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fear the walking dead and walking dead crossover

It's been a debate that has been raging, well, since Fear The Walking Dead was initially announced by AMC. People have wondered if The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead would ever find a reason to cross over, but since Fear is on a different timeline than the flagship show, there hasn't been a reason for that to happen... yet. Regardless of the past, comics creator Robert Kirkman told audiences at New York Comic Con this weekend that the two AMC dramas are finally going to cross over.

So, how are the two worlds going to collide? Through the use of a common character, of course. Because the two shows are not set in the same place and because Fear The Walking Dead's timeline is earlier than The Walking Dead's, the use of an overlapping character has always seemed as if it would be the best way to go about this sort of crossover premise (even when people connected to the show were denying it would happen). What's truly unique about this possibility is that Fear The Walking Dead could very well bring in a character that has been dead for episodes or even seasons on The Walking Dead, which could prove to be all kinds of cool for fans of both shows.

However, Robert Kirkman is even being cagey regarding which show the crossover will happen on. While he did say that the creative team is finally getting to a place where it can really "play with some things" related to Fear The Walking Dead, theoretically a fear character could come into play on The Walking Dead too. Per Kirkman,

I'll say this: 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.

Some actors who have died on The Walking Dead, including Noah Emmerich's Dr. Jenner, have already expressed interest in coming back. Of course, for now, Robert Kirkman is only saying that a character or his or her backstory will directly connect both shows. So, we'll have to wait and see exactly what that means for the zombie world that AMC has meant. Per what a source told EW we will have a while to wait; the connection won't happen until sometime in 2018.

In addition to Kirkman's comments, here's AMC's take on the matter:

Currently Fear The Walking Dead is airing its third season over at AMC. The series has dropped a little bit in the ratings this season, but perhaps a crossover will be just the ticket to bring interest back. You can catch Fear The Walking Dead on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. In addition, The Walking Dead will also be back soon, and you can catch new episodes starting on Sunday, October 22, also at 9 p.m. ET. While we wait, take a look at what we know about Season 8.