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AMC's hit series The Walking Dead may be on hiatus until the fall, but spin-off series Fear The Walking Dead recently returned to screens for its third season. The hit prequel series explores the origins of the zombie apocalypse through the perspectives of the Clark family.

Despite sharing the same universe, there are no obvious connections to suggest that viewing is important to understanding or vice versa. Moreover, there's no evidence to suggest that the two shows will ever have a crossover episode. Or is there? Be warned, spoilers for the latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead follow.

The latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead featured a moment that could be the key to connecting the two shows. During the episode, Madison Clark introduced herself and her children to the residents of the ranch (the sanctuary in which they're currently residing). During her heartwarming speech about how her family has also suffered, Madison's Southern accent came through.

During a conversation with Strand back in the second season, it was revealed that, although she was a guidance counsellor in Los Angeles before the apocalypse, Madison was actually born in Alabama. As fans of The Walking Dead are aware, the show takes place in the southeastern part of the country; it may sound like a gigantic stretch, but Madison's background could be a possible connection between the two shows. If you think about it, out of all of the possible locations Madison could've been raised in, the writers chose to the same part of the world that The Walking Dead is set — that certainly raises eyebrows.

Some Fans Now Believe Madison Clark And Rick Grimes Are Related

[Credit: AMC]
[Credit: AMC]

Could The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes be related to Fear's Madison? More than 100 million people live in the South, so the odds aren't high, but it's possible; despite following Rick's story for seven years on The Walking Dead, we still know very little about what the show's protagonist got up to before the apocalypse, other than the fact that he was a sheriff. To my knowledge, he's never mentioned having brothers or sisters let alone extended family such as cousins. Who knows how many people with the surname Grimes could be running around in the post-apocalyptic world?

We do know that Madison had previously been married, which is clearly why her surname is Clark, but has never mentioned her maiden name. Moreover, viewers have noticed that Madison has begun to develop other character traits associated with Rick Grimes, including playing along with her captives, biding her time at the ranch and, at one point, Madison even suggested that she, Nick and Alicia take the ranch under their control. Rick would certainly be proud.

Of course, the gigantic hole in this theory is the fact that neither character has mentioned the other in conversation. However, there is a simple explanation for this: Madison doesn't seem like the type of person to open up about her past, and we've already discussed that viewers still know very little about Rick pre-apocalypse.

But I wouldn't be surprised if Madison and Rick are, in fact, related. There are definitely notable similarities between the two and, if anything, the two characters share a common goal — they are willing to do anything to survive and will protect their family at all costs.

Thinking about it now, the fact that the writers of Fear The Walking Dead chose a completely different family to focus on — with no apparent connections to the folks of The Walking Dead — does seem a little peculiar. While Fear is a prequel series, we wouldn't be surprised if Madison popped up on The Walking Dead in a couple years' time to reunite with Rick. There's no obvious connection besides sharing a universe, but we'd like to think that there could be more to this theory than meets the eye.

Fear The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

Do you think Madison Clark and Rick Grimes are related? Would you like to see Madison and her family pop up in The Walking Dead? Tell us in the comment section below.


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