking Dead, where the villain Virginia (Colby Minifee) shot him at close range in the finale of season 5, leaving him for the walkers to eat. Morgan told his followers to just live, and that’s what he would have done had he not been saved by Dakota (Zoe Colletti), the daughter of the defector Virginia, who left a note: You don’t know me, but I heard your message. You should do the same. You have work to do. In Season 6, Morgan thought it was about reuniting his broken, divided survivor family in Virginia and creating a safe place for Grace (Karen David) and her unborn child. He is no longer Clear Morgan, the bloodthirsty killer driven mad by the death of his son Dwayne (Adrian Cali Turner) and consumed by his rambling wife. He’s also no longer the Morgan who trained his aikido mentor Eastman (John Carroll Lynch) in pacifist philosophy; he became a morally gray Morgan when he killed bounty hunter Emil (Demetrius Grosse) in The End is the Beginning earlier in the season. He guards Emil’s axe and the mysterious key that made Morgan the target of an underground sect of believers who believe the end is the beginning – a recurring slogan we first saw painted aboard a sunken submarine. That’s the philosophy of undertaker Teddy (John Glover), an escaped serial killer who plans to use the key to launch a rocket and put an end to everything – everything except Alicia Clark (Alicia Debnam-Cary), Morgan’s girlfriend, who has locked Teddy in a bunker to start building a new world. Morgan has seen more deaths this season: Dakota shoots her best friend John Dory (Garrett Dillahunt), after which she finds out she saved Morgan to kill Virginia – her job – and Morgan gives birth to Grace’s stillborn daughter Athena, who has absorbed a lethal dose of radiation from her mother. In the penultimate episode of the season, the USS Pennsylvania, Morgan and his team of survivors must fight their way through a nuclear submarine crawling with walking creatures to prevent the beginning from destroying the future he fought for. After Morgan broke up with Victor Strand (Colman Domingo), he was nearly eaten by walkers and couldn’t prevent Teddy and Riley (Nick Stahl) from launching a ten-headed rocket. This is the beginning of the end. Below, James dives into the USS Pennsylvania and talks about what Morgan has left to do, whether the beginning is really the end for Morgan Jones, and Morgan’s chances of surviving the scare and meeting Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in another part of the Walking Dead universe :

All life is precious

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: Let’s start with the beginning of the episode, where Morgan wonders if he should pick up an axe that, he prayed, he would never need again. He wants to grant John Dory’s last wish that the killings stop, but Morgan may have to kill to find peace. What is Morgan’s thought process at the beginning of the film? LJ: It’s a matter of how he will accept and deal with what he considers a failure. And the episode begins and ends, in a sense, with failure. And the first of those is that they have not been able to keep the peace. And I think when Morgan leaves there, that’s what he accepts: he has to leave the place he was trying to build. And the second setback is the realization that if there is a future, he may have to kill to get it. Previous – Next

Bury me here

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: We talk about peacekeeping and the need to kill for the sake of the future: This episode is nothing like The Walking Dead season 7 episode Bury Me Here, in which Morgan realizes that violence against the Saviors will be necessary. After the death of his protégé Benjamin and Morgan’s strangulation of Richard, this episode ends with Morgan sharpening his cane and looking around to make sure Clear Morgan doesn’t get him. Is Morgan afraid to go back to that version of herself? LJ: Yes, but he’s in a slightly different position now, Morgan, because I think Grace has had a profound effect on him. I also think Morgan took a while to become a leader, but accepting his leadership position had a profound effect on him. I think he has a much better idea of himself than he did at the end of Bury Me Here. I think he’s in a position where he knows about Clear Morgan. I think it has a lot to do with adapting [the image of] the bounty hunter [Emile], because I think that’s his way of saying: If I put it on, I become that person, for that reason. And then: Until I get to the point where I take it off and become Morgan again. So I think it’s in a slightly different place, but I can see the parallels. I think the difference in Bury Me Here is that Morgan was more or less never there. And now you do. He outlived Clear Morgan, and he outlived Morgan, who decided he had to kill to save the people he cared about. And Morgan is being prosecuted, I don’t think he’s being prosecuted in the same way. Previous – Next

Things to do

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: Let’s talk about Dakota’s grade and the things Morgan has left to do. At the door, she tells Morgan that killing Virginia is something you have to do, and that’s the only reason you’re still here. Morgan seems to interpret this to mean that he should die in an underwater suicide to save everyone, but Strand says that Dakota wanted Morgan to kill his mother. What does it mean that Morgan is willing to risk his life repeatedly in this episode, and what does he really believe in? LJ: I don’t think Morgan thinks he should die. I just think he doesn’t want to risk anyone else dying. I think it’s directly related to the loss of Grace’s baby and how he saw it. I think he’s at a point where he doesn’t want to feel that way anymore. He lost John Dory. That’s when he lost his best friend. And with the death of the child, Grace more or less imagined the future. He represented a dream of the future. She represented the risk Morgan had taken in showing his feelings for Grace. He discovered all these things, and they were taken from him, and he cannot allow anything else to be taken from him. It’s not like Morgan wanted to kill him. It’s just that if someone wants to do it… …. It is an act of protection. It’s not an act of self-sacrifice, really. He thinks if anyone can do it, he can. He wants to go out the other side. He just doesn’t want to put anyone else in danger. Previous – Next

Morgan and the beach as polar opposites

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: Morgan is altruistic because he is willing to die to save everyone. Strand is selfish because he is willing to let Morgan die to save everyone and prove his right to Alicia. Shortly thereafter, Morgan Strand tells us that he proved everything he needed to prove. How can Morgan be surprised that Strand leaves him at the mercy of the wolves – or in this case, the walkers? LJ: Surprise is an interesting word, because the beach is just the beach. I mean, it’s only amazing in the sense of Oh my God, you’re still doing it, as opposed to Oh my God, you’re still doing it. I mean, it’s very consistent with who Victor Strand is. It’s just a brilliant trick that Victor Strand pulls off and that Coleman manages to portray fantastically – he creates a need in people who approach him to hope for something better, even if they’re rarely surprised by what they get. And I think this is a Morgan-type situation. Although I think the two men have a lot in common, in that they are guided primarily by their inner moral compass. I mean, they’re both driven by the belief that the choices they’re making are the right ones. Victor firmly believes that his decision, which others consider selfish, is the right one because it has kept him alive. Morgan believes that even though he doesn’t always get the results he wants, his actions are those of a man trying to do what is best, not only for himself, but also for those around him. So these are two men going by their instincts. It’s just that their instincts are totally opposite. Previous – Next

Judging the dead

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: In The Walking Dead, Morgan said: I’m not dying, I’m just seeing. You said earlier that Morgana considers him her curse. And now in Fear, Teddy Morgan tells us: I lead everyone to their end, and you do the same. Morgan says he led these people from one dead end to another. Is Teddy right that the nukes are coming out soon? And does Morgan feel cursed to outlive everyone he loves? LJ: That’s a very good question. I don’t really know the answer to that question. I’m not sure that’s the question Morgan was asking. Maybe I’m making something up, but the honest answer is that Morgan truly believed that life was a curse for him. I think that’s also one of the reasons he left Virginia, Rick and that particular group. I think between meeting Althea and John Dory and the moment Teddy says they have something in common, they both led their group to their deaths. That’s not Morgan’s intention. So I don’t think he believes it. And I think he has gradually allowed himself to believe in a future that is not reduced to the life of his curse. And I think John Dory was a big part of that, and I think Grace was a big part of that. Previous – Next

Torn by teeth or bullets

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: In this episode, Morgan meets the walkers several times. Is it possible he’s hiding a zombie bite we haven’t seen yet? LJ: Anything is possible, but he said – I believe it was Victor at one point – that he was close to being a part of it. And he was so close to them that he thinks he knows how they think. So maybe something is happening, or maybe it’s not, and it’s just the memories Morgan has after being so close to death [in the first episode of season 6 of The End is the Beginning]. Previous – Next


(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: Tell us why Morgan let Teddy and Riley escape. What is Morgan thinking about when he looks at the key in the final minutes of the episode? LJ: I think in terms of the people he lets go, he doesn’t care about Teddy anymore. Teddy can continue. The bombs are in the air, ten nuclear warheads about to land somewhere, and maybe right above them. Why did Morgan stick his stick in Teddy’s head at that moment? It gives Teddy what he wants. And I just think that that’s… Right now, there’s a lot more he’d like to do than kill Teddy or Victor. He has to figure out what he wants to do with the last minutes of his life. Previous – Next

Meeting Rick

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: The rocket is in the air, and Althea takes a helicopter to look for Isabel. Tell us, Lenny: What are the odds that in the Rick Grimes movies, a CRM helicopter will come and take Morgan to safety? LJ: I can’t answer that question. It does sound good. (laughs). I would love to see this episode, but I can’t comment on it. I can tell you that there is one more episode this season, and in that episode anything can happen, as we have shown all season. Previous – Next

Elapsed days

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: Morgan was often a man of extremes. This was the Morgan Clair we were talking about, the red-eyed killer. He was a lifelong Morgan Precious, a peaceful fighter. And this season, he’s in the middle as Morgan, the most morally gray. What was it like for you as an actor to play this constantly evolving character, who has been reborn multiple times over the course of a decade and is already featured in two series? LJ: It was overwhelming. If someone had told me when we started – oh my God, that was 11 years ago – that this was going to be a journey, I would have said: You’re just crazy. That’s impossible. It’s a real journey, and I continue to be amazed. It always opens up options and possibilities for me as an actor that I could never have imagined or anticipated. When I came to America, I was used to playing a character for six, maybe eight episodes, and where I come from, it was a whole series. It’s quite a season, considering where I’m from. Playing a character that still amazes, challenges, and interests me is a true testament to the narrator’s work in this universe. And it’s overwhelming, and I mean it ….. It’s not that I stick around just because it’s a concert, it’s just ….. Every time I open the script, I’m curious what Morgan will do next. And, like I said, I’m more surprised than anyone that I’m still in this position. It is a rare gift that I have been given – to be able to follow the path of this extraordinary person. Previous – Next

The end is the beginning

(Photo: AMC Studios) CB: What can you tell us about the season 6 finale next week? LJ: The season finale is another episode where I think we’ve earned the right to tell the story as we tell it in season 6, thanks to the fact that this season we’ve chosen to tell bold stories in our episodes. I think it’s an episode that keeps everything in suspense, and it’s smart, bold and exciting. It’s moving. I think it’s exciting. I think it’s exemplary, and I think it’s a very good ending to this particular season. The finale of Fear the Walking Dead’s sixth season, Inception, will air on Sunday the 13th. June at 9:20 p.m. on AMC. Follow author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter for all things Walking Dead. previous

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