'Fear The Walking Dead' Boss on Possible Comic Book Connection; Mercedes Mason on Ophelia-Nick Romance

The latest episode of AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" featured a scene that was very similar to one in the "Walking Dead" comic books written by "FTWD" executive producer Robert Kirkman.

In "Captive," Madison (Kim Dickens) orchestrated a prisoner exchange wherein she had to return Reed (Jesse McCartney) to his brother Connor (Mark Kelly) to get her boyfriend Travis (Cliff Curtis) and her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) back. But there was a hitch: Reed, who had been shot in the face by Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), had turned into a zombie.

Luckily, Daniel (Rubén Blades) had the idea of using zombie Reed as a bait, so they put a hood over his head and handed him over. When Connor removed his brother's hood, Reed bit his arm, and chaos immediately ensued.

The scene was reminiscent of one in the "Walking Dead" comics in which Negan returned Holly with a sack over her head. When it was removed, Holly, who was already a zombie, bit Denise, and all hell broke loose.

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to "Fear the Walking Dead" showrunner Dave Erickson about "Captive" and the hostage swap scene. According to the "FTWD" boss, the scene wasn't inspired by the one in the comic books.

"It's just a similarity because I missed that issue," he said. "None of my EP partners mentioned that, so it is a coincidence."

According to Erickson, with Kirkman having published so many issues of the "Walking Dead" comics, it's "inevitable" that there will be moments in the TV series that resemble those in the comic books.

"[I]t was not intentional, but if people want to take it as a homage, all the better," he added.

During the interview, Ericskson also teased the next episode of "Fear," saying, "The big question is going to be answered."

Meanwhile, "FTWD" star Mercedes Mason opened up to about the possibility of a romance blossoming between her character, Ophelia, and Nick (Frank Dillane).

"He brought her her rosaries and got antibiotics for her when he was out on a scout and finds clothes for her," the actress said. "He's really gone above and beyond to show that he's potentially interested so we'll see how that progresses."

"I think there might be something on the horizon there," she added.

"Fear the Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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