The Walking Dead actor Lennie James on the exits of Rick and Madison


The Walking Dead’s Lennie James has had some time to think about the departure of Rick and Madison from his two shows.

As the wait for the latest batch of episodes of Fear the Walking Dead comes to a close, reported that actor Lennie James (better known in The Walking Dead universe as Morgan Jones) had some interesting thoughts on both FTWD and it’s parent show The Walking Dead.  

Depending on how you choose to look at it, this can be seen as either a little sneak peek on what to expect or a less than encouraging opinion of the future of TWD as a whole.  

"“The essence of both of those characters is going to be felt not just through the remaining episodes of Season Nine but possibly for seasons to come in the future. I doubt the fallout of those characters will be glossed over in what remains of our seasons. I think both of those characters cast huge shadows and both those shows will exist in the shadows that they left behind.”"

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While a slightly pessimistic thing to say about a show you’re still employed with, James makes a legitimate point.  

Also, given that James is the only actor to spend a significant amount of time on both shows, he’s in a pretty good position to know how they’ll do moving forward.    

Despite the best efforts of the writers to transition The Walking Dead from Andrew Lincoln to Norman Reedus as the lead, no actor headlines a show for close to a decade without casting a pretty long shadow.  

Most folks would be pretty hard pressed to name a show that enjoys the same success after a change that big outside of soap operas.

While the shadow left behind by Kim Dickens’ character Madison on FTWD naturally won’t be nearly as long, her departure is still sure to shake things up for the foreseeable future.

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The mid-season 4 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead will premiere tonight on AMC.  Season 9 of The Walking Dead will premiere on October 7.

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