How close is Morgan?

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Will Rick and the survivors ever meet up with Morgan Jones during the remainder of the fifth season? Fans have theorized and scrounged every frame of the show for any clue as to when the eventual meet up will occur. With the mid season finale having concluded as it did (poor Beth!), fans could use some good news.

Sadly, in a recent interview, Josh McDermitt has revealed that Morgan is not as close as some would’ve hoped. Here is what Josh told Huffington Post:

The midseason finale ended with a huge shocking death. Will we get a break from that intensity to start Season 5?

I think when it picks back up, we’re gonna see the group kind of dealing with the aftermath of that he horrible situation that we ended off with. It’s certainly sad to see Beth go, and not just Beth, but to lose Emily Kinney, who is an incredible person and a great member of our cast. So we’re gonna kind of see them dealing with that moving forward. And I think, you know, the second half of the season is gonna change a bit. We’ve seen the characters that are in a place they’ve never been before, and it’s just gonna get a little darker and a little crazier, and to quote Scott Gimple, “It’s just gonna get weird.”

Norman Reedus previously told us, “Grab your tissues,” when it comes to Season 5. Is that still going to be the case?

Yeah, I mean I think that’s always the case with this show, and not just in the sense of, “Oh, there’s gonna be people dying, so you’re gonna be crying.” I mean, I cried when I saw Abraham breakdown and start crying after he found out that the mission to D.C. was a lie. There are other moments you cry in that aren’t necessarily related to death, so I absolutely agree with that statement. You gotta get your tissues ready because there are some pretty intense moments.

Will Season 5 get back to the stories in the comics?

The producers are always looking to create new storylines and interweave moments from the comics as well as new things, so I think it’ll be more of the same. There’s always a moment where it’s like, “Oh, that’s from the comics.” And it’s small, so small and subtle. I think it’ll be more of remixing storylines and getting back to a version of some stories from the comics.

One of the Season 5 previews shows everyone blasting guns in the woods. Does this mean big conflict with humans is on the way?

I love that people are talking about it. I think we were all, when we were shooting it, trying to figure out what it meant, and we couldn’t even figure it out. I think we’re reading a lot into something that’s probably not the case. You’re absolutely right. That ammunition is a sacred resource. You probably don’t want to be wasting it too much, and we got a promo of us just firing at whatever is alive in the woods, which is just awesome cause people are fired up over this promo. But yeah, I don’t know. I just feel people reading too much into it. Or are they?

Is Morgan as close to the group as we think he is?

The answer to this — any sort of detail I’m gonna screw it up — just, I’m not confident of the details … as Morgan kind of showed up to the church in the last episode, and he saw the map and everything, the greenery had grown up over some of the vines to show that several months have past. I don’t think that Morgan is around the corner.

Get your tissues ready and expect more deaths! Read the full interview here. The walking dead returns February 8.