It’s been a question fans have had ever since the spin-off series was announced.
Robert Kirkman’s hit graphic novel The Walking Dead turned out to be a major hit for AMC. The series has gone through its ups and downs, but it has maintained a dedicated fandom and is weeks away from entering its eighth season.
Fear the Walking Dead was created by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, serving as a cross between a companion series and an origin story for the main show. While The Walking Dead focuses almost entirely on the world after a zombie apocalypse has ravaged society, Fear the Walking Dead gave viewers a glimpse into the beginning of the pandemic.
When Fear the Walking Dead premiered in August of 2015, The Walking Dead already was already several seasons in. Initially, it was reported that the two series would remain separate. However, fans of both series have finally got confirmation that a crossover is being planned.
Kirkman broke the news at New York Comic Con, though he didn’t reveal specifics. “There are two Walking Dead shows. One character is going to go from one show that I will not name and appear on another show that I will not name.”
Fear the Walking Dead is nearing the end of its third season. With the story of the apocalypse’s origins largely expanded upon in seasons one and two, the current story arc sees the show in a semi-isolated world-building arc.
This is a similar situation to the one going on the main series. The Walking Dead is heading toward what could be the most action-packed season ever, if the source material is any indication. While the showrunners have been known to change certain things up from the books, they’ve used the material as a tentative guide fans can usually depend on.
If the crossover happens on the current timeline, it could lead to some interesting interactions between the characters due to their similar situations and circumstances. However, while the timelines are a bit unclear, it is generally believed that The Walking Dead is ahead of its companion series chronologically.
It is possible that showrunners could work around these discrepancies, but it is also a possibility they’ll work the crossover in via other means. Both shows are known for their penchant of killing off main characters, much to the chagrin of viewers. Characters have returned in flashbacks and dream sequences before, and a crossover could also provide another occasion to bring back a familiar face.
If a fallen character from the main series turned up in the companion series, it would make sense and provide viewers with a way to see the character one more time.
There have also been rumors and whispers that a comic storyline (yet to show up in the main show) could see its origins established in Fear the Walking Dead. This would offer a great deal of continuity and bring popular characters from each show to the same screen.
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