We have been tracking the helicopters on The Walking Dead for several seasons now. Last season on The Walking Dead, one of those helicopters with the three-ring symbol picked up Rick Grimes in the episode that marked his exit from the series. Meanwhile, we learned more about that three-ring symbol in the season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, namely that it’s associated with an outfit called CRM.
This weekend at New York Comic Con, Scott Gimple - the architect of The Walking Dead universe - provided some valuable insight into that three-ringed symbol, showing essentially how it connects the entire universe. “We’ve seen that three-circle symbol… those three circles, and I’m saying it here, represent three different civilizations that are bound and entwined in some ways and in some ways very, very different.” Gimple also added that one of those civilizations is in the new spin-off focused on a younger generation of survivors.
We can deduce a lot from that statement, first and foremost that the “M” in CRM likely refers to “Monument,” which is the working title of the new The Walking Dead spin-off. As we see in the trailer, it initially takes places in a shielded community of around 10,000 people, which looks very much like a pre-apocalypse civilization. In fact, if you look closely in the new trailer for the spin-off, you can see the CRM symbol on the jackets of two characters.
In other words, Monument bears a striking resemblance to another larger civilization from the comic-books, The Commonweh, which is probably what the “C” in CRM stands for. The Commonweh hasn’t made an appearance on The Walking Dead yet, but the series will be seeding that community in the tenth season, potentially with a new character, Princess, who we learned this weekend will be played by Paola Lázaro. She will make her debut in the 10th season of The Walking Dead and in the comics, she’s someone that Michonne meets on the way to The Commonweh.
What the “R” in CRM stands for remains a mystery, but it’s likely one of two communities. A villainous character named Ginny is trying to establish what sounds like a similar community on Fear the Walking Dead, and we do know that people from CRM have already visited that area in Texas. However, the “R” could also represent the community that Maggie is purportedly building with Georgie on The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, it was announced today that Lauren Cohan would be returning to The Walking Dead in the 11th season, which is when we may learn about the “R” community. It could potentially be that Ginny’s community on Fear the Walking Dead - set several years behind The Walking Dead - could morph into the community that Georgie and Maggie are building.
In either respect, these three communities - The Commonweh, Monument, and the Other One - will likely be the focus of the eventual Rick Grimes’ movies, which could see another The Walking Dead character join in Michonne.
AMC has decided to follow HBO’s lead and provide some free streaming content for folks stuck at home AKA everyone. AMC Networks is now offering several programs to stream for free, including The Walking Dead, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Comedy Bang Bang, and more. So please, stay the hell home so we can flatten the curve and get beyond this current situation.
AMC Networks – which includes AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and Sundance Now – are giving everyone a good reason to stay home: free stuff. Free is always good, and it’s especially good now, since so many of us find ourselves facing financial hardship. So even if you’re not a subscriber to any of those channels, AMC has you covered. They’re making AMC has made the first half of The Walking Dead Season 10 available for free until May 1 per Deadline.
IFC has Baroness von Sketch Show, Birthday Boys, Spoils of Babylon, Spoils Before Dying, Bunk, Food Party, and select episodes from Comedy Bang Bang and Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Sundance Now shows that will be free until April 14 include Riviera, The Restaurant, Public Enemy, and The Bureau. And BBC America will feature the entire Planet Earth collection – Planet Earth I & II, Blue Planet I & II, Frozen Planet, and Seven Worlds, One Planet. That’s a lot of planets, folks.
Regarding the move to select free content, Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, said:
“We want to join with our talent and respond to this moment in the best way that entertainment companies can – which is, to entertain people. Our We’re With You campaign is intended to give information, to offer companionship in the kind of responsive way that linear tv is uniquely able to, and we want to offer audiences the chance to have a laugh, maybe especially important at times of crisis. We also wanted to make our great content available to more viewers at a time when we are all looking for fantastic things to watch.”
AMC is also going to run new commercials that feature various AMC stars – including The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Better Call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn and Giancarlo Esposito – in homemade videos. So, again: just stay home. Heck, stay home even if you don’t want to watch stuff on AMC. It’s the right thing to do.