The third scripted series in the Walking Dead franchise will be unleashed when The Walking Dead: World Beyond debuts in April on AMC. Trailers and teasers have already revealed a link to the other two TWD shows with footage of the three-ring helicopter group known as CRM, but could there be other crossovers in the works?


In part two of our sit-down with Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, we asked the co-creator (along with Matthew Negrete) of the new series if World Beyond’s timeline matches up with the mothership show, why it takes place in Nebraska, if each of the rings in the CRM will appear on each of the TWD shows, and what other crossovers may be in the works. (Also read part one of our chat about the upcoming Rick Grimes movie, and check back later this week for intel on TWD, Fear the Walking Dead and other new content in the works.)


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that we’ve talked about The Walking Dead movie, let’s move over to World Beyond. Does this show line up, time-wise, with where we are now on The Walking Dead?
SCOTT M. GIMPLE: Technically, it’s a little behind. But not much. Not enough for people to notice.


So it’s not completely simultaneous? It’s just a little bit back?
It’s very, very close to being simultaneous, but a little bit back, yes. Not in any way that anyone will possibly notice.


Is there going to be any other crossover element to World Beyond other than the CRM?
Yeah, absolutely. I mean, they do share a universe. Though it is really cool to see how this different corner of the universe operates and the lives that they have been living all this time, it will be these little places that cross. We’ve been talking about aspects of next season of World Beyond. There might even be a big aspect of crossover with one of the shows. That’s the other part of it is we have these plans, but we’ve got to execute them. That’s sort of next season. We’re still finishing up this season.


They do share a universe, so where there are opportunities, we want to take them. Even with that album cover [with Ryan Hurst’s Beta appearing on Fear the Walking Dead], it was so funny. I mean just by virtue of the fact that there was a scene with all these records in it, and we knew this shared aspect, we didn’t even want to make that big a deal of it. We just wanted it to exist in there so that people might, deep cut-wise, we were hoping one or two people might notice into the future. We didn’t want to make as big a deal about it. It’s just nice, even unto ourselves, between the shows to feel that it’s one world.


That said, unlike reality today, these worlds are so isolated from each other because of a lack of mass communications, mass transportation. In some ways, they are on little islands from each other, so when they can have those crosses, it’s kind of wonderful.


The new show takes place in Nebraska, is that right?
It does, though not exclusively there.


Why Nebraska?
That’s a great question. It was a different place that conceivably could have had their own things going on there. It wasn’t like West Virginia or Southern Georgia. We wanted to show a very different life. It’s not even like we’re honing up on aspects of Nebraskan life. It’s more just conceivably a different place where there would be no cross between them.


That leads in well to my next question. We’ve talked about the similarities between the shows and tie-ins and crossovers, but what makes this show different from the other two, besides just the location?
I mean there’s a lot of things that make it different. The first one is really the situation with which the characters have been living in, relatively, a first world situation. Relatively. Because it’s focusing on young people, even the “adults” in this are on the younger side, they’ve more or less grown up with this. There’s a certain everydayness of this to them, though they’ve been behind walls. It’s a very big deal for these characters to leave these walls. Even though they aren’t like, “Oh, what are these people?” They aren’t shocked upon seeing walkers, but it’s just they haven’t been interacting with them. They haven’t had to interact with them. It’s an incredible act of bravery for some of these people to potentially step out into the world.
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