Spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 4 follow.
The Walking Dead's seventh season has been loaded with Easter Eggs referencing prior seasons. Last week, Daryl's torment at the hands of Negan, Dwight, and the Saviors mirrored an event which happened with Glenn earlier in the series.
When Daryl refused to flinch and show fear of Negan, the villain looked at him and said, "You don't scare easy." It was episode 7x03. In episode 3x07, Daryl's brother Merle held now-dead Glenn captive at the Governor's Woodbury. In those moments, he said the same words to the former pizza boy. The mirroring was more than a coincidence as it involved reflective episode titles and the opposite Dixon brothers.
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).
After Spencer namedropped Abraham and Glenn, saying it was all but Rick's fault the two men were killed by Negan, Rick shut down Spencer's defiance with one firm promise.
"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.
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