Welcome back to our weekly look at all of the CRM connections and conspiracy theories we've pulled out from episodes of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Before we go any further and even though we know it should be pretty obvious, we're throwing on the "MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!" to let you know we'll be getting into serious spoiler territory after the image jump so please proceed with caution. With Fear TWD, viewers were shoved into the deep end of the pool when it comes to long-term possibilities and who this "other threat" might be (boy, that talk about the "future" sounds familiar)' while TWD: World Beyond found ways to fuel our paranoia over a certain character even more.
Fear the Walking Dead season 6, episode 5 "Bury Her Next to Jasper's Leg": To say this episode didn't start off slow when it comes to conspiracy theories and possible CRM connections would be a massive understatement. Within the opening minutes, we have Ginny (Colby Minifie) and her boys running down Paige (Ellen Locy) in the woods because… wait for it… she's been tagging trees with the phrase, "The End is the Beginning." Well, we learn that Ginny's been aware of the message floating around and is looking for answers. Where CRM potentially enters the frame is during an exchange between the two, where Paige tells them, "This is not about you… it's not about any of you." When asked what it was about by Ginny, Paige responds, "About what you're building. It's about the future"- before putting a bullet through her own head to keep from being questioned.
Now if that doesn't vibe with what Isabel (Sydney Lemmon) said to Al (Maggie Grace) back during their initial episode meet-up, then a CRM lawyer needs to sue someone for trademark and copyright infringement. The paranoia builds when the Tank Town project that Luciana (Danay Garcia) is spearheading to drill a new well begins to literally go up in flames. Turns out the "accident" wasn't an accident, not when Ginny and June find "The End is the Beginning" on one of the tanks. Something else to add to your It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Charlie conspiracy board was the walker who was jacked up to be even deadlier ("shrapnel fingers"?). And while I'm feeling for Wes (Colby Hollman) this episode, spray paint cans aren't exactly the best "accessory" to have floating around. The part I'm looking forward to now? When Ginny and June break bread over what intel Ginny has on the spray paint crew ("We should talk. We'll talk.")- after Ginny gets used to getting dressed with one hand, that is.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 1, episode 7 "Truth or Dare": Okay, now we know you might be thinking that Huck's (Annet Mahendru) backstory: that the tale blows a hole in our theory that she might be working for CRM. Yes, it would seem that taking out your fellow Marines to keep them from slaughtering a ton of innocent people would mean she'd have serious issues with what Elizabeth (Julia Ormond) pulled on the Campus Community. But what if we flip that? Elizabeth says that CRM did what they did because the Campus Community was not only endangering lives but also a threat to their growing new society. From Elizabeth's perspective, she made a hard call that saved many more than it killed- couldn't she make that argument to Huck? We're talking Elizabeth, a representative of the group that saved Huck and literally gave her her name. I'm not sold that Huck would have nearly as much of an issue as many might she would- though it was interesting getting a look at that early chunk of the TWD universe timeline. Side note? Sure does seem like someone didn't want Tony (Scott Adsit) to help break those CRM codes- and we're not buying it was Silas (Hal Cumpston).
Two other interesting notes: Walter (Paul Teal), the dude who holds Hope (Alexa Mansour) hostage, has definitely not had a good experience with CRM but the part about Walter and the rest of his folks taking the place back from CRM might be something of note. Also, one of the flashback scenes to Huck's unit showed two soldiers discussing-slash-gossiping about what was going out (remember, it's the early stages) when one of them says, "I heard it came back on a rocket, that it started in space. Somebody breathed it in, it turned their stomachs, and then they got on a plane…". Now, we're going with this being a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" to The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and how he originally sold TWD comic book series as eventually showing that the walker virus resulted from space to get the ball rolling. Spoiler? That never happened. So with that said, it's a fun nod to the origins of TWD universe as the series celebrates ten years. But then again? It kinda does make us want to start combing through space references across all three series now. Hmmm…
Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan's (Lennie James) last message at the end of season five implored the group to "Live" and this season we'll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia's communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia's walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world.
AMC's Fear the Walking Dead stars Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Maggie Grace as Althea "Al" Szewczyk-Przygocki, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Danay García as Luciana Galvez, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie, Jenna Elfman as June, Rubén Blades as Daniel Salazar, Karen David as Grace, Austin Amelio as Dwight, Mo Collins as Sarah Rabinowitz, Colby Hollman as Wes, and Zoe Colletti as Dakota. Colby Minifie (Virginia) and Christine Evangelista (Sherry) also star.
"The Walking Dead: World Beyond" delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves, and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.
Created by Scott M. Gimple and Matt Negrete, The Walking Dead: World Beyond stars Alexa Mansour as Hope, Nicolas Cantu as Elton, Hal Cumpston as Silas, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Annet Mahendru as Huck, Nico Tortorella as Felix, and Julia Ormond as Elizabeth. Recurring this season is Joe Holt as Leo, Natalie Gold as Lyla, Al Calderon as Barca, Scott Adsit as Tony, and Ted Sutherland as Percy.