Is Fear the Walking Dead’s Troy Otto actually The Walking Dead’s Governor in a much earlier timeline or perhaps even his son?
The entire Walking Dead universe went absolutely bonkers when creator Robert Kirkman broke the news that Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead’s worlds would soon crossover… Perhaps, characters would meet in an earlier or later timeline according to Kirkman. Leading to the question, are we already seeing a Walking Dead character on Fear the Walking Dead and not even fully conscious of it?
The bandage over Troy’s eye certainly seemed eerily familiar at the beginning of Fear the Walking Dead’s third season. Foreshadowing, perhaps? The Governor was also not keen on sharing his real first name with strangers. Going by Philip and later Brian only to those he was close to. First thought, we are witnessing The Governor when he was young. It would be a fascinating twist to realize we are witnessing a fully-fledged backstory without realizing it.
Yet, that might not necessarily work timeline wise based on an earlier Kirkman quote. At San Diego’s Comic Con in July, Kirkman said, “Fear the Walking Dead takes place roughly around the time of season 1 and beginning of season 2 in The Walking Dead.”
Meaning, if that timeline is to be kept strict rather than just the prevailing off-the-cuff thought at the time… It might not be possible. But wait! Perhaps, Troy is The Governor’s son? Jake is Troy’s half-brother, he never got along with his mother, and he wasn’t that close with his father. Maybe just maybe, The Governor had more than just one daughter? Was Troy adopted by Jeremiah Otto? Is he Penny’s brother?
Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead’s worlds set to collide
Now, the easy obvious guess is it’ll simply be Alicia or Maggie making it to the other’s show. Perhaps, even Luciana as she hasn’t been seen on Fear the Walking Dead in quite a while.
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Alycia Debnam Carey did mention she’d love to team up with Maggie in a recent interview at Build NYC. Was that really just a preference or a hint with what we now know after Kirkman’s announcement?
Kirkman’s never been the type to go with the obvious though. Which is why we had 2 character ends at last season’s Walking Dead premiere instead of the one inevitable promised one.
Troy being related to a preexisting character like The Governor would be least obvious. Subtle, like you would somehow know all along upon its revelation but definitely not easy to recognize.
At the same time if Fear the Walking Dead’s timeline is not strictly confined to Kirkman’s San Diego commentary, the possibilities are truly endless. Troy could easily be The Governor in his youth if a single not theoretically set-in-stone restriction is lifted…