There's a horde of zombie shows out there vying for our attention right now, but in terms of ratings, The Walking Dead remains top of the pile, pulling in ridiculous numbers and an equal amount of controversy, especially following the Season 6 finale.
While the spin-off show Fear The Walking Dead may not have enjoyed the same levels of success so far, the program still has many fans who are eager to follow these new survivors into the zombie apocalypse, hoping that they might even bump into Rick and his gang one day.
Unfortunately, hopes for a potential crossover between the two shows are disappearing faster than Rick's crew in the Season 6 finale. Series creator Robert Kirkman initially gave us hope, saying that a crossover event would be unlikely — but not impossible — as the two bands of survivors do exist in the same reality after all.
However, showrunner Dave Erickson recently compared the two timelines in more detail, explaining that Fear The Walking Dead has just caught up to the opening of its sister show, where Rick Grimes first awakes from his coma. This would mean that another six seasons would have to pass before the two sync chronologically, unless of course a convenient time jump suddenly occurred.
As if that wasn't enough, Erickson just hit the final nail in the coffin during an interview with TV Line, explaining that:
"As interesting as the ways that [TWD showrunner] Scott [M. Gimple] & Co. are able to shift the comic book narrative and really explore that, there is no 'Fear TWD' in that universe. [The spinoff] didn’t come from the comic, so some tectonic plates would have to shift to make [a crossover] happen."
Those who would try and argue that The Walking Dead often diverts from its source material will be even disheartened by what Erickson says next, as he explains that there are other obstacles in place too:
“From a geographical standpoint, it’s going to be very difficult for us to ever get to the East Coast. And from a narrative standpoint, with [TWD] being six seasons in and going on seven, I don’t think we’ll ever quite catch up with them, so chronologically, it would be difficult as well.”
Short of incorporating teleportation and time travel into the zombie apocalypse, it doesn't look like we'll ever see a crossover between Fear The Walking Dead and it's sister show — unless of course Doctor Who is thrown into the mix (and that's perhaps a step too far, even for fans of both respective franchises).
Still, it could be fun to see the good doctor stab a walker between the eyes with his sonic screwdriver. We've seen stranger things.