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SDCC: A somber, straightforward Fear the Walking Dead panel

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Jul 21, 2017

The panel for Fear the Walking Dead in Hall H at Comic-Con got off to a somber start as moderator Chris Hardwick asked for a moment of silence for Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker, who fell to his death on the set of the latter show earlier this month.

Hardwick said candidly that the cast and showrunners were still grieving and were not sure if they were going to attend the con, but finally decided to come.

It was a sober moment and set a tone for the FTWD panel, which had a few laughs but was a generally straightforward discussion of the show in its third season.

The first half of the panel featured producers Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Dave Erickson, Dave Alpert and Robert Kirkman, who roused the audience with the suggestion -- in response to a question from Hardwick -- that FTWD and TWD could cross over at some point.

"I think it's somthing we'd love to try and work out," said Kirkman. "The fans would love it, and it's complicated because of that gap (in time), but we would love to try it."

Acknowledging another loss, Nicotero paid tribute to late filmmaker George A. Romero, who created the modern zombie genre. "None of us would be here" without Romero, said Nicotero, adding, "He broke down the boundaries...his stories had social commentary and he used the zombie apocalypse to talk about what was going in the world at the time, and that's what we try to do."

The trailer for the back half of Season 3 showcased an escalating level of violence and mayhem as things continue to heat up on the ranch between Madison (Kim Dickens)'s clan, the ranchers and the owners of the ancestral land.

After the trailer unspooled, cast members Kim Dickens (Madison), Colman Domingo (Strand), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alicia), Sam Underwood (Jake), Daniel Sharman (Troy), Dayton Callie (Jeremiah), Mercedes Mason (Ofelia), Frank Dillane (Nick) and Michael Greyeyes (Walker) all rolled out onstage, each talking a bit about their characters.

Dickens said that Madison has shown that she is a "natural born killer" and is transitioning between protecting just her family and protecting the ranch. Erickson added that we won't see a reanimated Travis because Cliff Curtis is too busy working on Avatar sequels with James Cameron.

When the idea was brought up, the cast said they believe a movie version of FTWD would be a "great idea."

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