A popular theory which spawned early in Fear the Walking Dead's third season claimed that Madison Clark might be related to a core character on the series' older sibling The Walking Dead. The claims are rooted in Madison's southern accent which reminded fans the character once called Alabama home -- a location close to The Walking Dead's Georgia starting point.
During a press conference at San Diego Comic Con, the cast of Fear the Walking Dead were asked which character from The Walking Dead they would like to see their characters partner up with for some apocalyptic adventures, following Robert Kirkman's comments regarding crossover possibilities on Thursday.
Madison actress Kim Dickens had one character in mind, crediting the popular familial tie theory for the team up.
"I think Madison is, probably, might be related to Daryl Dixon," Dickens said.
Given the close geographical proximity of the Dixon brothers and the Clark family prior to their move to Southern California, such a tie between the characters would not be unheard of. Madison was once married to a man who went on to commit suicide. Her maiden name has not been revealed on Fear the Walking Dead. Might it turn out to be Dixon, assuming she is so closely related to Daryl and Merle? Or might she be a cousin with a different name?
As for the rest of the cast members, each had their own team up in mind.
"She would go to Carol," Ofelia actress Mercedes Mason said. "Or if Walker wasn't around, she'd find the biggest strongest so it'd be Rick."
"For Walker it'd be Daryl," Walker actor Michael Greyeyes said firmly.
"I've always said probably Maggie," Alycia Debnam-Carey said.
Daniel Sharman thinks Troy Otto would get along with Merle Dixon. "If Troy looks like the voice of reason, you're in real trouble." Dayton Callie thinks he would team up with Negan, though.
Victor Strand actor Colman Domingo didn't have a character in mind for his team up but for his Season 3 counterpart Daniel Salazar, Domingo has great confidence for a fantasy crossover. "I think Daniel would take out Negan," Domingo said.
When the theory of Madison being a sibling, cousin, or other relative to Rick Grimes or another character from The Walking Dead gained traction, it reached Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson. Prior to Friday's press conference, Erickson had ruled out any plans to connect Madison to The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes in an interview with ComicBook.com.
"I've heard that theory, and I actually think I teased it in my first Talking Dead appearance, which was this notion that I found it interesting," Erickson said. "You can hear her accent. I mean, Kim [Dickens is] from Alabama. And you can hear her accent come through every so often. And the character, as we come to learn, is also from Alabama. So I can only speak for myself and say she's not related to Rick or anybody else on the other show. And the fact that she's from the south is really just a coincidence."
Looking at the two series, there are a number of reasons why the shows can't overlap, with the two biggest being conflicting timelines and geographical locations. However, during his panel a San Diego Comic Con, writer and creator of both series Robert Kirkman presented an example of how the two shows might finally connect to one another aside from existing in the same universe.
"If Oklahoma ever went up in a nuclear cloud, you'd see it on The Walking Dead and on Fear the Walking Dead, you'd see it...I don't know the exact timeline," Kirkman said. "Fear the Walking Dead takes place roughly around the time of Season 1 and beginning of Season 2 in The Walking Dead. Walking Dead Season 8 is taking place with the theoretical Fear the Walking Dead Season 7. We gotta get there." It's impossible, according to the fans, with Kirkman adding "for now."
"Right now the timelines are so different that it's impossible," Kirkman said.
Such an event would have to occur soon on The Walking Dead for carryover on Fear the Walking Dead. Heading into Season 8, if the nuclear explosion occurs on The Walking Dead, the characters currently residing at Broke Jaw Ranch on Fear the Walking Dead would have to survive for a few more years before seeing it or feeling its effects.
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