The Walking Dead was original set in Atlanta, and has since moved up the coast to Virginia. Fear opened on the opposite coast — in Los Angeles — and gone south to Mexico.
The shows haven’t overlapped … until now.
As part of the “Worlds Collide” crossover, a character from The Walking Dead will appear in the upcoming fourth season on Fear. That character was revealed to be other than Morgan, played by Lennie James.
Host Chris Hardwick made the announcement during the Talking Dead aftershow.
Morgan appeared in The Walking Dead pilot, only to join full-time in Season 5. James revealed he just finished shooting The Walking Dead and is starting Fear tomorrow.
“I’ve said my goodbyes to the crew,” James said of The Walking Dead, confirming that he is leaving the core show entirely.
Hardwick followed by reading a statement from showrunner Scott M. Gimple:
“Even though Morgan is going to be featured on Fear, he has a lot of story left on The Walking Dead. Morgan’s arc on The Walking Dead Season 8 positioned him for the story on Fear. It was also important to see Fear’s world and characters through new yet familiar eyes.”
Several fan theories guessed at who the crossover character might be, but they proved incorrect.
One leading theory was that Fear protagonist Madison Clark (played by Kim Dickens), would appear on The Walking Dead. Madison is from the south, and grew up with an abusive father, much like The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Merle Dixon. Some fans postulated that the three could be related.
Another theory suggested the crossover character could be Abraham Ford (played by Michael Cudlitz) would appear on Fear. Abraham was killed by Negan in the Season 7 premiere, so a crossover would have to take place before Abraham joined Rick’s group. Sadly, executive producer Greg Nicotero debunked the Abraham crossover theory. “I love the fan theories,” Nicotero told ComicBook.com, saying none were correct so far. “The Abraham one was certainly intriguing and definitely my favorite.”
The Walking Dead’s midseason finale will air in two weeks. Fear will likely return in 2018. Hopefully James will get the name of his new show right by then; during Talking Dead he kept calling it Fear of the Walking Dead.
Fans, what do you think of the crossover?