Alicia’s voice being heard on Jadis’ radio after Rick blew up the bridge may sound like a stretch, but recent developments in Fear the Walking Dead make it a possibility.
It has been seven months since Rick Grimes’ final episode of The Walking Dead aired. That emotional episode received massive amounts of attention as the series protagonist was whisked away in a helicopter to star in a trilogy of television films to conclude his story once and for all. Now, the episode is at the center of social media theories as a particular scene stands out following a major development in the season 5 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead.
The scene immediately following Rick blowing up the bridge in season 9’s “What Comes After” finds Jadis/Anne miles away next to the river. She sees the plume of black smoke rising into the sky and hears several panicked voices over her radio before ultimately spotting dozens of walker bodies in the water and Rick laying unconscious on the riverbed. The helicopter approaches and hovers, prompting Jadis/Anne to radio to the mysterious group and strike up a deal to save Rick’s life. She tells them that Rick is a “B” and they ultimately agree to help him, taking Rick and Jadis/Anne off to a still unknown location.
In a tweet posted by Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com, a brief clip of Jadis/Anne hearing the voices on the radio after the explosion is highlighted. Davis theorizes that these voices belong to Morgan, Dwight, and Alicia. After this tweet was posted, Twitter exploded with excitement and speculation as fans listened closely to the voices to try and determine if they do indeed sound like the characters of Fear. According to many, it sounds like Morgan asks “is that the bridge?” which is followed by Dwight answering with “he blew it to stop the herd.” A final voice, theorized to be Alicia, commands “move north. Break up the rest. Fire some guns!” Upon listening to the clip several times, these voices do stand out and sound familiar. The last voice in particular sounds precisely like the last surviving Clark.
What does this all mean? What would Alicia and the characters of Fear be doing in Virginia at the exact moment Rick blows up the bridge? We do know that much of season 4b involved Morgan trying to return to Alexandria, even inviting his new friends to come along. While he ultimately decided to stay in Texas, he did give John Dorie a map directly to his community in Virginia in the season 4 finale. The exact timeline between the two shows is a little confusing. Currently, season 5 of Fear is set at some point between the end of All Out War and the six-year time jump that occurred on the main series. An exact period of time is not stated, but it could be reasoned that the current events of Fear are taking place a few weeks before the bridge is exploded.
This theory has more weight added to it when you consider what happens in the season 5 premiere of Fear. Althea discovers a strange walker wearing a black uniform and in possession of a booklet marked with a tri-circle symbol. This same symbol is seen very clearly on the helicopter that Rick and Jadis/Anne flew away on. While this season is only just getting started and more information about this bizarre group is surely going to be unveiled, their introduction into Fear has to be for a reason. Could it be that Alicia’s group will join the helicopter organization or possibly even be kidnapped by them? Is it possible that they travel to Virginia to warn Rick and the communities about the group, but are too late and arrive just to see Rick presumably being killed in the bridge explosion?
This theory has a ton of different factors and with so many unanswered questions about the helicopter crew and the upcoming Rick films, this may be nothing more than wishful thinking. Still, it is hard to listen to that clip and not hear the voice of Alicia. Sure, it is possible that the voices belong to members of the communities panicking over the explosion, but this could also be an epic way in which the two series are crossing over and possibly merging.
Will season 5 of FearTWD end with the characters arriving in Virginia? Or could they themselves now be part of this helicopter group? We don’t know much at this point, but the remainder of this season may just provide more clues to the massive puzzle that is The Walking Dead Universe. Even if this theory holds no weight, it is still a fun talking point for fans of both shows.
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