My performance of the week ending 8/17/19 on TV goes to…

Lennie James as Morgan Jones on AMC’s Fear the Walking DeadOne of the best things to happen to the Fear TWD series was to have Lennie James join the cast.  Part of what makes Morgan so essential to the series is that someone who was previously lost and alone has now become the leader of the group.  He touches the lives of each character in one way or another and he continues to see the good in the world, even when it may seem like there is none left.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.

In season 5, Morgan has continued his mission of helping others in need, trying to do one good deed at a time.  It is inspiring, but I have been more moved by Morgan’s self-reflection, understanding that perhaps he needs to help himself as well, which is easier said than done.  It often seems like Morgan is always keeping busy so that he does not have to deal with his own inner pain and that comes out more in season 5, episode 9.

After Morgan risks his life to help a woman and child, Morgan is the one who needs saving and he has to put his full trust in someone else.  When Morgan opens up later in the episode, he finally starts talking about his own grief, realizing that he never truly said goodbye to his wife and son and that he doesn’t know how to.

This moment of sheer honesty and vulnerability really elevated Morgan’s character in my opinion.  He’s always in motion and he tries to help those around him, but he finally takes a second to talk about what he needs to do and how he is feeling.

What’s next for Morgan?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it will be interesting to find out what happens when he faces off with Logan.  Morgan is not to be underestimated, but is he able to do what is truly necessary to survive?  We have seen Morgan in similar situations before where he continues to try and fight for someone, even when they have shown their true colors again and again.

You have to admire Morgan’s willingness to continue to see that tiny sliver of goodness, but you also have to wonder if it will ultimately be his downfall.  Either way, Morgan is a true leader and he is so inspiring.  I love watching his interactions with every character and my favorite friendship is his one with Alicia.

Morgan sees so much of himself in Alicia and I love that he is doing everything he can to help her, reminding us that family is about more than blood.  Morgan may have lost his own family, but he has the opportunity to save his new family and you can’t help rooting for him.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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