In what would seem like a wise attempt to get ahead of speculation and spoilers, AMC took to their Twitter account early Friday morning to announce that the character who is set to either crossover or "bridge" The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead will be revealed on November 26th at 10 p.m. ET during Talking Dead.
Originally announced during TWD's New York Comic Con panel, series creator Robert Kirkman admitted that the announcement was a dramatic change from his previous thoughts on a crossover. Kirkman sees this connection between the two series as being organic and not forced, which is why he was fine with changing his mind and moving forward. Kirkman promises that the crossover event will take place in either Fear the Walking Dead's fourth season or The Walking Dead's ninth season.
Here's AMC's official announcement from earlier today:
Timing seems to lean towards the crossover taking place during FTWD's fourth season, as TWD just completed filming Season 8. With cast and crew of FTWD heading to Austin, Texas, to prepare for filming, social media rumors were buzzing over the idea of Michael Cudlitz reprising his Texas-based Abraham on Fear the Walking Dead. Though Cudlitz in on record being in favor of the idea, TWD creative have dismissed the idea.
One thing we can be sure of? Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick is probably going to hold off on that announcement until around 10:57 p.m. ET, probably when the end credits start to roll…
Here is AMC's official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 8:
"Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group.
Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
This year, Rick brings 'All Out War' to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end."
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes), Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler), Khary Payton (King Ezekiel), and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes); with Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.