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- "I'm not right. I know that, I'm not right... But that doesn't make me wrong."
- —Morgan to Jesus[src]
Morgan Jones is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is the husband of Jenny, the father of Duane, and the last known surviving member of the Jones family. While evacuating, Jenny was bitten and succumbed to the infection, causing Morgan and Duane to seek refuge in King County, Georgia, where the Grimes family lived. After the loss of his son (who was bitten by Jenny), Morgan was living a life in denial, hoping to redeem himself by killing the invasive walkers. At the end of "No Sanctuary", it is revealed that Morgan has partly redeemed himself and is on a journey to find Terminus before Rick Grimes's altered sign turns him away. After stumbling across a map leading to Washington, D.C., with a familiar name on it, he heads north until he crosses paths with Daryl Dixon and Aaron, recruiters for the Alexandria Safe-Zone, who bring him to the town where he is reunited with his long lost friend, Rick Grimes.
Morgan is a wise but severely damaged man. Before the apocalypse, he was a loving family man who provided for his wife and son. But the apocalypse took its toll, and after his wife was turned into a zombie he was able to cope due to him still having his son, Duane, to look after. Morgan was like Rick Grimes in some ways as they were both survivors doing all they can to provide for their family and to keep them safe no matter what. Now Morgan's inner demons are on the brink of escape as the world spares him no horrors, his severe PTSD repressed only by his steadfast commitment to aikido. While a good man at his core, Morgan struggles immensely with mental illness brought about by trauma.
After Rick left to find his family in Atlanta, Morgan began to get reckless, which eventually led to the death of his son. The next time Rick encountered Morgan, he was a changed man, who had become insane and intensively grief-stricken with the death of his family, so he claimed to redeem himself by killing all of the zombies in King County, though Morgan was shown to also have turned into a cold blooded murderer who killed anyone who got in his way, even if they were harmless survivors as seen when he savagely murdered two survivors for following him into the woods. It was only after meeting a peaceful survivor named Eastman that Morgan was able to reclaim his sanity and in which he developed his code to never kill human beings again. It was from Eastman that Morgan learned "Akido" and with these skills is an extremely formidable fighter, being able to fend off both the Walkers and human threats with his signature weapon, a wooden staff.
Following reclaim of his sanity and Eastman's death , Morgan set out on a journey to find other people at Eastman's request. After the long journey and being turned away from Terminus thanks to a sign for the community redesigned to warn that it was no sanctuary and finding a map to Washington, D.C, with Rick's name on it and he set out on a quest to find his friend. Morgan at this point viewed every human life as precious and refused to commit murder in order to survive as seen when he refused to kill two members of the Wolves who had attempted to kill him as he was camped out in the woods. When he is brought to the Alexandria Safe-Zone by recruiters Daryl and Aaron, he finds Rick executing Pete Anderson, an act that visibly shocked him.
Following this, Morgan takes a strong role in the community of Alexandria and with his fighting skills, is a strong survivor and protector willing to do anything to keep good people safe from harm but still stubbornly refused to kill those who indeed pose a threat to the security of his group as shown when he allows a group of Wolves to leave the Safe-Zone following their brutal attack, which almost leads to the death of Rick. He also keeps the leader of the group, Owen, alive even after the latter makes it clear that he still intends to slaughter every survivor in the safe-zone and enlists the help of Denise to treat his infected wound.
Morgan's refusal to commit murder and desire to prevent others from committing murder is so strong that he even prevented his ideological nemesis, Carol from killing Owen by getting into a physical confrontation with her over his life and knocking her out. Morgan was also greatly against the idea of killing the Saviors and seeks to build a jail cell to hold human threats captive instead of killing them. Despite his conflict with Carol, after she flees the safe-zone, Morgan personally goes on a mission to bring her back and saves her life by killing a member of the Saviors named Roman after he refuses to surrender, possibly showing that Morgan is now willing to destroy human threats to protect his allies from harm and certain death.
Upon finding the Kingdom, Morgan continues to care for Carol despite her cold behavior and takes an active role in the community and develops a close bond with Benjamin, training with Akido just as Eastman had taught him. In spite of killing Roman, the Savior who attempted to kill Carol, Morgan still appears to hold onto his code of not killing humans and simply goes along with the Kingdom's servitude to the Saviors. He also appears to not want to fight back against the Saviors as he rejects Richard's plans to fight and also appears to disagree with Rick's plan of starting a war, showing concern for the many lives that will be lost. He even suggests capturing Negan, rather than killing him. However, in "Bury Me Here" after his student and friend Benjamin is killed by the Saviors as a result of the actions of Richard, Morgan is severely angered and traumatized and appears to revert back to his old state of insanity fueled by PTSD. He brutally kills Richard as punishment by strangling him to death and though he claims that the Kingdom will honor the Saviors demands from here on out, he later tells Carol that he is planning to kill them all, showing that Morgan is returning to his old ways and possibly declining back into insanity as seen when he carves his beloved staff into a sharpened spear the likes of which he used before meeting Eastman. However, Morgan and actively partakes in the fight against the Saviors and Scavengers, showing that he is now indeed willing to destroy human threats. Morgan continues to struggle against his demons and mental illness.
By the start of season 8, Morgan has become an extremely violent man, willing to do everything, in order to kill every single member of The Saviors. He almost even impales Paul Rovia, in a fight between the two, regarding if they are going to let The Saviors live or not.
Morgan was born in the mid 1960’s and grew up in Macon, Georgia, although little is known regarding his early childhood. Morgan experienced an average life where he grew to become a hard-working and practical man acquiring skills ranging from construction, craftsmanship and welding.
As an adult, he grew to become a family man where he fell in love with a woman named Jenny and the pair married where they later had a son named Duane, the trio lived together as a typical family. (Photographs depict the three of them going on several family trips.)
During the onset of the outbreak, Morgan and his family evacuated from their home, upon where they witnessed several broadcasts infroming other survivors to travel towards Atlanta where a suppossed refugee centre was located, promising food, shelter and Military protection. Originally their intended destination, however due to the chaos and horrendous events which traspired around them, Morgan and his family were reluctantly forced to take refuge and heavily barricade themselves within a nearby house.
However tragedy struck where at an unknown point, Jenny became bitten where she eventually succumbed to the infection and perished in their house, despite this Morgan was unable to put her down and thus somehow, released her into the outside; both Morgan and Duane were left severealy haunted by this event. Following this, Morgan remained firmly protective of his son where he endeavored to create a a sense of normaicy for Duane including correction his grammar as well as engaging in mealtime prayers.
Morgan and his son, Duane, first encounter Rick Grimes outside of his house in King County, Georgia. Duane knocks the unsuspecting survivor in the back of the head with a shovel, as he and his father assumed that he was another walker. When he hears Rick speak, Morgan realizes that he is not and brings Rick into their hideout.
Upon Rick's awakening, Morgan interrogates Rick upon the cause of his wounds before the two's friendship can thoroughly take place. On learning that Rick has been in a coma, Morgan brings him up to speed on the current events as best as he can, introducing the previously confused Rick to the reality of the epidemic upon the country. He also tells Rick that the government was gathering people in the major cities, giving Rick the idea to continue to Atlanta to try and find his family, Lori and Carl. Rick then thinks of traveling to the King County Sheriff's Department, for which Rick still has the keys, to gather supplies.
Morgan drives him over and Rick provides the pair with weapons and other supplies in exchange for their kindness and help. Morgan rejects Rick's offer to join him on his way to Atlanta, but tells Rick that he will join up with him in a few days, with the excuse that Duane can learn to shoot in the interim. Rick gives him a walkie-talkie and tells him to radio him in when he approaches Atlanta so they can meet up.
On returning to the house, Morgan tells Duane to read his comic books before heading upstairs. He goes through the photo albums Jenny brought with them, selects a picture of her, and sticks it to the window frame. He aims his rifle, and after shooting a couple of zombies to lure his wife out, he trains his gun on his undead wife; yet he cannot bring himself to kill her. He attempts several more times, yet each fails in kind. Morgan and Duane's whereabouts are unknown for the rest of the season.
During the time Morgan is absent from the series, he and Duane live around King County the whole year. One day, while clearing a store, Duane is bitten by his own undead mother and Morgan is finally forced to shoot her. After Duane's death, Morgan starts to lose his sanity, believing he has the mission to clear all the walkers from town. He starts to set up traps and writes down names of people he knew that turned that were put down by his own traps.
When Rick, Carl, and Michonne go on a run into King County, Morgan holds them at gunpoint from a roof. They have a shootout, and, while trying to pursue Rick, Carl ultimately shoots Morgan in the chest. Rick pulls off Morgan's shirt, revealing that he was donning body armor. They drag his unconscious-self into his building, avoiding his traps, and lay him down on a bed. For safety measures, his hands are bound by Rick. While Rick is reading the strange writings on the wall, he discovers that Duane reanimated, and decides to stay and wait for Morgan to wake up. While Michonne and Carl go on a run, Rick waits for him to wake up, but Morgan grabs a knife that was taped to the side of the bed. He attacks Rick, claiming that he is not familiar with anyone anymore. He stabs Rick in the upper-left chest. Rick knocks the weapon away, pointing his gun at Morgan's head, and Morgan pleads Rick to kill him.
Morgan is tied up again and, after patching himself up, Rick finally manages to make him remember that the two know each other. Morgan says that he tried to contact Rick every morning for several weeks, but he never answered the radio, before explaining what happened to Duane. He is offered to join Rick's group at the West Georgia Correctional Facility, but he realizes that Rick is taking a lot of guns, meaning that they are preparing for a war. Morgan claims that Rick, Carl, and his people will die either by bullets or by walkers, and refuses to join them, not wanting to see anyone else die. While clearing out the walkers caught on his traps, Carl approaches Morgan and tells him that he is sorry for shooting him earlier. Morgan remarks to Carl, "Don't ever be sorry."
While leaving King County, Rick, Carl, and Michonne watch as Morgan prepares to burn the corpses of the walkers he captured.
Morgan is seen hiking to Terminus on the railroad tracks. He stops walking and examines the Terminus sign changed by Rick weeks before, before taking off his mask and beginning to follow cross-shaped markings left on trees by the people of Terminus.
Morgan is seen following the Terminus markings to the elementary school where the Terminus members held Bob when they cannibalized his leg. Morgan comes across a walker pinned under debris and shushes it before stabbing it in the side of the head with a knife. He then follows the markings to Father Gabriel Stokes's church where he walks inside and creates a makeshift shrine at the altar. Morgan then kneels and prays in the front of the shrine before laughing. He explores around the church and finds a map to Washington, D.C., lying on the floor. He picks it up, reading the message Abraham Ford left for Rick, and realizes that his friend is still alive out there.
Morgan is first seen sleeping inside of a car. Outside, he is fixing a mug of hot chocolate before a fire as a man approaches him and holds him at gunpoint. He is revealed to be a member of the Wolves and demands all of Morgan's things, planning to kill him afterwards. As another member attempts to stab Morgan from behind, Morgan dodges the man and attacks both men with his staff, asking them to stop before knocking them unconscious and placing them in the back of the car he was previously sleeping in. He blows the horn, checking to make sure there are no walkers nearby so the men are left in a safe area. When Daryl Dixon and Aaron, two recruiters from the Alexandria Safe-Zone, become trapped inside of a van surrounded by walkers after they fell for a trap set by the Wolves, Morgan saves the two men. Aaron offers him to join them at Alexandria but Morgan refuses, showing them the map he found of Washington, D.C., with Rick's name on it. Morgan, realizing that Rick is at Alexandria, accompanies Daryl and Aaron back to the town and witnesses Rick executing Pete Anderson. He says "Rick?" as the two stare at each other.
Morgan is surprised to see Rick again after a very long time and surprised that Rick has just killed Pete, although he is unaware of the events that transpired at the meeting. Later on, he is seen talking with Rick about old times, and how both of them are killers. Rick sees Morgan training with his staff and asks him where he learned it from. He tells him that he learned it from someone after the outbreak. Before leaving, Rick tells him that he doesn't take chances anymore.
After Deanna tells Rick to "let the trees" have Pete, Morgan accompanies him to the spot where she wants him buried. While digging a grave for Pete, Rick tells him to stop as he hears the sounds of walkers, then a gust of wind. They later explore the nearby area to find out where the sound is coming from, and find a quarry filled with walkers, the entrances blocked by several trucks. Morgan grabs some binoculars he had to check how many walkers there are inside. After Rick saves Ron from walkers, he later buries Pete's corpse with Rick's help.
Morgan accompanies Rick with his plan to lure the quarry herd away from Alexandria, along with Michonne. Along the way, Morgan jokingly asks Michonne if she had taken one of his peanut bars. They arrive at the divided road where the Alexandrians had constructed a makeshift barrier to soften the impact of the walkers' heads as they banged on the steel panels, as suggested by Eugene.
After Rick disarms Carter after Carter tries to incite an insurrection with other Alexandrians, Rick confesses to him that he wanted to kill Carter, because it would be easier, so that Carter would not mess anything up, and because people like Carter will always die no matter what happens. During construction of the makeshift barrier, several walkers stumble into the work zone. Rick sees this as an opportunity to train the Alexandrians, telling them to use their knives as shooting could attract more of them. The Alexandrians are too paralyzed in fear to kill them, so Morgan and the rest of Rick's group at the work zone kill the walkers. Rick asks them why they helped them. Morgan reminds him that they shouldn't take any chances.
As the group is luring the herd away from Alexandria, a blaring horn attracts some of the herd. Morgan is seen with Rick and Michonne running back to Alexandria to check on what is going on.
Morgan returns from the woods in time to kill a walker and turn off the truck’s horn. Spencer informs him that a group have infiltrated Alexandria and are killing people. When Morgan tells Spencer they need to get in there, he senses Spencer’s fear and instead tells him to hide before going in alone.
Inside, Morgan discovers a member of the Wolves dismembering an Alexandrian. The Wolf asks if Morgan wants to be killed quick or slow, and he orders him to leave. Just as the man is about to attack Morgan, Carol – disguised as a Wolf – creeps up and stabs the man in the stomach. Morgan tells her he could have handled it and that they don’t need to kill people, to which Carol disagrees and says it is the only way to stop them. She tells Morgan she needs his help in getting to the armory before the Wolves do.
Carol walks through the streets with Morgan chained up, pretending she has taken him hostage. He spots Father Gabriel being attacked by a Wolf and releases himself despite Carol’s protests. He arrives just in time to disarm the Wolf and knock him out with his staff, saving Gabriel.
Morgan and Gabriel tie up the Wolf, and Gabriel asks Morgan where he learned to use his staff. Morgan replies he was taught by a cheese maker. The Wolf then wakes up and tells Morgan and Gabriel that they are freeing them, but before he can continue, Carol appears and shoots him in the head. She hands Morgan and Gabriel guns before running off. Gabriel comments that he’s not very good with guns, and Morgan agrees before handing his to Gabriel.
As Morgan is walking through the streets, he finds one of the Wolves he previously encountered in the woods. Four more Wolves surround him, and Morgan is able to fight them off while telling them that if they keep choosing this life, they will die. He tells them to leave and never come back, and he watches as the Blond Wolf picks up a gun before he goes.
In the aftermath of the Wolves invasion, Morgan finds a freshly reanimated walker and swiftly kills it. Morgan then notices a door open in one of the houses. Morgan slowly walks into the house, and is attacked by the second Wolf he encountered in the woods. The two men get into a fight and the Wolf notices that Morgan is unable to kill him, telling him he should. Morgan gains the upper hand, and while the Wolf is on the ground he apologizes before knocking him out with his staff.
Later, Morgan is later seen walking through the streets. He and Carol cross paths, staring at each other without saying a word before moving on.
In Alexandria's makeshift prison cell, Morgan visits the Wolf that he took prisoner and recalls the man once saying he wanted to take everything that Morgan had. "Well, here it is," Morgan says, launching into his story. "Every last bit."
In a flashback, Morgan rants to himself in the apartment where Rick, Michonne and Carl found him. His lantern topples and starts a fire. Now homeless, Morgan hunts walkers in the woods and burns their bodies at his campground. He sharpens long sticks and builds a stockade around the camp. One day, while hunting, two men chase him through the woods. He kills them, stabbing one through the neck and throttling the other. Morgan recreates his King County bunker at the campground, using walker blood to scrawl messages on the surrounding rocks and trees. "Clear," reads one; "Here's Not Here," another. While hunting, Morgan follows the sound of a bleating goat and discovers a secluded log cabin. A man orders him to put his gun down. Morgan ignores the warning and stalks after the man, who ambushes Morgan and knocks him unconscious with a staff.
Morgan wakes up in a cell inside the cabin. "Kill me," he begs. The man introduces himself as Eastman and hands Morgan a book, The Art of Peace. Morgan watches Eastman run outside to kill a walker with his staff and then drag its body into the woods. Eastman brings Tabitha, the goat, inside the house for the night and asks Morgan not to hurt her. As days pass, Morgan remains in his cell, ranting and mumbling to himself. He watches Eastman practice martial arts with his staff outside. Eastman finally speaks to Morgan and explains that he used to be a forensic psychiatrist. He asks what Morgan did before the fall, and what he does now. "I clear," Morgan replies. "Walkers, people, anything that gets anywhere near me, I kill them." "That's the biggest load of horseshit I ever heard," Eastman deadpans. He explains his philosophy that humans aren't built to kill, saying he only met one evil person among the many criminals he interviewed for his job. He then tells Morgan that the cell door has been open all along and invites Morgan to leave whenever he wants. "Or stay," Eastman offers. "Crash on the couch. And we'll try to find you another way." Morgan opens the door and charges at Eastman. As they struggle, they knock into a piece of drywall with a child's artwork that's hanging from the wall, breaking it in two. Furious, Eastman picks up the broken artwork and leaves. Morgan returns to the cell. That night, Eastman explains that he used Aikido to defeat Morgan. He shows Morgan a rabbit's foot and says he received a flyer for the martial art the day after his daughter gave him the rabbit's foot. He credits Aikido with improving his life.
The next morning, Eastman asks Morgan to watch Tabitha while he goes out to scavenge. In his cell, Morgan opens "The Art of Peace." On the first page is a handwritten note, stating that a goal of Aikido is to "completely avoid killing, even the most evil person." Then Morgan hears walkers about to attack Tabitha outside and runs to her rescue. Morgan drags the dead walkers into the woods and discovers a cemetery with wooden grave markers. As he digs a grave for the walkers, Eastman joins him. Eastman retrieves the dead walkers' driver's licenses and etches their former names onto new grave markers. Back at the house, Eastman gives Morgan his own staff and, over time, teaches Morgan Aikido. "It's about redirecting, evading, and actually caring about the welfare of your opponent," Eastman says. Morgan also continues his studies of "The Art of Peace."
Over dinner, Morgan asks why Eastman has a cell in his cabin. Eastman tells him he once interviewed a convicted killer named Crighton Dallas Wilton, whom he recognized as a true psychopath. Eastman recommended against his parole. Wilton escaped, killed Eastman's family and then turned himself into the police. Eastman says he built the cell with the intention of kidnapping Wilton and starving him to death. "Did you?" Morgan asks. "I have come to believe that all life is precious," Eastman replies. Eastman suggests they go on a scavenging mission. Morgan takes Eastman to his campground to retrieve the supplies he took from the men he murdered. Sensing Morgan's trauma, Eastman orders Morgan to practice his Aikido forms. "Not here," Morgan begs, but Eastman insists. A walker approaches the campground. Morgan readies his staff but freezes when he realizes the walker is the man he choked to death. Eastman pushes the paralyzed Morgan out of the way and kills the walker, but is bitten in the process. "That wasn't for you to do!" Morgan screams, attacking Eastman. Eastman fends off Morgan's attack. "I said not here." Morgan cries.
"Well, that's the thing, Morgan," Eastman replies before leaving. "Here's not here." Morgan remains at the campground and reverts to his old ways, whittling spears and hunting walkers in the woods. He kills a walker and discovers that he's saved a young couple. Morgan moves to attack them next, but the woman slowly offers a can of food and a bullet, thanking him, and then backs away with her companion. Morgan allows the couple to leave, then he runs back to Eastman's cabin, where he finds a walker eating Tabitha. He somberly kills the goat and wheels the bodies to the graveyard, where Eastman is digging. Morgan spots a grave marker for Crighton Dallas Wilton. Eastman admits that he abducted Wilton from prison and starved him to death. "What I did to him, it didn't give me any peace," he says.
Back in the house, Eastman tells Morgan there's enough power, food and security to last Morgan the rest of his life, but advises Morgan against being alone. "Everything is about people, everything in this life that's worth a damn," he says. Before dying, Eastman gives Morgan his rabbit's foot. Morgan leaves the cabin with his staff and backpack. He walks through the graveyard, where Eastman is now buried. He reaches the railroad tracks and finds a signpost for Terminus. Back in the present, Morgan concludes his tale, suggesting the Wolf can be saved, just like he was. The Wolf shows Morgan a deep cut in his torso and predicts that he will die. "But if I don't, I am going to have to kill you, Morgan," he says. "I'm going to have to kill every person here." Morgan leaves, locking the door on his way out. Then out on the street, Morgan hears Rick screaming to open the gates.
Morgan first appears at the gates of Alexandria as Rick shouts for the gates to be opened as a herd of walkers follows behind him and he is later seen listening to Rick's reassurance that the walkers will be lured away from the gates, He wasn't seen or heard from then.
Morgan is practising his Aikido as Rick asks him if they can talk later.
Morgan is on his way to the infirmary when Rick flags him down. Rick, Carol and Michonne confront him about his refusal to kill the Wolves during the attack. Morgan maintains that “all life is precious” and that bad people are capable of changing. Rick asks if he thinks he can do that without getting blood on his hands, and Morgan replies that he doesn’t know.
When Spencer dangles from the wall, Morgan assists Rick and Tobin in pulling him to safety.
Later, at the infirmary, Morgan stops by and asks Denise for antibiotics. She is curious and after some probing, he confesses they are not for him. Carol watches suspiciously as Morgan escorts Denise to the townhouse with the jail cell. She later tries to unlock the door, but is stopped by Morgan. She demands to know who Morgan is holding in the cell.
Morgan and Carol are running away from the herd attacking Alexandria when Carol trips and hits her head. Morgan helps her up and they take shelter in the townhouse with the makeshift jail cell.
In the townhouse, Morgan tries to examine Carol's injury but she won't allow it. He comments that she doesn’t trust anyone, and she counters by saying she doesn’t trust a lot of people but she definitely does not trust him.
Morgan peers down toward the makeshift jail cell as Carol pretends to be asleep. He comes back up and notices Carol has disappeared. He looks around, and she quickly shoves him to the side and runs downstairs to where Denise and the Wolf are. Morgan arrives shortly after wielding his staff, telling Carol this should have waited but now it can’t.
Morgan tries to dissuade Carol from killing Owen. Carol tells Morgan that she doesn’t want to have to kill him to get to Owen, and Morgan tells her he won’t let her. When Carol refuses to back down, Morgan knocks her knife out of her hand. After a brief fight, he slams her to the ground and knocks her unconscious. As he stares at her in shock, Owen picks up his staff and strikes the back of his head, also knocking him unconscious.
Morgan regains consciousness after his brawl with Carol, and he asks the others where the Wolf and Denise are with Rosita confirming that Owen took Denise and left.
As Carol inspects the house, Morgan approaches her. He comments that she had a child, and insists he didn’t want to hurt her and just wanted to stop her. Carol tells him that he did it for himself and says she should have killed him. “You can’t,” Morgan says as he walks away.
Later, Carol comes downstairs and tells Morgan and the others that Rick, Michonne and some others are making a stand against the walkers. Morgan and the others go out to assist. Once outside, Morgan knocks a walker to the ground and then suddenly realizes the walker was The Wolf and apologizes before putting him down. Morgan continues to fend off the walkers alongside the group. Once the herd has been defeated, Morgan sits outside the infirmary with everyone else.
Morgan approaches Carol at the cemetery and asks why she didn’t tell Rick that he had been holding a Wolf prisoner. She evades his question and tells him to leave, which he does.
Morgan is sitting in the church while Rick is explaining the deal that was made with the Hilltop and rationalizes killing the Saviors before they have the chance to find and attack Alexandria. Rick asks if anyone objects, and Morgan stands up and suggests that Rick talks with the Saviors instead of killing them. Rick asks if anyone agrees, to which nobody does.
Later, Morgan welds together the metal gate to a prison cell. He takes a break and becomes lost in thought.
Morgan is first shown laying the final brick in a jail cell that he built in the brownstone basement. Rick comes by and asks Morgan why he built a cell. “It’ll give you some choices next time,” Morgan says. Later, he is seen watching Carol's empty porch swing after she leaves Alexandria.
Morgan is first seen at the gate as Rick announces Carol has left. Morgan asks to see her note before turning and heading for one of the cars, telling Rick he is going to find her. Rick joins him and the two men set off.
On the road, Morgan tells Rick he didn’t have to come. They follow Carol’s tire tracks east – which Morgan notes is the opposite direction of the Saviors’ compound. Rick asks why he wants to find Carol when he barely knows her, to which Morgan replies that he actually did get to know her.
Rick and Morgan arrive at the scene of the shootout. They find Carol’s car but no sign of Carol. They follow a trail of blood leading away from the road, where Morgan recalls that Rick banished Carol after she killed two of their people at the prison. He asks Rick what he would do if that happened today, to which Rick says he would thank her. Morgan makes the argument that because Rick spared Carol’s life, she was able to return later and save them at Terminus. “People can come back,” Morgan says.
Rick and Morgan encounter a man at a farm overrun with walkers. Rick orders the man to drop his weapon, but he says he’s only looking for his horse and flees. Rick fires at the man, but Morgan pushes him and causes him to miss. Rick guesses the man was a Savior based on his weapon, but Morgan insists they had no way of knowing who he was. Morgan confesses to Rick that he took a Wolf captive during the attack on Alexandria. Rick seethes, but Morgan explains that the Wolf later saved Denise from walkers – and Denise then saved Carl. Morgan vows to find Carol on his own and tells Rick not to come looking if he doesn’t return. Rick hands Morgan a gun, which he reluctantly takes as he sets off on his own.
Morgan continues his search for Carol. He finds a horse in the middle of a field.
Morgan rides the horse through a town and spots Carol huddled in a library doorway. He inspects a knife wound on her torso and insists on helping her.
Morgan dresses Carol’s wound inside the library. He suggests they stay there for the night and return to Alexandria in the morning so she can receive stitches and antibiotics. She refuses.
In the morning, Carol explains to Morgan that she cares about Rick’s group, but that means she has to kill to protect them and she can’t do that anymore. She orders him to leave and points her gun at him, but lowers it soon after.
Outside the library, Morgan finds a walker dangling from a noose. He stabs it in the head before cutting it loose. Back inside, Carol has left. He climbs on the horse and goes after her.
Morgan spots Carol’s rosary beads on the ground near a freshly killed walker. As the Savior is about to kill Carol, Morgan appears and orders him to stop. He tells him he can survive this and pleads with him to drop the gun. When the Savior refuses, Morgan shoots him in the shoulder. He then shoots him again in the chest, neck and finally in the head, killing him. He rushes over to Carol, who begs him to let her go. “It’s not your turn. You are going to come back from this,” he says. He stands up as two men in armor approach; one of them on horseback and the other is the man from the barn. Morgan tells him what happened and they offer to help. Morgan shakes his hand.
Morgan briefly appears in a dream sequence with the rest of the group at Alexandria having dinner outside.
Morgan walks alongside the wagon that Carol is laying in, having been rescued by the group of men they encountered previously. He is then seen fighting walkers as Carol sneaks away. He catches up to her at a cemetery with an abandoned cottage. He raises the flag on the mailbox before they continue on.
Morgan tells Carol she has been asleep for two days. Outside, he pushes her in a wheelchair and tells her they’re in a community called The Kingdom. Morgan waves at some of the residents as he walks, telling Carol she’ll need about a week to recover and then they can return to Alexandria. He tells her The Kingdom is run by a man who calls himself King Ezekiel as he wheels her into a theater auditorium. Ezekiel sits on a throne with his tiger, Shiva, chained at his side. Morgan stands by as Ezekiel introduces himself to Carol and welcomes her to The Kingdom. Once they have left, Carol tells Morgan The Kingdom is a circus and vows to leave. Morgan refuses to let her venture out on her own.
Morgan, Ezekiel and a small team leave The Kingdom in two trucks. They hunt pigs in a nearby city, corralling them into a building where a tied up walker awaits. The pigs devour the walker. Morgan asks why they bait the pigs with walkers. Richard says that he wants their bellies “full of rot.” Richard tells Morgan to keep the pig hunt a secret from The Kingdommers.
Back at The Kingdom, Ezekiel praises Morgan’s skill with the fighting stick and asks him to train Benjamin. Morgan agrees. He is later seen training him in a gazebo. They take a break from training, and Benjamin asks Morgan to loan him his book, The Art of Peace, and Morgan agrees. Ezekiel approaches and asks them to join him. Richard tells Morgan to bring his gun.
Morgan and the others wait in a parking lot with a shipment of slaughtered pigs. A group of Saviors arrive. Gavin, the leader, counts the pigs and is pleased to find that they’re bigger than the last shipment. Richard remarks that they fed the pigs well. When Dianne, a Kingdommer, starts explaining to Morgan who the Saviors are, he interjects, “I know who they are.”
Back at The Kingdom, Morgan eats in the cafeteria with Benjamin and his younger brother Henry. Benjamin tells Morgan that Ezekiel was close friends with his father, a strong fighter who died while clearing walkers from a building. He explains that Ezekiel is keeping the deal with The Saviors a secret because he’s worried that residents would want to fight, despite being outmatched. He asks if Morgan is against killing, having read the pacifist inscription in The Art of Peace. “Sometimes we change our minds,” Morgan says. He takes food to Carol’s room and finds it empty.
The next day, Morgan accompanies Carol to the cemetery. He lowers the flag on the mailbox and rides back to town.
Morgan leaves a sack of produce on Carol’s porch and is about to leave when she appears at the door and calls him inside. He tells her he knows that she can fend for herself but you can never have too much fresh produce. She reveals that Ezekiel has also been bringing produce to her. She asks how he is and he tells her he is fine. He tells her she is going soft and is about to leave. He opens the door to find Richard, who asks to speak with them both.
Morgan listens as Richard reveals his fears to him and Carol; he doesn’t think The Kingdom can coexist with the Saviors. He believes they will inevitably destroy the Kingdom. Richard asks Morgan and Carol to help him convince Ezekiel to strike first. Carol refuses to have anything to do with it and insists on being left alone. Morgan is reluctant to disrupt the peace with the Saviors, and tells Richard he only took a life to save a life. Richard counters there is no difference before he dejectedly leaves. Carol tells Morgan to leave and forbids him from telling anyone where she is.
Morgan is reunited with Rick and the others when they arrive at the Kingdom. When asked about Carol, he keeps his word to Carol and tells Rick and Daryl he did find her and she had been shot. He tells them he killed her attacker and after being brought to the Kingdom for medical treatment, she left without revealing her location.
Morgan stands by as Rick attempts to convince Ezekiel to help them fight the Saviors. When Michonne mentions that Negan murdered many of their own people, Morgan asks who. Rosita tells him about Abraham, Glenn, Spencer and Olivia and then snidely asks if he’s going to say he was right. He says he is sad to hear that they are gone. When asked his opinion by Ezekiel, Morgan suggests they must find a non-violent course of action.
Morgan, Ezekiel and other members of The Kingdom are waiting at the pickup location for the Saviors’ collections. When Jared lunges for Richard, Morgan strikes him with his staff. Jared seizes the staff and hits Morgan with it, so Benjamin strikes Jared and sends him to the floor. Before they leave, Morgan asks for his staff back but Jared leaves with it.
When they arrive back at The Kingdom, Daryl comments on Morgan’s injury caused by the Saviors. He tells him that if Carol saw that and knew about Glenn and Abraham, she’d be leading them straight to the Saviors. Morgan agrees and says that’s why she left.
Later, Morgan appears as Daryl is sitting by Shiva's cage. He tells him he’s good with her and Ezekiel would be impressed. Daryl tells him that he found Carol and Morgan says she didn’t want him to tell anyone where she was. Daryl says he understands, and that they need The Kingdom and he has to make that happen. Morgan apologizes and says it can’t be him. Daryl says whatever he’s holding on to is already gone. Morgan says that Daryl is the same as him and Daryl says he doesn’t know anything about him, but Morgan says he does. He knows Daryl didn’t tell Carol about Glenn and Abraham or she’d be there now and he's glad for that.
In the morning, Daryl looks back at Morgan as he leaves The Kingdom to go back to The Hilltop. Morgan then looks up at Richard as the gates close.
Morgan is teaching Henry how to fight with a stick when Benjamin approaches. Morgan tells him he will want to be like his brother one day.
Morgan is in his room when Carol arrives and demands to know why Rick’s group visited the Kingdom. She asks if everyone in Alexandria is okay but Morgan tells her she needs to ask Daryl herself and offers to return to Alexandria with her.
Benjamin gives Morgan a framed painting to hang in his room and thanks him for the book he gave him. As they prepare to leave for their scheduled drop with the Saviors, Richard apologizes to Morgan for their strained relationship. He warns Morgan that he will have to kill some day.
En route to the drop, they encounter a row of shopping carts blocking the road. Morgan and the others search the area as Richard covers them from behind. They find an open grave with a sign, “Bury me here.” They move the carts off the road and continue on their way.
They arrive at the meeting point, where the Saviors await. Morgan rushes to Benjamin’s aid after he is shot in the leg by Jared. He throws Morgan’s stick on the ground as the others lift Benjamin into the truck. Morgan says they must get to Carol’s as Benjamin will not make it to the Kingdom in time.
They arrive at Carol’s cottage and rush Benjamin inside. As they try to treat his wound, Benjamin recites a line from Morgan’s book before he dies. Morgan wipes his blood stained knife on the white sheet covering Benjamin’s body before abruptly leaving the cottage.
Back at the urban lot, where they encountered the roadblock, Morgan walks alone. He screams as visions of the past flash before him. He sees his son, his wife, Benjamin. He holds a knife to his wrists, but reconsiders. Finally, he kicks a box over in his fury, and finds the missing cantaloupe hidden beneath it. He instantly remembers Richard covering the group from behind, and being out of sight. He realizes that Richard intentionally hid the cantaloupe.
Morgan confronts Richard in his room. He explains that he planned to provoke the Saviors into killing him as Gavin had promised he’d be the first to die if anything went wrong. He tells Morgan how he lost his wife and daughter for not taking action, a mistake he won’t repeat. He proposes they do something to regain the Saviors’ trust – to show them that they “get it” – and then destroy them with help from Alexandria and the Hilltop. Richard explains that someone had to die, and he was ready to be that person.
Later, Morgan sits in bed, lost in thought.
At the drop the next day, the Saviors learn that Benjamin died. As Richard brings the cantaloupe to Gavin, Morgan attacks Richard from behind before he strangles him to death. He tells everyone that Richard staged the missing cantaloupe in order to incite a war. He assures Gavin that they “get it” – and the Kingdom will honor their relationship going forward. He is pleased to hear this and leaves without futher troubles.
After the Saviors leave, Morgan explains that Richard wanted to sacrifice himself. He accidentally refers to Benjamin as Duane. Morgan gets emotional and tears begin rolling down his face as Ezekiel attempts to console him. Morgan tells the others to leave him alone. After Ezekiel leaves, Morgan stabs Richard in the head to keep him from reanimating.
Morgan drags Richard’s body to the urban lot and buries him in the open grave. He finds Katy’s backpack and buries it with Richard. Morgan then goes on a walker killing spree.
Morgan visits Carol at her cottage. He tells her that he killed Richard and confesses that Negan killed Glenn, Abraham, Spencer and Olivia. He explains that Rick wants to fight the Saviors, and that’s why he was at the Kingdom. Carol chases after Morgan as he intends to go after the Saviors. She convinces him to stay at the cottage.
Later, Morgan sits alone on the cottage porch, whittling the end of his staff into a menacingly sharp point.
Ezekiel leads a regiment from the Kingdom toward Alexandria. They reach the blockade of shopping carts previously placed by Richard; it has been rearranged. Morgan appears, still emotionally unstable, and vows to hunt down the Saviors by himself. Carol tells him going it alone doesn’t work in this situation. Ezekiel convinces him to fight at their side. He joins them as they march towards Alexandria.
Morgan and the rest of the Kingdom residents arrive just as Negan is about to execute Carl and begin to kill the Saviors. Maggie also arrives with the Hilltop fighters. The fight is hectic, and numerous Saviors and Scavengers are gunned down. Morgan discards his empty gun and begins killing with his staff. He works alongside Rick throughout the battle.
After the battle is over, Morgan is on the steps of a house by himself, who seems more clearheaded now. Carol finds and sits next to him and the two exchange glances, seemingly at peace with one another. He is then present for Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel's speech to the communities, all united for an all out war.
Morgan and Daryl are shown killing Saviors at various lookout points. One by one, they cross the targets off a list supplied by Dwight. At the bridge, Daryl meets with Morgan, Tara and Carol on his bike. Morgan is sitting, contemplating his bloody stick.
Morgan, Daryl, Carol and Tara wait on the highway until the herd arrives; they vacate the road in haste. Moments later, the SUV they parked on the exit ramp explodes. Dwight dispatches a large team of Saviors to investigate the explosion. Daryl and Morgan rig a tripwire across a road. They join Carol and Tara on a pedestrian overpass.
The group on the overpass spots a walker nearing the tripwire. Morgan manages to kill the stray walker endangering the tripwire and sees the caravan of Saviors in the distance. On the road, the Savior caravan trips the wire and sets off an explosion, killing them all. Morgan walks back to the group. Daryl insists it has started. The group seperates, Tara heads off first. Morgan joins her in the car. Daryl leaves to lead the head to the Sanctuary.
Morgan is later seen with a small group of soldiers from the militia, which includes Tara, Jesus and Dianne stands outside the fence of the satellite station outpost they previously cleared out. It has since been re-settled by Saviors. Morgan asks Dianne if she’ll be able to hit the guards through the fence using her arrows. She expresses doubt.
Morgan is among the Militia to sneak into the Satellite Outpost that has been re-occupied by the Saviors in order to take it over. Morgan, Jesus, Tara, and Diane prepare for a raid on the Satellite station. Jesus insists if a gun fires they won't get in. Jesus tells Tara to ensure no one gets the chance to do that. Freddie offer to help Morgan but he insists, "I don't die."
At the Satellite Outpost, Morgan attracts the walkers in the moat to a specific location, creating an opening which Dianne uses to take out the two guards. They then enter the building armed with silenced handguns, taking out patrols as they make their way deeper into the compound alongside approximately two dozen militia soldiers. They form up outside the various inhabited rooms and await Jesus' signal to attack.
Jesus gives the signal, and the Militia soldiers burst into the rooms and begin taking out Saviors, catching them by surprise. Morgan, Freddie and Andy prepare to breach a door, but before they can do so, a Savior opens it, and they promptly gun him down. Unbeknownst to them, at least half a dozen others were behind a corner, and before they can react, Freddie and Andy are killed and Morgan is concussed. Oscar comments to Jesus and Tara that they've lost touch with one of the groups. He is unable to answer Tara when she asks about Morgan.
Morgan awakens, wounded but alive. Morgan sees Freddie and Andy dead and slowly gets up. He loads two handguns and pursues the fleeing Saviors. At the Satellite Station, Morgan marches through the compound, killing every Savior he encounters in a trance-like state. He remembers the exchange he had with Rick several weeks earlier when he tried to talk them down from fighting the Saviors.
Morgan continues his killing spree, before finally emerging outside. Still reeling and unbalanced, he is shocked to see the Militia taking hostages. He remembers his argument with Rick over whether or not it is worth preserving life, even that of an enemy. He is shaken from his trance when he sees Jared amongst the captured Saviors. He attempts to kill him, but he is prevented from killing him by Jesus, who insists that they do not kill those who surrender. Morgan disagrees but allows them to live.
Morgan is seen with the Hilltop and Alexandrian forces that attacked the Satellite Outpost escorting the around 30 captured and shackled Saviors along a road at by armed guard. Jared annoys Morgan by whistling loudly. Morgan smacks him with his stick. Jesus remarks that they aren't far from the Hilltop, but Morgan is still angry with the decision to spare the lives of the Saviors. Jesus insists it was the right thing to do despite, telling him that no matter what they've done, they're still people. He firmly says that there are many kinds of danger, they kill, but they don't execute people. Morgan retorts that he has in fact done so in the past.
On the road, Jared continues to annoy Morgan, eventually mocking Benjamin's death. As Morgan snaps and holds him at gunpoint, a number of walkers roll down a nearby hill towards the convoy and chaos erupts. Two Saviors are killed, and as the Militia members are preoccupied with the threat, a group of 10 Saviors led by Jared make a break for it, running off into the woods. Morgan gives chase, firing at them as they flee. When he catches up to them, he kills the one that caused them to slow down, and is about to kill Jared, only to be stopped by Jesus' intervention.
Dianne and 3 other Militia members escort the Saviors back to the road while Jesus tries to reason with Morgan, who insists that the Saviors will not and cannot change. He begins to mentally break down, ranting about how things never change. He insists that the Militia have to be killers just like the Saviors in order to survive. Jesus says that after the war is won they will have to find a way to live with the Saviors and bring peace, but Morgan refuses to listen. He attacks Jesus who dodges his attacks and kicks him back. Morgan forms up with his Aikido and attacks again.
Morgan and Jesus continue to fight. Jesus tries to get through to him, but Morgan is unresponsive, and continues to attack, to Jesus' confusion. He is able to avoid Morgan's strikes with his stick, and take advantage of the openings he leaves to wear him down. Still Morgan refuses to stop. He scores a hit on Jesus' stomach, severely winding him, and another on his arm, but Jesus blocks the third hit and kicks Morgan away. As he goes in for another kick, Morgan maneuvers back out of his reach, and takes his standing leg out from beneath him. He tries in vain to score several lethal hits as Jesus dodges and gets to his feet, knocking an increasingly erratic Morgan to the ground. He uses trees as cover to evade most of Morgan's strikes but is eventually apprehended and knocked to the floor. He manages to get to his feet and disarm his opponent, knocking him away with another kick.
When he returns him his stick, Morgan holds it to his throat as Tara and Dianne arrive. Morgan finally snaps out of his trance, in a state of confusion, realizing what he has done. He tells Jesus that he isn't right, but that doesn't make him wrong either. He concludes that he can't be a part of the war, and leaves on his own, but not before Tara telling him that he is right about killing the Saviors.
This list shows the victims Morgan has killed:
- Jenny Jones (Zombified)
- 40's Man
- 20's Man (Alive)
- Eastman (Indirectly Caused; Before Reanimation)
- Owen (Zombified)
- Benjamin (Before Reanimation)
- 1 unnamed Wolf (Zombified)
- 1 unnamed Alexandria resident (Zombified)
- At least 17 unnamed Saviors
- At least 1 unnamed Scavenger
- Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people
- The name Morgan is a descendant male name from the old Welsh 'Morcant' which is derived from mor meaning 'sea' and cant meaning 'circle'.
- Morgan heavily suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as a result of losing his entire family to the outbreak, Morgan has been shown to display notecibale signs of mental instability as evidenced by his psycotic breakdowns and mercilessly mudering innocent survivors whom he encountered before his encounter with Eastman.
- Morgan is one of the three characters (along with Rick and Carl) who appeared in the pilot and are still alive.
- Morgan is currently the longest living character in the Television Series, who was not a member of the original Atlanta survivor group.
- Morgan's signature weapon is a wooden staff, hand-crafted by Eastman.
- Morgan' staff is also now a spear.
- Morgan appears to be religious as evidenced by him saying grace before his meal with Duane and Rick, and he silently prayed in Father Gabriel's church.
- Morgan is implied to be a vegetarian, although this was presumably influenced by Eastman.
- Morgan currently owns the book 'The Art Of Peace'.
- Moran also owns a rabbit's foot which acts as a good luck charm which was originally a gift from Eastman's daughter which was later handed to him after his death.
- Morgan appears to possess a reasonable knowledge of construction and craftmanship as shown by him being able to create several rigged traps throughout King County as well as being able to build a fortified cell in Alexandria self-handedly.
- After being trained by Eastman, Morgan is highly proficient in Aikido and thus has proven to be a skilled combatant, being able to engage multiple opponents in combat simultaneously including multiple members of The Wolves and later The Saviors.
- Morgan has killed the seventh largest amount of living characters on the TV show with a total of at least 20, while Merle has the sixth largest with at least 25 (including himself indirectly), Negan has killed the fifth largest amount of living characters on the TV show with at least 34 victims, Daryl has the fourth largest kill count amount of living characters on the TV series with a list of at least 38 victims, Carol has the third largest with at least 45, the Governor has the second largest with over 50 and Rick has the largest with at least 52.
- According to his interview on Talking Dead, Lennie James trained for his fight scenes with Stephen Ho, one of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- The scene in which Morgan appears to shoot his wife is shot from the same angle, and is almost identical, to a scene in the episode from Jericho called "Crossroads" where the same actor, portraying Robert Hawkins, is defending the town of Jericho.
- According to Talking Dead, the producers originally planned for Morgan to appear in the second season, however, Lennie James was too busy to be able to reprise his role as Morgan at the time.
- As of Monsters, Morgan, Rick, Carl, Daryl, and Carol are the only remaining characters introduced in Season 1.