Scott Gimple, chief content officer of AMC’s The Walking Dead franchise, hints that Fear the Walking Dead season 5 will continue a plotline from the main series. The news marks the latest in a series of crossovers between the two TV shows after Lennie James and his character Morgan departed The Walking Dead to make their debut appearance on Fear the Walking Dead in season 4. More recently, it was confirmed that another character who originated on The Walking Dead – former Negan henchman turned anti-hero Dwight (Austin Amelio) – would also be crossing over into Fear the Walking Dead.
The crossovers come at a time when the wider Walking Dead universe is expanding at a rapid rate. After the departure of Rick Grimes – the man it all began with – from The Walking Dead season 9 it was confirmed that a trilogy of movies focusing on Grimes were in the works. Following that, the powers that be at AMC confirmed that yet another Walking Dead spinoff show was in active development. Just how the trilogy and new show will fit into and connect with The Walking Dead universe has been the subject of much discussion among fans of the franchise, and now it appears there will be another connection to discuss soon.
More links between the main Walking Dead series and its original spinoff will be revealed in season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead, which is set to premiere on June 2. Speaking to ComicBook.com (via CBR) at WonderCon 2019 last weekend, head honcho Scott Gimple suggested that a storyline originating on The Walking Dead would be continued on Fear the Walking Dead, stating:
"This season, I wouldn’t classify it as an enemy, but there will be this, beyond Austin [Amelio], this very interesting commonality, this story strand that’s gonna be furthered on this show that started on The Walking Dead," teased Gimple. "And who knows where it will go? But that’s the thing on tap right now.”
With all the loose ends left at the conclusion of The Walking Dead season 9, there are certainly lots of plot threads that Fear the Walking Dead could pick up on. There’s the mystery surrounding Rick Grimes’ kidnapping via helicopter and the fact that the Whisperers look like they’re planning an all-out war against Alexandria and the other communities. There’s also the issue of who on Earth was behind the unidentified voice trying to contact Alexandria via radio that was heard at the very end of season 9’s final episode.
Looking more closely at Gimple’s statement, however, it looks like the possibility of a villain from the main show turning up on Fear the Walking Dead is unlikely given that he implies the connected plotline doesn’t focus on an enemy. As The Walking Dead just had a big time jump, putting it now six years ahead of its spinoff, it’s unlikely that any loose plots from after the time jump could be continued on Fear the Walking Dead either.
Could the storyline that Gimple hints at be connected to the main man himself Rick Grimes and the mystery of his helicopter-flying kidnappers? Hopefully, fans will soon find out when season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead premieres in June.