Erickson has plenty of reasons why a crossover between the two series nearly impossible. For one thing, the spin-off is not a comic adaption. Also, The Walking Dead is set on the East Coast, while Fear TWD is a West Coast series. Also, as a prequel, Fear the Walking Dead is set ahead of the events of The Walking Dead.
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“As interesting as the ways that [TWD showrunner] Scott [M. Gimple] & Co. are able to shift the comic book narrative and really explore that, there is no Fear TWD” in that universe, Fear TWD executive producer Dave Erickson tells TVLine. The spin-off “didn’t come from the comic, so some tectonic plates would have to shift to make [a crossover] happen.”
There’s also the little matter of location, location, location. Since Fear TWD is set on the West Coast, “from a geographical standpoint, it’s going to be very difficult for us to ever get to the East Coast,” Erickson notes. “And from a narrative standpoint, with [TWD] being six seasons in and going on seven, I don’t think we’ll ever quite catch up with them, so chronologically, it would be difficult as well.”
Erickson also hopes that fans will eventually stop comparing the two series — at least as much as they have in Fear TWD‘s first two seasons. “[They] are two separate stories with similar rules taking place in the same universe that was created by Robert [Kirkman] in the comics. There’s room for two shows that have their own tone but are different in terms of characters and locations. That would be my hope.”
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