Robert Kirkman confirms a Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead crossover, but "how does that work?"

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The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead are finally getting the crossover that fans have speculated about ever since the latter series debuted in 2015. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman revealed the news at the franchise's New York Comic Con 2017 panel in Madison Square Garden, though he stopped short of saying how exactly the crossover will work.

The exchange began with host Chris Hardwick asking the burning question: will these two series ever cross over? "Never," Kirkman jokingly responded, then explained that he and the rest of the folks behind the shows have been very careful to make sure each show has its own identity despite taking place in the same world: "I think that we've finally gotten to a place with Fear The Walking Dead that it has its own identity, where we can play with some things." Then he finally answered the question.

"So what I'm going to say, and this is all I'm going to say, is that there are two Walking Dead shows," Kirkman began. "I'm not going to name them. But there are two. There is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name, and appear in the other show, which I will not name. Now what does that mean? Because these timelines, like, how does that work? Are we going to see an interesting backstory of a Walking Dead character, showing up in Fear The Walking Dead that sets up some crazy things? [...] Or are we going to see a Fear The Walking Dead character show up in Walking Dead and see a future version of a character? What could happen? Is it going to be something completely different than that? Who knows!"

Well, he knows, obviously. But Kirkman's keeping the details deep under wraps for now. Don't worry, it sounds like it won't just be one of the same Walkers from Fear The Walking Dead showing up in The Walking Dead (hey, you can cover a pretty good distance in a few years if you never stop shambling).

"This is a huge event in the world of Walking Dead, we're very excited about this, and there's going to be some more news on this front in the coming months. So please stay tuned to what they call the internet, or the papers, and you will find out more about this stuff. But it's going to be huge. We're all very excited."

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Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays in the US on AMC and Mondays in the UK on AMC on Bt TV. The Walking Dead returns October 22 on AMC in the US and the day after on FOX in the UK.