After months of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Fear The Walking Dead season 4 will contain a major time jump.
Fear The Walking Dead has always lived in the shadow of The Walking Dead as we track the early days of the outbreak. The main show has had a headstart in literally every way, but all that is set to change in season 4 of Fear thanks to the arrival of Lennie James' Morgan Jones. Not only will James' fan-favorite get to swing his signature stick alongside Fear castmembers like Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and newcomer Maggie Grace, but he is also forcing the storyline into the future and away from the shocking cliffhanger of season 3.
The Walking Dead comics can be just as important as the Robert Kirkman's TV world, and Issue #176 dropped a huge spoiler about Fear The Walking Dead. Turning to the Letter Hacks page, one reader questioned the upcoming crossover and Morgan's arrival on the sister show. Kirkman responded with the answer we were hoping for, confirming that the two worlds will be closer than ever:
"This half of Season Eight leads directly into Fear the Walking Dead Season Four, which will shake that show in a majorly cool way. So make sure you hang around for that."
Most importantly though, Kirkman's words also confirm that Morgan has to survive the upcoming All Out War saga between Negan's Saviors and the rest of the communities. With James confirmed to join the cast of FTWD, there were big fears that Morgan might kick the bucket to make room for his transition to the prequel show. After the divisive demise of Chandler Riggs' Carl Grimes, we're not sure fans could take the death of another original character without sharpening their pitchforks towards AMC.
Some expected that Fear would simply fill in the blanks of Morgan's missing years between season 3 and 5, but this makes much more sense. However, what happens to the aftermath of the dam and all the dangling plot threads? Will we just skip the aftermath of the dam and the survivors' trip to Texas, or will new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg tell their story through flashback? We already know that Fear is promising a great story for Morgan, but it is great to see that he will get to say a proper goodbye to the cast of The Walking Dead instead of simply being used as a plot device to boost to another show. Now we just need to see what it is in the second half of The Walking Dead season 8 that sends him on a pilgrimage to Texas. Could there be another big death on the cards?
Conveniently, with the timelines now marrying up (albeit in different parts of the USA), the possibility of more crossovers has been blown right open. It was always expected that Morgan would be only the first of a crossover character between the two shows, but the opportunities just got a whole lot easier. Now that all our favorite characters are occupying the same airspace, how much longer until Strand crosses paths with Rick, Carol goes to visit her old pal Morgan, or Maddison fully adopts her ability to be the Whisperers' Alpha?
Source: The Walking Dead Issue #176