It started at New York Comic Con—not the zombie apocalypse, but The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman mentioning a possible crossover between that show and its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, which had fans ravenous for more.
Fan theories that started incubating at the Con soon broke out all over the internet. There was one, however, that really grabbed the attention of Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead executive producer and director of the 100th episode of TWD that will soon be creeping up on us. Nicotero thinks the theory that suggests Abraham Ford could once more materialize in The Walking Dead is more than just shambling around.
"I love the Abraham theory," Nicotero told Comicbook.com. "I think it's super smart."
Ford, played by Michael Cudlitz, started obliterating zombies in Houston at the dawn of the apocalypse. Houston is the closest any Walking Dead character has ever gotten to the post-apocalyptic wastes of Fear the Walking Dead. As the theory goes, if Ford’s hazy backstory unravels in a flashback while he is still in Texas, that would see his timeline aligned with the events at the very beginning of Fear the Walking Dead. Meaning, he could run into someone from the Fear crowd, who set their sights on Houston in the Season 3 finale. He could then leave Texas for the plague-ridden East without ever disrupting any events in the current timeline.
Then there was this cryptic tweet from Cudlitz:
Kirkman wasn’t ruling out the possibility that a Fear the Walking Dead character walks into The Walking Dead, either. Or that something completely different could infect that entire storyline. At the panel, he posed all these possibilities as questions. Suspicious questions.
So will Nicotero actually be fleshing out a crossover based on this theory? While he did admit to loving the theory, it doesn’t have much meat on the bone at the moment. He hasn’t clawed his way out of everything Walking Dead enough to deal with Fear.
He’d better hurry if he wants to make a crossover happen, because by the time he does, it’s possible not everyone will be alive.
The Walking Dead returns for its eighth season and 100th episode on AMC Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. ET.