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The world is pretty crazy for zombies at the moment. As such, AMC is cashing in, getting amazing ratings with both The Walking Dead and it’s spin off Fear The Walking Dead. Fear, which is now smack dab in the middle of its second season, brings us back to the start of the zombie apocalypse in the Los Angeles area. Since the spinoff first aired, fans have been asking one big question: will the two shows ever crossover? Robert Kirkman, the mind behind The Walking Dead comics and TV series recently answered this question, saying the following:
We're already on season seven and this one's on season two and that would be crazy. As far as if those characters will ever encounter each other, I mean, they're in the same universe so it's completely possible. Geographically, they're nowhere near each other so it would be somewhat farfetched if group A were to somehow encounter group B unless over the course of many, many, many, many seasons somehow it made sense.
This statement, which comes to us from Robert Kirkman's appearence at Hawaii Comic-con, seems to really put a kabosh in the whole crossover theory. It just isn’t logical, and it appears that the team behind both series isn’t even considering it.
Robert Kirkman’s statement, while disappointing to fans who want to see Madison and Rick meet, actually makes perfect sense. There’s too many factors that would be in the way of a crossover event.
To start, there is a huge time difference between the two shows. The Walking Dead is certainly not going to stop their trajectory to allow Fear The Walking Dead to catch up chronologically. It’s been around two years since the zombie outbreak on The Walking Dead, despite Carl aging like 6 years since Season 1. With Fear only being a few weeks into the chaos, it would take an insane time jump on the spinoff’s part in order to catch them up to Rick and the main group.
There is also an issue in that the two shows are on basically opposite sides of the country. Rick and the group started in Atlanta, and are now outside Washington D.C.. Conversely, Madison and her family are originally from Los Angeles, and they are now presumably toward the bottom of California, near the Mexican border. With vehicles and fuel in such short supply, it seems absolutely impossible for either group to traverse across the country and survive.
But while we will probably never see the two groups meet, there could be a more unconventional crossover happening in the future. There have been a handful of characters who have left Rick’s group in The Walking Dead without losing their heads. Back in Season 1, the Morales family departed from the group in order to find their family. Perhaps their family is on the West coast, and they managed to survive the trip. This would be a great way of connecting the two series without getting completely crazy and relying too heavily on suspense of disbelief.
Fear The Walking Dead will air its midseason premiere on August 21st.