Fear the Walking Dead returns on April 15 when the season premiere will air back-to-back with sister show The Walking Dead's Season 8 finale. Fear's fourth season promises to be especially momentous for the spinoff given the fact it will feature the franchise's first real crossover when Lennie James' Morgan meets up with Team Madison.
AMC opened its Fear the Walking Dead panel at WonderCon 2018 with the first official trailer for Season 4. Aside from introducing new characters Althea (Maggie Grace), Naomi (Jenna Elfman) and John (Garret Dillahunt), viewers also got a generous peek at Morgan's presence on the show. He meets up with his new crew in Texas, and given what we've seen, it's safe to say Fear the Walking Dead will jump ahead in time for at least part of its storyline this season, much like fans have predicted.
The premise of Fear the Walking Dead is that it tells the story of what happened before, during and after a massive outbreak wipes out the majority of humanity. But the announcement at last year's New York Comic-Con that Morgan would be the first character to bridge the gap between the two shows left fans wondering how, exactly, he would meet up with a group of people halfway across the country if he'd supposedly been in and around Virginia for almost the entirety of The Walking Dead.
While some speculated his time with the Clark clan could've somehow happened before he encountered Rick the first or second time, the most plausible and, frankly, tantalizing explanation was the idea that Fear would execute a time jump between Seasons 3 and 4. Not only does that make the most sense logistically, it would also open the door for more crossovers if both series were to be operating on the same timeline.
Producers Ian Goldberg, Anthony Chambliss, Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero were characteristically vague when asked about such a possibility during the show's WonderCon presentation, saying only that audiences should expect them to play with time in some interesting ways. However, Morgan's appearance in the trailer (and the official word that Lennie James will not return to TWD any time soon) all but confirms that Fear will jump ahead in time -- at least for Morgan's portion of the story.
When we see Morgan in the trailer, he's carrying his stick, and he's suffered a few injuries. He also talks about his struggles to live within a community that he'll inevitably be forced to defend, at great cost to his mental stability. Given his recent storyline on TWD seeing him barely clinging to the peace he'd found just a few seasons before, it seems more than likely that Morgan will take his leave of Rick's group at the end of this season and meet up with the Fear camp during his travels.
Considering the producers insisted we could watch out for some interesting, timey-wimey elements to Fear's storytelling this season, there's a good chance we'll see Morgan's story play out in the present while also getting to see flashbacks of how Madison and her family end up in Austin, Texas after surviving the dam explosion at the end of Season 3.
However it plays out, one thing appears to be certain: for at least part of its third season, Fear's timeline will finally catch up with that of its sister show.
Fear the Walking Dead returns for Season 4 on April 15th immediately following The Walking Dead's Season 8 finale.