‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Producers Talk Potential ‘Walking Dead’ Crossovers

Fear the Walking Dead TCA
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The cast and creative team of “Fear the Walking Dead” made their Television Critics’ Assn. debut on Friday when, as expected, the room of journos, reporters and critics at the press tour event asked exec producers if viewers can expect any crossovers with the flagship series “The Walking Dead.”

“There are no crossover plans right now. I would love to see those stories conflate at some point, but there are no plans to do so,” said showrunner Dave Erickson on the panel with producers David Alpert and Adam Davidson, plus cast members Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lorenzo James Henrie and Mercedes Mason.

“There’s no intention of having Easter eggs or character references,” he added in discussing what to expect in the first six-episode season.

But with a second season order already on deck — which will consist of 15 episodes, AMC confirmed at TCA — there may be clues, as the prequel series catches up to “The Walking Dead’s” story.

“I’m sure there will be things that will come up over the course of a season or two,” Erickson said, only to be playfully interrupted by exec producer Alpert, who teased, “There might be an Easter egg or two — it’s possible.”

Erickson mentioned that in the “FTWD” writers’ room, the goal first and foremost is “catching up to the original show.”

If there ever are crossover episodes, Mason joked that she’s pitching herself to play Andrew Lincoln’s wife, causing the panel to laugh and fess up that they’re all “fangirls and boys” of the “Walking Dead” star.

“Fear the Walking Dead” debuts on Aug. 23.

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  1. rbmeoe says:

    There really shouldn’t be any direct or even indirect reference to the characters on TWD. Those people are such average folks. Unless it is some kind of family relationship, which would be pretty hokey by the writers, the main characters from each show should never know anything about one another. One legitimate reference would be the doctor from the CDC or even better, his wife TS19 I think it was. They could actually be featured on Fear. Something like on news reports assuring the population that every thing is alright. Beyond those characters, I can’t think of anyone that would be likely to have connections to both coasts.

  2. CeeCee says:

    How is it a “spin off,” when it has no connection whatsoever to the original series, other than occurring in the same fictional universe? That’s not spun from, that’s derivative of.

  3. Mia Million says:

    Hello, my name is Mia and I live in Alaska, and I am the biggest fan of The Walking Dead. I honestly do NOT appreciate that’s you producers are making a show “Fear the Walking dead” and it is aggravating the original Walking Dead viewers. You are gonna lose your fans with this idea.

    • Nikki says:

      I don’t understand why it bothers you? I like that they are exploring a different time frame and region. I kind of wish it was in Nor Cal instead but that’s just because I’d love to see my own hometown zombified. :-)

  4. Bill B. says:

    There’s a ton of potential here to bring back some characters who have been long gone.

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