Following the explosive midseason finale, Fear the Walking Dead may have found their new star. Based on a new press release, Morgan (Lennie James) appears to be the show's new lead. Before joining the main cast for season 4, Morgan was a series regular on The Walking Dead. Morgan is expected to replace Madison, who is the second season 1 cast member to die this season. Her son, Nick (Frank Dillane) was killed in the third episode.
So far, season 4 has had a unique narrative structure. The season began with Morgan, the show's much-anticipated crossover character, allying with two new characters, Althea (Maggie Grace) and John (Garret Dillahunt). The three soon crossed paths with the Clark family, Luciana (Danay Garcia), and Strand (Colman Domingo). However, there was no sign of the show's lead, Madison (Kim Dickens). It was heavily hinted that Madison had been killed during the time jump. After a series of flashbacks that were told over the course of several episodes, it was finally revealed in the midseason finale that Madison sacrificed herself to save the others.
A new press release from AMC on the back half of season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead gives Lennie James first billing. Listed second is Alycia Debnam-Carey, who plays Alicia, Madison's daughter and the only remaining original series regular. This strongly indicates that James is the new star of the series, which may be surprising to some considering that Morgan didn't join the series until the season 4 premiere. It should be noted that this news does contrast with showrunner Andrew Chambliss' comments about who will replace Dickens as the star. Chambliss said Fear the Walking Dead is an "ensemble show," which implies that the series doesn't necessarily need a lead character.
If Morgan is the new star, it shows just how far this character has come since he decided to isolate himself from Rick's group in the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead. Morgan wanted to be left alone, but it didn't take long at all for him to find himself with another group of survivors. Due to an injury, Morgan refrained from running off on his own and ended up in the middle of a conflict between the main characters and the Vultures.
Now Morgan is a big part of the current group of survivors. With the Vultures dead, it's hard to say where Morgan and the others will go from here, or what their goal will be for the second half of the season. If one member of the group has to stand up and take the lead, there's a good chance that character will be Morgan.