Warning: Spoilers ahead for the The Walking Dead comic series, including some of the most recent storylines!
Of course, given the time difference between the two series (at the moment The Walking Dead is taking place around two years after the events in Fear the Walking Dead) a crossover has always seemed like an unlikely possibility. However, in the most recent issue of The Walking Dead comic, creator #RobertKirkman has given fans a small glimmer of hope for a crossover that might occur when The Walking Dead covers the storyline currently going down in the comics.
As of this month, 160 issues of The Walking Dead comic series has been released (meanwhile Season 7 of the TV series is presently covering events from between Issue 100 and Issue 105), and the most recent issues have seen our favorite survivors headed into battle against a whole new threat. But meanwhile, there's a whole other subplot concerning one character making contact with a whole new group of people.
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While tinkering with a CB radio, Eugene ended up reaching a survivor named Stephanie. Though both parties are initially reluctant to give much away, eventually they both learn where their communities are roughly located, and Eugene also learns that Stephanie's group had (or has) a member who sounds a little familiar.
According to Stephanie, a year or so previous a guy had joined her group and insisted on constantly reapplying fresh walker blood and guts - almost like another character we know of:
Yep, there's no denying that the member of Stephanie's group sounds a lot like Nick from Fear the Walking Dead, but what makes this little shout out even more likely as a potential cross over point for the TV series was Robert Kirkman's comments in the Letter Hacks section of the issue. After a fan asked if this mention of a survivor who covered himself in walker guts was a specific reference to Nick, Kirkman replied "It's possible this is a wink and a nudge to that. But this series is not connected to Fear the Walking Dead. That series is separate."
And while it makes total sense that the characters from Fear will likely never appear in The Walking Dead comic series (given that the characters were created specifically for TV, it would require AMC to license them to Skybound for use in comics), that still leaves open the possibility for the character to appear during the same storyline in the TV series (providing the storyline was adapted for the TV series that is). It would probably be way, way in the future but hey - it's still a possibility.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 3 "The Cell" on Sunday, November 6.
Would you like to eventually see a Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead crossover?