I’m watching a live-stream of the “Walking Dead” panel at the ongoing NAB Show – an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, which takes place every April at the Las Vegas Convention Center, hoping something crucial about next season (season 6) will be shared by the show’s creators. And, thus far, over an hour into the conversation which includes creator Robert Kirkman and co-star Steven Yeun, the most noteworthy item came from Kirkman who shared that Rick and Morgan’s reunion (which ended the most recent season) will be “the spine of Season 6.” He didn’t elaborate, as expected (he can’t give it all away obviously), but what he did say may be enough to get fans of the series excited for what’s may be to come.
After last season’s finale, when Morgan (Lennie James) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) are reintroduced again, I did wonder whether this signaled a changing of leadership, as Rick seemingly loses his mind, and the more zen-like Morgan assumes the throne, so to speak, to become the big cheese. There could be a tug-of-war for control between both characters, as the group maybe considers redefining itself, and each character is forced to choose one side or the other. I can’t see Morgan, especially as we’ve come to know him, as a man on his own path, playing second fiddle to Rick – especially a Rick that’s not quite the same sane character that he once was. Morgan will either lead, or leave. And based on Kirkman’s words, the latter option is unlikely. But it then becomes a question of whether the series’ producers have the courage to demote Rick, the white male star of the series since its start, to be usurped by a black male character. And while Rick does rule in the graphic novel series, the TV show certainly hasn’t been faithful in its adaptation, meaning that anything should be possible.
Those of you who are intimately familiar with the graphic novel series, please chime in with your thoughts on what might be coming…
Kirkman also shared that the series could on “for many, many years,” as long as there’s an audience for it.
Watch the panel conversation below: