In last year’s season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, Rick Grimes briefly appeared in a conversation with Morgan at the Jadis’ junkyard before Morgan skipped town and walked halfway across the country to join Fear. This season, there’s a chance that Rick Grimes — or at least the broader story that encompasses what will become the Rick Grimes’ movies — may intersect with Fear again, this time in Texas.
Recall that, in the opening half of the ninth season of The Walking Dead, an injured Rick Grimes was picked up along with Jadis by a mysterious helicopter as part of a group with an apparent history of abducting humans. On The Talking Dead this week, after AMC aired The Walking Dead season finale, the architect of The Walking Dead universe, Scott Gimple, teased “another peek into the greater universe of The Walking Dead in the first half of this season of Fear,” adding that some of the characters will find themselves at the center of “some of the things that have been going on on this show and on The Walking Dead.” He had more to say:
“There’s gonna be some pre-announcements made, we’re gonna have some announcements after that,” Scott Gimple said. “But what I will say is Fear the Walking Dead is coming up in June, and there is a story in the first half of the season that has to do with one of these greater stories of the universe that will bring in some of the things that all of you guys have seen before, and it will expand it out just a little bit more, and then we’ll have an announcement.”
An educated guess suggests that the announcement will pertain to the forthcoming Rick Grimes’ movies, and that the “great story of the universe” will connect both Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead through that mysterious helicopter. It is unknown, however, whether that helicopter may also be responsible for the arrival of Dwight into the Fear the Walking Dead universe, or if Morgan and Co. merely stumble upon Dwight as he continues his search for his wife, Sherry, who fled the Alexandria area in an effort to get away from Negan on The Walking Dead.
With Daniel returning, Dwight crossing over, and potentially a link to the Rick Grimes’ story, there’s clearly a lot going on in season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead, which will also be hoping for some consistency after years of upheaval both behind the scenes and in the show’s storylines.
The series is set to return on June 2nd on AMC.