Walker: 2×01 ‘They Started It’ Screencaps
A big thank you to FarFarAwaySite for these!
Lindsey Morgan, the female lead opposite Jared Padalecki on the CW’s Walker, will be leaving the hit drama series during its current second season for personal reasons. Morgan, who has starred as Micki Ramirez on the CBS Studios-produced show from the start, will appear in a number of episodes in Season 2, which premiered last night. Her final episode as a series regular is TBD, and she could potentially return as a guest star in the future.
“After much thoughtful consideration and introspection, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to step away from my role as Micki Ramirez on Walker for personal reasons, and I am eternally grateful to have the support of the producers, CBS Studios and The CW in allowing me to do so,” Morgan said in a statement to Deadline. “The opportunity to play Micki has truly been a blessing as has working alongside the incredible cast and crew of this terrific series. Please know that I will continue to root for my TV family and wish them all the best.”
The departure ends a long tenure at the CW for Morgan, who segued to Walker after seven seasons on the network’s post-apocalyptic drama The 100, six of them as a series regular.
Morgan recently approached the Walker producers with her request to leave. Morgan’s on-screen partner, Walker star and executive producer Padalecki, as well as series developer, executive producer and showrunner Anna Fricke; the CW and CBS Studios all lent their support.
“Lindsey is a wonderful person, inside and out,” Padalecki said. “I am proud of, and grateful for, her work on Walker. Moreover, I’m honored to consider her a friend.”
Added Fricke: “It’s been a true pleasure to work with Lindsey. I admire her as a person and as a professional. She will of course be missed, but we truly support her and celebrate the impact she has made on this show.”
The reimagining of the popular CBS drama Walker, Texas Ranger centers on Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years. Morgan’s Micki Ramirez is Walker’s new partner, one of the first women in Texas Rangers history. Season 2 finds Micki so deep undercover that Walker becomes concerned about her.
In their joint statement, the CW and CBS Studios hinted that Morgan could return to the series for guest appearances.
“We respect and support Lindsey Morgan’s decision to step away from her role as a series regular on Walker and wish her only the best,” the network and studio said. “She is a tremendously talented actress who will certainly be missed, and we will, of course, leave the door open for ‘Micki’ to return.”
Walker was an instant breakout when it debuted in early 2021, quickly establishing itself as the CW’s most watched series. Fricke executive produces with Dan Lin, Lindsay Liberatore and Padalecki. Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre and Odette Annable, who was promoted to a series regular ahead of Season 2, also star.
Hello, everyone! I should be getting Walker caps and stills finished soon, but in the meantime, I bring you 1,000+ HD Screencaps along with screencaps from the blooper reel, deleted scenes, and making of featurette that were available on the bluray.
The CW’s “Walker” has captivated fans since the first promo featured Jared Padalecki donning his cowboy hat — and the show’s popularity has only grown ever since. Since the show earned a very early renewal, fans are already looking forward to another season of Padalecki’s Cordell Walker kicking butt and taking names alongside his partner Micki Ramirez, played by Lindsey Morgan (“General Hospital” and the CW’s “The 100”).
While we can’t help but wonder what Season 2 has in store, we have to get through the “Walker” Season 1 finale first — and it’s a big one. The first season hinges on what happened to Cordell’s wife Emily, and the mystery unravels and finally comes to a head in the last episode.
Looper spoke to Lindsey Morgan during an exclusive interview, and she dished on the Season 1 finale, teased her Season 2 arc, revealed the wildest thing Jared Padalecki has done on set, and reminisced about her final days on “The 100.”
Your character has had a tremendous amount of character growth between the first episode and the Season 1 finale. What has it been like watching Micki go from being fairly insecure in her relationship and her career to really embracing and trusting the badass that she is and going after what she wants?
[Laughs] It’s been amazing. I love that we get to see Micki’s journey and just how much she grows into herself. And then how, just like you said, how powerful she feels in her body and trusting herself and trusting her instincts and believing in herself and now really trusting others and opening her heart and really going for it. It’s been a joy to play, and it’s just been a joy to see for sure.
That’s awesome. Micki’s death glare when she’s scolding Walker is incredible. How much of that is acting, and how much of that is real when you’re in a scene with Jared? And does he ever try to get you to break on set?
That’s just my face when I see Jared Padalecki. No, I’m just kidding. I love the death glare. That’s the classic Micki. But Jared is so funny, and he is constantly razzing me and constantly pulling pranks on me. So I’ve just come to accept it now. But it has been really fun. I feel like Micki and Walker have great banter. And so it’s just a fun atmosphere to play with, and Jared’s always game, if not one-upping me constantly.
It’s so funny because I asked Molly Hagan if he ever pulled any pranks, but I guess he respects her role as matriarch. [Laughs] What has he done to you?
Oh my gosh, this is probably my favorite. We were in the pilot, and this was when I was driving home, and he was drunk, and I hadn’t really revealed who I was yet. And I was just kind of watching him. So it was kind of just a tense moment of silence, and he put a fart machine in the car and let it rip during one of these silent beats. And I just died laughing. I was like “What was that?” So it’s pretty notorious.
Without giving anything away, it looks like Micki is going to have an incredible arc in Season 2 based on the Season 1 finale. Can you tease anything about where she’s headed and what you’re most excited about going into the next season?
I mean, as you saw in the finale, Micki is probably going to be going undercover, and it’s such a big moment for her. Because essentially, it is a career promotion. She’s really kicked so much ass as a ranger, and Captain James really believes in her and thinks she is the right person for this job. And it’s a huge honor.
But also, more importantly, she’s doing it to protect Walker — she personally feels if anyone should do it, it should be her. However, she spent the whole first season building this really beautiful family life that she never really had before. She kind of was a lone wolf, and now she has this amazing relationship — a budding relationship with Trey that could be taking the next step. She’s really connected with her mother and now her [birth] mother in ways she’s never before.
And she’s really introducing this, the importance in this life of family that she’s never had before. But now, into the question of will all her hard work crumble? How much will going undercover affect her home life? And we saw firsthand how much Walker going undercover affected his and how many bridges he had to rebuild. And so Micki, of course, is thinking that won’t happen to her, and she’ll have a different experience, and she can handle it all. But I do understand. I do question and wonder how one will affect the other, because I think it has to.