Warning: Spoilers for the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead!
Fans of Marvel’s films are accustomed to sticking around after the credits for extra scenes, but that’s not the case with devotees of The Walking Dead. Typically, the credits whiz by as a spoilerish teaser plays for the next episode, and that’s that.
However, following last night’s Season 5 premiere, the hit AMC drama rolled out a major surprise: the return of a fan-favorite character who hasn’t been since the third season.
In the sequence, below, we’re treated to the return of Morgan Jones (portrayed by Lennie James), who appears to be on his way to Terminus — at least until he sees the “Sanctuary for All” sign altered by Rick Grimes to read “No Sanctuary.”
Introduced in the pilot when he and his son Duane find a disoriented Rick, Morgan reappeared in Season 3’s “Clear” a broken man following the death of his child, and holed up in an apartment in Rick’s hometown with a cache of guns.
“People want to follow that character; I want to follow that character,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who wrote “Clear” and last night’s “No Sanctuary,” told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a Morgan story to tell. It’s the beginning of something but I’m not going to say what it is, or how involved it is.”
Morgan likewise resurfaced in the comic book series, although under different circumstances.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
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