During Sunday night's two-hour Talking Dead special following The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere, the time frame for The Walking Dead and the Fear the Walking Dead crossover was revealed.
"I can't say much. All I will say is that it's definitely going to happen in 2018, so that's either the back half of season 8, Fear The Walking Dead season 4, or the front half of season 9. One of those options, but before the end of 2018, big crossover," said The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
"We will know more about it sooner than later, sooner than later," added The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple.
Prior to the announcement, speculation ran rampant among fans of the AMC shows. Many suspected Abraham Ford would join Fear the Walking Dead, based on the mentions of Houston in the show's Season 3 finale and a few cryptic tweets from the actor. Others thought certain characters from Fear would become members of the Whisperer group which Rick's Alexandria bunch will inevitably encounter further down the line.
"I love the fan theories. The Abraham one was certainly intriguing and definitely my favorite," executive producer Greg Nicotero said on After the Dead.
"I will tell you, I've read the first two [Fear the Walking Dead Season 4] outlines, and they're astonishingly good. It really got me very, very excited about the upcoming season," Nicotero said. "I think Andrew [Chambliss] and Ian [Goldberg] have done an amazing job. There's great, great stuff coming up on Fear the Walking Dead next year."
Though Dave Erickson exited Fear the Walking Dead as showrunner following its third season, he is looking forward to the upcoming crossover. "I think it's a good thing for the show," Erickson said. "I think it's something that's going to hopefully galvanize both our modest fanbase and then the much larger Walking Dead fanbase. We'll see what they do. It's interesting because we'd always assumed just because of geography, because of timeline... You can pull anything off but I'm curious to see how they do it."