After her final show, actor Jared Padalecki penned a heartfelt message to “Walker” co-star Lindsey Morgan.
Padalecki posted the tribute on Twitter, thanking the actress for “blessing us with your strength, intelligence, and camaraderie.”
Padalecki stars in the “The Walker, Texas Ranger” reboot called “Walker.”
The most recent episode, “Douglas Fir,” was the mid-season finale and Morgan’s last.
‘Walker’ Star ‘Gutted’ After Final Scene
Lindsey Morgan told Entertainment Weekly that the final episode was “a bit surreal.”
Ramirez ended her show run, struggling to cope with her undercover time. She turns in her badge and gun for home in San Antonio. That comes with re-evaluating her priorities, saying good-byes to Walker (Padalecki), boss, Captain James (Coby Bell), and breaking up with Trey (Jeff Pierre).
Morgan admitted that she didn’t know how it or the final scene would happen. But when she received it from showrunner Anna Fricke, “it just gutted me.”
Morgan explained her work process, saying that if she can’t figure out a scene, she struggles over memorizing its lines. With her character’s final scene, she said she had trouble with it until 10 minutes before cameras rolled.
“And I realize now I was trying to protect myself from really feeling those emotions and really feeling the gravity of it all for Micki and for Lindsey,” Morgan said.
The actress said she “finally just surrendered” to the emotions, and they “hit (her) like a tsunami.”
In retrospect, Morgan said the moment was “really special” because her castmates surprised her by watching the scene together offset near her. She called it “poetic.”
Lindsey Morgan said, “it was just this magical moment of being completely supported and nurtured by such a wonderful group of people.”
Morgan Open to Revisiting Character
The actress told Entertainment Weekly she was open to revisiting the character. The Georgia-born, Houston-raised woman said she was dealing with burnout from not caring for herself “during my 20s.”
The actress said she “really (needs) to take the time to take care of myself and my well-being physically and emotionally and mentally, and re-evaluate how I got to where I am and make some changes.”
The 31-year-old admitted that she wanted to start a family soon. She said she had to “take a really long and hard look at my life,” just like her “Walker” character.
Lindsey Morgan credited gymnast Simone Biles and her courage in the past Olympic Games, where she took herself out of the competition over mental health. The actress also said the pandemic taught her that health “is the most important thing we have, and we need to prioritize that in any which way we can.”