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The Walking Dead has just four episodes left in its increasingly hectic Season 8, and following its presumably deadly finale, viewers will be able to immediately dive right into the Season 4 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, which will serve as the first big crossover episode within the TV franchise. It's an event so monumental that AMC is giving the back-to-back episodes a theatrical release. Amusingly, The Walking Dead took to social media to tease that other big crossover coming to theaters soon, Avengers: Infinity War. Check it out!
I wouldn't go so far as to say that Marvel or Avengers: Infinity War got owned right there, but The Walking Dead nailed the imagery there. As superhero fans are undoubtedly aware, Avengers: Infinity War will premiere in the U.S. on April 27, and the most recent trailer was a smorgasbord of fun moments, key details and high-stakes action. But the Internet at large took snarky offense with Marvel calling the film "the most ambitious crossover event in history," and a meme was born. Untold numbers of often surreal pop culture mash-ups of yesteryear filled the Twitter-sphere, and The Walking Dead got in on that fun in a most timely fashion.
The official Walking Dead Twitter account shared the image above, which is a shot from Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, in which Lennie James' Morgan Jones will be the first O.G. character to hop over to the companion series. Good to see he's talking to Nick, too, instead of just hanging out with the newbies. Walking Dead fans are pumped for it, but it may be coming a couple of years too late to capitalize on the franchise's peak TV audience. This season's drooping Sunday night ratings have been widely publicized, though they're still pretty high, and the delayed viewing numbers are some of the best in primetime.
Even if Walking Dead was at its greatest heights, though, I'm pretty sure Avengers: Infinity War would still end up having a more lucrative night in the theaters than The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will. A lot of people are hyped for that movie for SOME reason. Not that it's a contest. Because if there really was a contest for the most ambitious crossover event in history, the winner would have been crowned back in 1990, easy.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET, with the Season 8 finale coming on April 21. Fear the Walking Dead's Season 4 premiere will air immediately following. While waiting for all the zombie and superhero action, head to our midseason premiere schedule to check out what else is on the way.