Original TV Series
After rescuing Morgan Jones, Eastman crafts him a staff similar to his own from one of Morgan's spears. As he helps Morgan recover his mental state and teaches him Akido, Eastman also helps Morgan learn how to properly utilize it as his weapon.
During his time in Alexandria, Morgan shows a preference for using his staff to non-lethally defeat enemies unless they are walkers at which point a blow from the staff to the walker's head tends to be enough to dispatch it. The staff is later stolen by Jared during a trade between the Kingdom and the Saviors, but Gavin forces Jared to return it following his murder of Benjamin who Morgan had been training to fight with a staff. As the war with the Saviors begins, the vengeful Morgan sharpens one end of his staff so it becomes an effective stabbing weapon to use against his enemies.
Having been trained in combat utilizing a staff by Morgan, Henry adopts a sharpened staff as his own preferred fighting weapon and kills Gavin with it during the retaking of the Kingdom. Henry later loses his staff while chasing Jared, leaving it impaled through a walker he couldn't kill. Carol recovers the staff and rescues Henry, returning it to him.
Before the final battle with the Saviors, Jesus urges Morgan to a less violent stance. As a result, he suggests that Morgan use the staff's blunt end for the living and the sharpened end for the dead. Though Morgan originally ignores this advice, he ultimately chooses to use the blunt end to knock a Savior unconscious rather than killing him.
Six years after the apparent death of Rick Grimes, Henry continues to utilize a staff as his weapon, but has over the years fashioned a more ornate black version rather than a simple wooden pole. While helping Daryl rescue Dog, Henry uses his staff to impale a walker and save Daryl's life. During a later fight with the Whisperers, Henry kills one by smashing him in the head with his staff after Dog brings the man to the ground. Due to his leg injury from the fight, Henry subsequently begins using his staff as a walking stick.
Following Henry's death, Lydia is shown to have taken Henry's staff for herself and added a nunchuck to one end. The new addition is, when not in use, the end of the staff. When it is in use, the end is yanked outwards, revealing the nunchuck chain. After being kicked out of the meeting house when a Whisperer mask is discovered, Lydia practices with the staff before talking to Negan Smith. When ambushed by Margo, Alfred and Gage, Lydia attempts to use the staff to defend herself, but is disarmed by Margo who hits her with it. However, Negan rescues Lydia before she can suffer any serious harm. When fleeing Carol into the woods, Lydia uses the staff to incapacitate Carol so that she can get away.
During the Whisperer attack on the Hilltop, Lydia uses the staff to kill a number of walkers, refusing to flee despite knowing that Alpha wants her. Injured in the attack, Lydia uses the staff as a walking stick, much like Henry did. However, when Negan captures her, Lydia is disarmed of the staff.
Carol later finds the staff and is holding it when Negan brings her the severed zombified head of Alpha, her son Henry's killer. Carol subsequently carries the staff with her as she takes off on her own, using it as a walking stick and to kill a walker that ambushes her. After returning to Alexandria, Carol returns the staff to Lydia. However, she doesn't carry or use it for the rest of the war with the Whisperers.
Lydia later brings her staff with her on a supply mission to Fort Connors. When the walkers in the building become active and attack, Lydia uses her staff to put several down before escaping.
Fear The Walking Dead
After leaving Alexandria, Morgan continues to use his staff as his primary weapon. However, as he refuses to kill the living anymore, Morgan prefers to use the blunt end while fighting human enemies and the sharpened end to impale walkers through the head and put them down rather than bashing their heads in. Despite his leg injury, Morgan proves able to easily defeat Nick Clark and trip him up using the staff. After Jim Brauer's reanimation, Morgan mercifully puts his friend down by impaling him through the head and similarly puts down Martha.
During a fight with two walkers, Morgan gets caught in Grace's bola and accidentally impales the second through the abdomen rather than the head. After putting down the walker, Grace reveals that he had been radioactive and as such, Morgan needs to discard his staff permanently. Though Morgan repeatedly asks when he will get it back, Grace tells him that he never can as the wood is porous and thus would soak up the radiation beyond any ability to clean it. The extent of Morgan's desire to get it back causes Grace to realize that the staff means more to him than just a sharp stick to use against the dead. She takes it with her alongside the remains of the radioactive walkers in order to prevent anyone else from getting sick due to the remains.
Following the loss of his staff, Morgan begins using an old pipe as a replacement. Morgan subsequently fashions a new staff out of a mop handle. While helping Grace, Morgan spots his old plastic wrapped staff in the back of her truck and picks it up. Morgan briefly discusses his history with the staff and Eastman with Grace before putting it back in the truck as the staff is still dangerous. After killing at least five of the radioactive walkers with his new staff, Morgan abandons it in a field in the radioactive zone.
While chased by a herd, Morgan retrieves his plastic-wrapped staff from the back of Grace's truck and asks her if he can use it against the walkers chasing them. With radioactive dust from a second meltdown approaching, Grace states that in the grand scheme of things, he has bigger things to worry about and can use the staff. Morgan uses it to kill a walker that is hanging onto the plane so that he and John can remove a cargo netting. As they fly away from the area, Grace breaks the staff in half and tosses the radioactive half overboard. Handing the other half to Morgan, Grace states that she fixed his staff for him and Morgan holds onto the clean portion for further use.
After forming the Caravan, Morgan teaches Alicia Clark how to fight using a staff and some of their training is included in the videotape left behind by the Caravan. Following the group helping Tess and her son, Alicia rejects Morgan's offer of more practice in favor of finding out who has been painting inspiring messages onto trees. She subsequently abandons all use of a staff as a weapon.
After his staff is broken, Morgan continues to use the remaining half as a weapon. It is later repaired with a new second half by Terrence, a woodworker amongst the Pioneers. Virginia assures Morgan that Terrence stated that the joint holding the two halves together would hold up to anything Morgan could throw at it. Morgan tests out his newly-repaired staff by immediately killing a walker with it. Virginia later includes footage of Terrence repairing Morgan's staff in her documentary to draw people in to join her group.
When Virginia prepares to kill him, Morgan strikes her in the face with his staff, but Virginia shoots Morgan at the same time, leaving him badly wounded. Seeing Morgan reaching for the staff, Virginia grabs it and tosses it away, leaving Morgan unarmed as a small herd approaches him.
Morgan is rescued by an unknown person and continues to use the staff as he struggles to survive with his injury as his savior also brought the staff with Morgan when he was saved. Morgan primarily uses the staff as a walking stick due to his weakened state, but still proves capable of taking out most of a herd of walkers with it single-handedly even though he can only use one hand to fight with. When attacked by Emile LaRoux, Morgan is able to somewhat match him using the staff, but is eventually overpowered. As Emile swings his battle axe to decapitate Morgan, Morgan manages to catch the axe under the blade with the staff and force the axe to the ground beside him. Knocking Emile's feet out from under him, Morgan impales Emile in the chest with his staff before decapitating the bounty hunter with the man's own axe.
After killing Emile, Morgan abandons his staff at Valley Town and instead takes possession of Emile's battle axe as his new weapon. After returning to the dam, Morgan recovers his staff and repurposes it into the new handle of the battle axe, effectively combining his two weapons with the sharpened end of the staff acting as the end of the handle. Combining the staff and the battle axe gives Morgan a two-ended weapon that is deadly against both walkers and living people with Morgan killing one man with the axe end and moments later killing another with the sharpened end of his staff. While fighting a herd on the Route 185 Bridge, the combined weapon is extremely effective with Morgan slicing walkers heads with the axe end and impaling others with the staff end. Later, Morgan plants the axe staff-first into the ground outside of the dam, stating that it will remain there until the day that the weapon is needed again which Morgan hopes will never come.
As he abandons Valley Town, Morgan removes his axe from the ground and uses it against the zombified crew of the USS Pennsylvania. Wanting to be the hero, Victor Strand abandons Morgan and attempts to take his axe, breaking off the head in the process and leaving Morgan with just his old staff again. Despite being outnumbered, Morgan manages to put down the attacking zombies and saves Strand from Dakota, hitting her into the wall and knocking her unconscious. Although Morgan recovers his axe head, he chooses to give it to Strand and use just his staff instead. After failing to stop the cult's plans, Morgan puts his staff down on a table and Strand lays the axe head next to it.
Subsequently, Morgan temporarily abandons use of the axe, only taking his staff with him when Morgan exits the sub to investigate a crying baby. Seeing that it's baby Morgan and a zombified Rachel, Morgan sorrowfully uses his staff to put down his friend.
Months later, Morgan apparently carries neither his staff nor his axe with him when he and Grace leave the sub on a supply mission. Instead, Morgan uses a gun rather his usual choice of a melee weapon.
By the time that he goes searching for John Sr. and June, Morgan has repaired his axe, He uses his staff to put down a zombified Stalker outside of Teddy's Secret Bunker. Since repairing his axe, he appears to have added a metal ring close to the point of his staff for an unknown reason.
The following is a list of victims killed with a staff:
Original TV Series
- 20's Man (Zombified)
- Jeffery (Zombified)
- Owen (Zombified)
- Gavin (Alive)
- Savior 24
- Savior 25
- Savior POW 5 (Alongside Rick)
- Savior POW 6 (Zombified)
- 1 unnamed Wolf (Zombified)
- 1 unnamed Scavenger
- 1 unnamed Hilltop resident (Zombified)
- 1 unnamed Whisperer
- Several unnamed U.S. Military soldiers (Zombified)
- Numerous counts of zombies
Fear The Walking Dead
- Bill (Caused)
- Hardy (Caused)
- Thin Survivor (Zombified)
- Lumber Yard Survivor (Zombified)
- Quinn (Zombified)
- Jim Brauer (Zombified)
- Martha (Zombified)
- Ada Johnson (Zombified)
- Emile LaRoux (Caused, Alive)
- Cigarette Man
- Thompson (Zombified)
- Stewart (Zombified)
- Green (Zombified)
- Rachel (Zombified)
- At least 5 unnamed power plant workers (Zombified)
- 1 unnamed Pioneer (Zombified)
- 3 unnamed cultists
- Several unnamed crewmembers (Zombified)
- 2 unnamed Stalkers (Zombified)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- Since its introduction in the TV series, the staff has been utilized as a primary weapon by at least one major character a season. Originally seen as Morgan Jones' weapon, after his departure at the end of Season 8, Henry utilized a staff throughout Season 9, having learned from Morgan before his departure. Following Henry's murder in "The Calm Before", his girlfriend Lydia took up this role in Season 10.
- Morgan Jones' staff was originally a spear. During the war with the Saviors, Morgan sharpens the end so the staff can act like a spear against the living with Henry doing the same. Henry later did away with this feature in his more ornate black version of the staff while Morgan switched to using the sharpened end only for the undead. When Lydia took possession of Henry's staff, she added a nunchuk to one end, something that none of the other staff users ever did.