Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for AMC’s “The
Sunday’s episode of
Dead” showed the return of a familiar face fans never
thought they’d see again.
As Rick and Daryl brutally fought their way through one of the
Saviors’ safe houses, Rick was brought to a standstill when he
caught sight of a photo of a couple.
When a gun is put to his head, Rick recognizes the
man holding it immediately as Morales. You remember him,
right? He and his family were with Rick, Carol, Carl, and Daryl
back at a campsite in Atlanta on season one.
Here he is from season one:
Longtime fans of the show lost it.
“It’s over Rick… I called the Saviors back and they’re coming.” – Morales
HOLY SHIT!!! #TheWalkingDead
— #TWD Fan Page (@FTWDFans) October 30, 2017
If you didn’t recognize Morales, here’s a quick
refresher on what you need to know about the character’s big
As Rick mentioned, Morales and his family were
with the original group of survivors outside of Atlanta on season
one. When Rick and company decided to head to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention for answers, Morales told the
group he and his family were going to head their own way.
When we last saw Morales, his wife, and two children, they were
heading off to Birmingham, Alabama to be with family. Morales
said he needed to do what was best for them as Rick was doing for
his own family.
It’s not known yet whether or not Morales ever arrived
in Birmingham or how he arrived in Virginia with the Saviors. We
don’t even know Morales’ first name. The character only went by
his last name on the show’s first season. Those are two things
we’ll have to wait to see if we’ll find out next Sunday.
Fans have been wondering for a while if we’d ever
see Morales and his family again. The past few seasons
people thought there
was a chance we may see him again, especially since Morgan,
another season one character, returned years later after
being off screen for so long.
The series’ showrunner Scott M. Gimple appeared on “The Walking
Dead” aftershow to explain why they brought back the character
after seven seasons.
“Rick isn’t the guy he used to be,” said Gimple. “To face the
past like that is a huge thing for Rick. This whole season is,
you know we talked about that 100th episode last week, but this
whole season the past keeps coming up in one way or another and
Morales is evidence of that.”
Morales’ reentry onto the show right now is pivotal at a
time where it’s easy not to have compbadion for any of the
characters fighting for Negan. With the exceptions
of maybe Dwight and Eugene, many of Negan’s followers
come off as cold and heartless. It’s tough to connect with any of
them when they appear to be shells of characters introduced
briefly only to be taken out seconds or minutes later.
But fans know Morales was a good family man at the show’s start
with values which aligned with Rick’s. Has he changed?
Or better yet, has Rick?
Rick’s core allies — Morgan and Tara — were relentless in taking
out Saviors Sunday night. It was a bit scary how much they felt
like the hardened group of survivors. Had it not been for Jesus
and some of the other members of the Hilltop, they would have
slaughtered everyone without a second thought.
Morales’ reintroduction could help hold a mirror to Rick,
Carol, Daryl, and Carl to show that their current way of
taking out the Saviors may not be the perfect answer to
We already saw Rick questioning himself when he looked into
a mirror near the episode’s end after murdering countless Saviors
and spotting a baby in a crib. Who is the man he is becoming, or
has become, and is this the better world he’s truly fighting
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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