In the opening minutes from Sunday’s penultimate episode of Fear Season 5, “Channel 5,” Pioneer chief Virginia (Colby Minifie) data a propaganda tape impressed by the documentary produced by Morgan (Lennie James) and Althea (Maggie Grace), who belong to a convoy of almost 40 altruistic helpers touring throughout the west. As Virginia tells it, the Pioneers’ mission is the identical — simply on a grander scale and with out the no-kill clause.
“The future isn’t some far-flung flight of fancy. We are building it every day. Each one of us holds the key. That’s why we wear these,” Virginia says, pointing to a key pinned to her chest. “Now, this isn’t about how we can help you. This is about how we can all help each other. How we can fix the things that are broken.” Virginia delivers her seemingly well-meaning speech stood in entrance of a Texas map displaying six settlements, every marked with related keys.
The key imagery brings to thoughts the efforts of Georgie, a put-together girl encountered by Hilltop colony chief Maggie, Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) in TWD 812, “The Key.” There Georgie, touring with twins Hilda (Kim Ormiston) and Midge (Misty Ormiston) by van, advised the suspicious foursome she was buying and selling information. Georgie, too, extolled the goodness of individuals, saying their perception in each other could lead on to a sustainable future.
Later, Georgie provided the needy Hilltop with a sizable portion of her meals shops in alternate for musical data — no spoken phrase — and “good faith,” making it clear it was barter, not a reward, and she would return someday later anticipating “great things.”
Georgie additionally gave Maggie what she known as a “key to a future,” a information containing handwritten plans for windmills, watermills, silos, hand-drawn schematics and how-tos for refining grain, creating lumber and making aqueducts. The evolving doc is “a book of medieval human achievement so we may have a future from our past.” Georgie then left with orders for Maggie to construct up the Hilltop.
Some 18 months later, in Season 9, the Hilltop was flourishing. Some time after that, Maggie quietly left Hilltop with younger son Hershel and put in Jesus (Tom Payne) as chief. Because the previously allied Alexandria, Hilltop, Kingdom and Oceanside communities grew to become fractured following the obvious dying of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne would solely study of Maggie’s departure when adviser Siddiq (Avi Nash) broke his silence.
As Siddiq revealed in TWD 907, “Stradivarius,” Maggie relocated with Georgie “someplace far… helping her with a new community.” Maggie has since stored in contact with her mates, occasionally sending communication by way of letter: an offscreen Maggie was talked about in TWD 916 and will get one other point out in the Season 10 opener.
Virginia has already denied any connection to the shadowy CRM group who’ve a penchant for making survivors disappear — Rick Grimes included — however the Pioneers, like Georgie’s apparently sizable group, are a far-reaching, future-focused group.
“They said they were trying to build something bigger, something better,” new survivor Tom (Joe Massingill) says of the Pioneers in Fear 514. “They said that it wasn’t about today, it was about tomorrow. I just wasn’t part of it.” Tom reiterates the Pioneers care about just one factor: the future.
Like Georgie, Virginia is dedicated to founding a future constructed by individuals working collectively, having already established a number of settlements with well-off survivors. As she advised Morgan, the future is “a lot easier to get to when you’re not doing it on your own.”
If there’s a connection established between the Pioneers and Maggie, their first assembly is many months and even years away: Fear Season 5 is presently set roughly seven months earlier than Rick’s disappearance from Virginia, which was instantly adopted by a six-year time leap. It was in some unspecified time in the future throughout these largely unseen six years that Maggie departed Hilltop with Georgie.
In April, Cohan — who exited TWD in a full-time capability after 5 episodes in the entrance half of Season 9 — stated she was “definitely not done” with TWD Universe.
TWD showrunner Angela Kang in September stated the present continues to be “trying to work on” Cohan’s return, telling TVLine, “We’ve got ideas [for Maggie].”
After crossing over for the first time when TWD transplant Morgan joined Fear in Season 4, each reveals grew additional intertwined in the spinoff’s fifth season when the CRM group — the identical group who first appeared on TWD — crossed paths with the Fear survivors in Texas.
When requested if the two reveals will exhibit extra interplay following the additions of Morgan and then Dwight (Austin Amelio) to the spinoff, Fear showrunner Ian Goldberg in April stated he anticipated future intersection between the two reveals — however such choices can be made by TWD chief content material officer Scott Gimple, who served as TWD showrunner in Georgie’s premiere season.
“[Showrunner] Andrew [Chambliss] and I are actually simply centered on Fear. Scott Gimple is answerable for the better universe,” Goldberg stated. “I think we can say it’s a universe that’s constantly expanding and intersecting with each other, so anything’s possible. We’ve seen crossovers happen and they’ve been really exciting, so I’d say to expect more.”
Fear the Walking Dead subsequent airs its penultimate episode of Season 5 Sunday, Sep. 22 on AMC. The Walking Dead Season 10 premieres on the community Sunday, Oct. 6. For extra TWD intel, comply with the writer @CameronBonomolo on Twitter.