With Negan arriving for good, and Lucille being extra thirsty in the season premiere, many expected the new season of The Walking Dead to really up the ante when it came to big events and intense story lines. Instead, the show inexplicably turned itself into an anthology series of sorts, spending entire episodes in just one location. That meant that viewers would sometimes go two or three weeks between checking in on their favorite characters. Hell, the show introduced us to King Ezekiel, the most interesting new good guy the show has had in years, and then promptly didn’t show him again for roughly a month.
Lennie James, who plays Morgan on the show, also wasn’t a fan. His character is currently staying in The Kingdom with Ezekiel and his people, away from Rick and the regular group. He was also only featured in two out of the eight episodes before The Walking Dead went on its mid-season hiatus. When asked about it, he didn’t mince words.
“Horrible, just horrible – I swear to God, horrible.” James said with a laugh, according to NME.com. “But it was the same for everybody. Everyone’s had more time off this season than they’ve ever had, but it’s horrible. I hated it, and I complained about it – and I’m not a complainer – every day, like: ‘How you doing Lennie?’ I hate it! ‘You want tea or coffee?’ I hate it! It was horrible, because you just didn’t see anybody. And because we filmed The Kingdom in a completely different area to where they were filming Alexandria, the Hilltop, or the Saviors, it meant that no one was close to each other.”
Luckily for James (and fans of the show), the second half of Season Seven should be different. Daryl has escaped Negan’s compound and the group realized that they will need to combine the forces of Alexandria, The Hilltop, and The Kingdom if they are going to fight back against the charasmatically violent Negan and his loyal Saviors. That means the principal actors should all once again be found in the same locations.
“If you speak to anyone from The Walking Dead cast, then you know that everyone just gets on, and that you want to hang out and be around one other,” James said. “But they were filming stupid hours, and because you have so much time off – there was one point where I had three episodes off… I would leave town, as everyone else did. I hated it. I said to [showrunner Scott Gimple]: ‘I see what you’re doing, I respect what you’re doing, but don’t ever do this to me again because I hate it.’ I just didn’t see people.”
The Walking Dead returns on February 12 with a Mid-season Premiere, which is somehow still a thing, even though it most certainly should not.