Is this good news, "The Walking Dead" fans?
When "Fear the Walking Dead" was first revealed as a "companion series" to "The Walking Dead," there were no plans to ever do a crossover. The two shows are set in the same zombie/walker apocalypse, but the timelines are different and the locations are on opposite U.S. coasts. But never mind, 'cause a crossover is happening anyway "in the next year." That's the fresh news out of NYCC, with AMC even sharing a special poster to promote it.
Robert Kirkman, who writes the "Walking Dead" comic books and executive produces both shows, explained more at NYCC:
"There is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name, to another show, that I will not name. This is a huge event in the world of The Walking Dead. Now, what does that mean? Because these timelines, like... how does that work? Are we going to see an interesting backstory of a Walking Dead character in Fear the Walking Dead? Or are we going to see a Fear the Walking Dead character show up in The Walking Dead and show a future version of the character?"
Fans were mixed on this huge event, but most seem cautiously optimistic:
I thought they said the two shows would never cross over? I'm fine with alicia going to TWD and leaving everyone else behind.— Doctor Boo! 👻 (@DocWhatever) October 8, 2017
I AM SCREAMING!!! pic.twitter.com/Fr9G3wOrWP— julia loves mercedes (@twdftselena) October 8, 2017
STOP TRYING TO MAKE #FTWD A THING— maegwen (@maegwen) October 8, 2017
By this point, no one cares.— David Jordao (@iCrazyDavey) October 8, 2017
👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 pic.twitter.com/dSqiRgWo4z— Ashley 🐰 (@electricashley) October 8, 2017
So happy!!! AMC Just let out that there will be a crossover between Fear TWD and TWD !! 'WORLDS WILL COLLIDE' 😄😄 #TheWalkingDead— Shadowhunters polls (@ShadowPolls) October 8, 2017
"Fear the Walking Dead" viewers seem a bit more into the idea of a crossover than fans who just watch the mothership show.
Who will be crossing over? That's the question. "Fear" is the show that really needs a ratings boost, so it might be someone from TWD that shows up on that show, to add viewers. But that would mean a flashback for a TWD character, like -- for example -- Morales, who left Rick Grimes and company in Atlanta in TWD Season 1 to go to Birmingham, Alabama. Maybe they kept heading west? Or maybe there's something to Michael Cudlitz's post, and Abraham does cross over. His mission started in Texas, but it's possible "Fear" could connect with him in an early days scenario.
We'll have to wait and see how they do, with more intel coming out in the next couple of months.
"The Walking Dead" Season 8 premieres Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC. It will continue into 2018, with the second half of the 16-episode season most likely airing February to April. Meanwhile, "Fear" Season 3 started in June and is ending its 16-episode run on Oct. 15.
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