While Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead are far from a crossover event ever happening, the two are still tethered to the same universe. While The Walking Dead has aired six seasons and years have gone by since the world ended, its companion series Fear the Walking Dead is still existing in the early stages of the world's collapse.
The exact time frame of Fear the Walking Dead in relation to The Walking Dead has, however, been revealed by Fear's showrunner Dave Erickson.
"If you marked off the days [that have passed on air since Fear the Walking Dead debuted], I think right now, by the end of the first half [of Season 2], we're getting very close to Rick waking up in Georgia," Erickson tells TVLine. "[Fear The Walking Dead survivors have] arrived at a place where they're up to speed on how one deals with the apocalypse and the dead."
Erickson also acknowledged some of the fan frustrations with Fear the Walking Dead, which he links to the show's current time frame.
By the end of the first [zombie movie] reel, everybody knows the score and is able to kill [the undead] without any thought. They become very practiced at it very quickly. And that was something we wanted to avoid. We wanted to [instead] try to balance expectations of how people should behave once they know there are zombies with this sort of attempted slow burn into the apocalypse from a character standpoint.
That creates frustrations, to a certain degree, because in some instances, you want [the characters] to get it already. And in some circumstances, the things that they do that don't seem particularly zombie-savvy are, for me, moments where they aren't zombie-savvy.
Fear the Walking Dead is currently on its midseason hiatus, returning with eight more episodes in its second season on August 21 at 9 PM ET on AMC, leading to the return of The Walking Dead and its seventh season in October.