In fact, story-wise, ensemble-wise, Worry is a far cry from what it was when it began. Heck, it even feels distant from what it was two years in the past. Possibly that is this present’s final trick: to always shift and morph whereas The Strolling Useless stays resolute in its stasis. Regardless, when speaking about both present, we all know Morgan Jones has been by means of it. The man has skilled every part. He misplaced his household, he went full-blown mad, he tried to be a pacifist, he tried to be a terminator, after which he actually Forest Gump-ran from Virginia to Texas to start out over with a brand new batch of bozos. My level is, it takes some particular care to provide us a Morgan journey we sort of have not seen already.
“The Finish Is the Starting” — the place the title comes from some suspicious dudes tagging a big nuclear sub (and who’re presumably after its payload key) — has its flaws, in that it solely solutions one of many character cliffhangers from the Season 5 finale (although, admittedly, an important one), nevertheless it winds up placing Morgan by means of a stable pressure-cooker journey that heals him, refreshes him, and units him out as kind of a ghost of his earlier id. He is lastly discovered a spot the place he can carry everybody. One which’s protected and off the (and each) map. Now he simply has to go rescue all of them, whereas additionally dealing with Ginny. “Morgan Jones is lifeless,” he eerily tells her over the radio, “and also you’re coping with another person now.”
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The majority of “The Finish Is the Starting” was about getting Morgan’s head proper after failing pretty onerous on the finish of final season. How do you get this man again on the “we’re not doing cautious, we’re doing proper” monitor that was the crux of the movies he and his group despatched out all throughout Texas. Properly, you do it by exhibiting him how that message affected different folks. One individual, who we by no means even see (which is kind of cool), saves Morgan’s life after Ginny shoots him. In fact, the now-bearded Mr. Jones remains to be very a lot at demise’s door, a while later, when the episode begins and walkers barely give him a second look, however the level is that some altruistic citizen saved his bacon.
Then there’s Isaac, performed by Michael Abbott Jr, who’s a former ranger in Ginny’s outfit who Morgan meets out on the street. Yup, he is a earlier villain whose coronary heart opened large after watching certainly one of Morgan’s VHS tapes. Isaac, who’s oh-so-briefly an antagonist right here, simply desires to get again to his pregnant spouse and sees Morgan, along with his gangrene odor, as well past some walkers. And it seems, the very sweaty Isaac could be very sweaty for a superb purpose. He is already been bit by the point he finds Morgan and simply desires to be there for his spouse. He is a superb single-episode character to have, as his story provides Morgan hope, perspective, and the motivation to “energy up” and battle off walkers with one good arm. Additionally, Morgan made the choice to battle by means of these walkers in order that Isaac did not need to take two extra days to go round them earlier than he knew Isaac was dying, in order that was a pleasant contact.
Oh, however Isaac wasn’t the one new face this episode. Demetrius Grosse (The Rookie, Westworld) infused this premiere with some scrumptious villain vibes as a bounty hunter named Emile. Utilizing a canine that may apparently monitor somebody’s scent for an unprecedented distance, Emile, just like the It in It Follows, is assured to search out whoever he is after. With a cowboy hat, an appreciation of beans, a vicious axe, and a love accumulating lifeless heads we have not seen since The Governor, Emile was a pure pleasure to observe. Plus, mini arc-wise, Morgan went from willfully sparing Emile (by capturing him within the arm) to willfully ending him (with the swing of an axe). Now we have a Morgan (donning Emile’s hat and buying and selling in his employees for the axe) lifeless set on rescuing his pals and a pregnant Grace.