The Walking Dead Season 7 has been loaded with Easter Eggs from the comics, references to prior seasons, and other nods that only hardcore fans have been picking up on.
While the show has taken a few liberties to add a touch of extra story throughout the season, the team at AMC has ripped pages out of the comic books and plastered them onto our TV screens at times. Furthermore, they have paid homage to several characters who have died in previous seasons with subtle references and even made cameos themselves.
On the following slides, we run through a few of the bigger Easter Eggs and references packed into The Walking Dead's seventh season. Be warned, that does mean spoilers for every episode which has aired to date.
Greg Nicotero Zombie
The Walking Dead executive producer and visual effects supervisor Greg Nicotero pulled off another hidden cameo on Sunday's new Sing Me A Song episode.
The make-up guru was not actually standing in trying to bite anybody this time around but, instead, his head was on a spike outside of Negan's Sanctuary hideout. Nicotero took to Instagram to share a photo of the prop head molded around his own which was set up to guard Negan's Saviors from potential unwelcome guests.
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This is hardly Nicotero's first cameo on The Walking Dead. The executive producer has been a part of several iconic scenes on the show, including Nicholas and Glenn's famous dumpster dive in Season 6. Furthermore, this is hardly the first time Nicotero's team has used a celebrity head on the series! Back when Rick's group was planning to raid Negan's satelite compound, Johnny Depp himself made in appearance in the form of a severed head when the group pondered which they would say belonged to Gregory.
Comic Cover Mourning
Maggie mourning Glenn's grave with a little girl as she did in the Go Getters episode was ripped straight from a cover of The Walking Dead comics.
Of course, we say "little girl" because it was a different character in the books. On the cover of issue #109, Maggie and Sophia huddle over Glenn's grave, saddened by their recent loss at the hands of Negan.
On television, the moment was realized between Maggie and Enid, seeing as Sophia has long been dead on the AMC series. Enid seems to be filling out Sophia's comic book story line quite nicely, seeing as she was all but adopted by Maggie Rhee by the end of Go Getters.
Keeping the Windows in Tact
Late in Season 6, Rick Grimes explained the broken window fallacy, which means keeping windows in tact is symbolic of keeping society and civilized culture in tact. As Negan comes marching into Alexandria, representing oppression and chaos for the citizens of the Safe-Zone, he shattered not only their windows but also their civilization.
It's a fun and impressive little nod to previous moments on the series.
We all saw what happened with that shell casing in the Season 7 midseason finale on Sunday night, as it caused even more chaos than anyone originally expected when Negan fired his random shot.
The Dixon Brothers
The Walking Dead Episode 7x03 took place entirely at Negan's Sanctuary. Daryl Dixon was stripped of his pride and clothing as the Saviors tried to break him down and make him into their own.
Of course, Daryl Dixon is a tough nut to crack. Dwight, Negan, Lucille, nor fFt Joey could get the little Dixon brother to call himself Negan and submit to what the villain calls a "super awesome" lifestyle. In one of Negan's attempts to break Daryl down in front of his men there was a hidden Easter Egg many viewers may have missed.
When Negan swung his beloved Lucille bat at Daryl, stopping just short of cracking his skull, Daryl did not flinch at all. The lack of fear from Daryl prompted Negan to say, "You don't scare easy."
Almost four years ago, Daryl's older brother Merle said the same thing to one of Negan's victims: Glenn. When Glenn was a captive of the Governor, Merle put the former pizza boy through an intense interrogation. After threatening him by referencing the "farmer's daughter," Maggie, Glenn's wife-to-be, Merle looked to Glenn and said, "You don't scare easy, do you?"
This isn't the first time the Dixon brothers have mirrored each other on the AMC series, either. First of all, neither of them exist in Robert Kirkman's comics but their dialogue has overlapped in the past.
Early in the show, Daryl refered to Glenn as a "China man," and Glenn corrected him, saying, "I'm Korean." Later in the series, Daryl's growth into Rick's family was on display when Merle refered to Glenn as Chinese and Daryl corrected him, informing him that Glenn is, in fact, Korean.
Shane Walsh Reference
Episode 7x04, Service, contained a similar mirroring. This time, Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes showed shades Shane Walsh (which is nothing new for the series).
"I'll break you jaw," Rick said. "Knock your teeth out."
It was enough to silence Spencer, that's for sure.
Years ago, Rick said something very similiar to Shane Walsh. His words must still be echoing in his own mind.
"I wanted to break your jaw," Rick said. "Let you choke on your teeth."
The quote comes from episode 2x10, titled, 18 Miles Out. It was a moment which saw Rick and Shane discuss Shane and Lori's relationship.
Obviously, the memories of Shane have been manifesting in Rick's head. Before the episode's end, he opened up to Michonne about his former police partner being Judith's real father after having slept with his wife for an uncertain amount of time. The memory must have been at the forefront of Rick's mind, however subconcious it may have been, as he used the mirrored line to threaten Spencer just moments before talking about Shane with Michonne.
Plus -- just like Shane, Spencer ended up dead, too.
Comic Book Moments
Several iconic moments from Robert Kirkman's original The Walking Dead comics were realized on television in Season 7. The show appears to be following the books more than ever before at certain times.
Here are a few of the most iconic moments realized in live-action throughout Season 7:
- Glenn's death by Negan and Lucille in 7x01 from issue #100
- Negan's dialogue in 7x01, 7x04, and 7x08 (issues #100, #105, #111)
- Ezekiel's dialogue when revealing his true self in 7x02
- Spencer's "guts" death in 7x08 is from issue #111
- Maggie's adoption of a little girl to her family (Sophia in the books, Enid in the TV series)
- Carl's eye reveal and singing "You Are My Sunshine" for Negan from issue #105
Still to come, Jesus will introduce Rick to Ezekiel which appears to be another moment ripped straight from the pages of Kirkman's work.
Abraham and Glenn Tribute
Not only does Maggie pay tribute to her fallen husband by mourning him at his grave each day, but she has taken on some new apparel which appears to be a tribute to both Glenn and Negan's other victim: Abraham.
The toughest chick at the Hilltop has suddenly decided she likes to wear fingerless gloves and a hat, trademarks of Glenn and Abraham's outfits. It is likely not a coincidence that the one person most effected by the two characters' deaths has suddenly picked up a wardrobe change with two of their iconic styles.