Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Morgan Looks Solemn on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 12

Never mind all the “Where’s Beth Greene?” speculation for a minute — what about Morgan Jones (Lennie James)? When is he returning to The Walking Dead?

We were looking forward to his return in Season 4, but that casting tease was debunked. Still, when he told Entertainment Weekly Morgan was a no-go for S4, showrunner Scott Gimple added, “Will he be on the show again? Yes. I am absolutely certain of that."

Scott is keeping faith on the Morgan promise; during his recent interview with Larry King, Scott was asked, “Will we see Morgan again?” He answered, “I am so determined to make that happen by hook or by crook. I can definitely say yes.”

Yassssss! Morgan is a lock. He’s not a definite lock for Season 5 — we’re not going to fall into that assumption trap again — but TheWalkingDead.com issued a poll, asking fans when they think Morgan will return.

Here are the results so far:

First half of Season 5 - 37%

Second half of Season 5 - 49%

Season 6 - 7%

Later than Season 6 - 3%

Never - 3%

So at this point fans seem to think the second half of Season 5 is a good bet. There’s valid reason to think that way, based on the comics.

We kind of had the comics-to-TV story on fast-forward for Season 4, figuring the “A” of the season finale might mean the Alexandria Safe-Zone of the comics. Now that we know that’s not the case, and our group hasn’t even hit the road for Washington, D.C. yet, it does make sense to think the first half of Season 5 might involve getting out of Terminus, determining what to do next, perhaps meeting with Gabriel Stokes (and Beth?), and then possibly hitting the road for D.C.

In the comics, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) took a detour to Rick’s old hometown to get supplies and ran into Morgan. Morgan ultimately joined the group on the road. TWD the TV show did something similar to that in Season 3, but without adding Morgan back into the mix, so maybe they won’t want to cover that ground again. But there are other ways to get Morgan on the show, even if we don’t go back “home.”

Season 5 filming looks like it’s keeping to the usual 16-episode schedule of May to November. Comic book writer/producer Robert Kirkman said the Season 5 script would all be finished by this summer. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any hints that Lennie James is back on the show — although we’ll avoid trusting IMDb on that one again.

What do you think? Will Morgan return in Season 5? If so, first half or second? If not, Season 6 or later?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.

Sources: Larry King, TheWalkingDead.com