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One of the most confusing things about The Walking Dead Universe for fans of both the TV series is where exactly Fear the Walking Dead takes place in relation to the timeline set out in The Walking Dead.

Unlike the original series, Fear the Walking Dead began at Day 0 of the apocalypse, but since then it has become a little murky as to how much time has passed. Showrunner Dave Erickson has recently spoken out about this to clarify for fans exactly how Fear the Walking Dead fits into The Walking Dead Universe timeline. However, I'm not entirely sure his math adds up.

The cast of "Fear the Walking Dead," Season 2
The cast of "Fear the Walking Dead," Season 2

Speaking to TV Line about the timeline, Erickson said:

"If you marked off the days [that have passed on air since 'Fear TWD' debuted], I think right now, by the end of the first half [of Season 2], we’re getting very close to Rick waking up in Georgia."

For those that might not know, according to The Walking Dead timeline on the Walking Dead Wikia, Rick woke up from his coma around Day 59 (that's 59 days after the global outbreak began), meaning that almost two entire months of apocalypse had passed while he was unconscious (during which he was kept alive by a sole nurse at the hospital who died shortly before he woke).

While this might seem to nicely tie the two series timelines together, a closer look into the Fear the Walking Dead timeline actually raises more questions. Y'see, looking at the timeline for Fear the Walking Dead, it seems as though by the end of Episode 5, "Captive" (which is two episodes before the midseason finale), we're only at Day 20. This would mean that close to 40 days would have to have passed between the end of episodes 5 and 7 to make Erickson's claim correct. So, is it possible? Well, not really. Let's break it down:

Rick Grimes in Episode 1 of "The Walking Dead."
Rick Grimes in Episode 1 of "The Walking Dead."
  • In Episode 5, "Captive," Luis was already angry about having to delay his return to Baja and allowed Madison half a day to rescue Travis and Alicia from Connor's pirate group.
  • Episode 6, "Sicut Cervus," shows the group finally making it to the Baja house. The night that the group arrives, Daniel sees Juan throwing the dog to the walkers in the wine cellar, and Strand shoots Thomas, who died from his injuries.
  • Episode 7, "Shiva," very clearly picks up from where Episode 6 left off, with the rest of the group hearing the gunshot from Strand shooting Thomas. Celia tells Strand he must leave the next day, and the following evening is when Daniel sets the estate on fire. The group is split up and the midseason finale ends.

So with all of that taking place, it seems like it would be generous to say that four or five days have passed since the events of "Captive," meaning that on the timeline, Fear the Walking Dead is currently at around Day 25.

However, there's always the possibility that there could be a time jump between the midseason finale and midseason premiere that would allow for the 34 extra days needed to bring Fear close to the day Rick woke from his coma.

The cast of "Fear the Walking Dead" in Episode 6.
The cast of "Fear the Walking Dead" in Episode 6.

But aside from talking about the timeline, Erickson also addresses fan frustration in his interview:

"That has been one of the challenges of the show. ... We obviously want to deliver a story that everybody loves. But at the same time, we wanted to make sure that our characters didn’t embrace the tropes [of the genre]."

He went on to explain that he wanted the series to feel realistic and less like a zombie movie, where characters becoming zombie-killing experts at record pace:

"By the end of the first reel, everybody knows the score and is able to kill [the undead] without any thought. They become very practiced at it very quickly. And that was something we wanted to avoid. We wanted to [instead] try to balance expectations of how people should behave once they know there are zombies with this sort of attempted slow burn into the apocalypse from a character standpoint."

And while that might sound like a beautiful recipe for storytelling, fans have been very vocal about their annoyance with characters of Fear the Walking Dead not being as expert as characters from The Walking Dead, (who have experienced nearly two years more zombie apocalypse than in FtWD). Acknowledging this, Erickson said:

"That creates frustrations, to a certain degree, because in some instances, you want [the characters] to get it already. And in some circumstances, the things that they do that don’t seem particularly zombie-savvy are, for me, moments where they aren’t zombie-savvy."

Nick and Madison at the end of Episode 7, "Shiva."
Nick and Madison at the end of Episode 7, "Shiva."

I don't know about you, but after years of wanting to see the first 60 days in The Walking Dead universe, I tend to think Fear the Walking Dead is doing an amazing job. And with the characters now much more capable, and the story become more and more gripping, the second half of Season 2 promises to be a total rollercoaster.

Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC with the second half of Season 2 on Sunday, August 21.

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Source: TV Line


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