Bad/good news (depending on how you look at it) for The Walking Dead fans: Melissa McBride will not be joining the Fear the Walking Dead crossover as Carol Peletier.

As one of only three season 1 characters left on AMC’s zombie series who will remain a cast member if she survives the next run of episodes, McBride is one of the biggest Walking Dead names out there. From beaten housewife to one-woman killing machine, it is easy to argue that Carol has had one of the biggest arcs out there. Better her larger storyline, moments like “Look at the Flowers”, the character’s assault on Terminus, and her blossoming romance with King Ezekiel, some think Carol would set her sights on a new challenge and become a second crossover character for Fear.

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Lennie James’ Morgan was announced for season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead, but rumors appeared on The Spoiling Dead Fans Reddit which claimed Carol would be joining her partner in crime. However, ComicBook.com can confirm that McBride is staying put on the main show for now. Although she was indeed spotted on the Fear set in Texas, she was likely only visiting her former co-star as Lennie James settled into filming.

Carol Peletier Fear The Walking Dead Rumor Patrol: Carol is Not Joining Fear The Walking Dead Crossover

Morgan and Carol have shared their own strife across the past eight seasons, so it would certainly be interesting to see them take on a new challenge, but it looks like it isn’t meant to be. The second half of season 8 will see the ‘All Out War’ of Robert Kirkman’s comics come into play and a wrapping up of the ongoing battle with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan. Carol in the comics is long dead, so we can’t really chart where she will go next, but with her seeming to take over the Michonne arc from the page, romance is surely on the cards with Ezekiel.

If McBride was joining Fear, it would 100% confirm a major time jump for the sister show to catch up with The Walking Dead‘s current timeline. For now, we will have to wait a little longer to find out how Morgan fits in among Strand, Maddison, and the rest of the survivors. Season 4 of Fear will already see the return of one familiar face, but alas, it won’t be Carol’s. She has enough on her plate with Negan and the Saviors.

With the departure of Chandler Riggs coming in The Walking Dead midseason premiere on February 25, Morgan’s departure will be coming soon after. Whether he gets a happy ending or not remains to be seen, but there is still a chance that James could come back to play the stick-wielding warrior. Thankfully, for the time being, it looks like the original cast of McBride, Andrew Lincoln, and Norman Reedus will be lasting at least a little longer on The Walking Dead.

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Source: ComicBook.com

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