Ready to explore some Walking Dead easter eggs? The world of the zombie apocalypse might seem bleak and cold from time to time. Therefore, we all need to savor some easter eggs from time to time. Most of them are tributes and trivia. Super-fans of The Walking Dead can find a treasure trove of Easter Eggs throughout the series. These include sneaky references, secret shout-outs, and cleverly hidden connections to other shows like Breaking Bad. If you have a keen eye, you might have spotted some of these best Easter Eggs!
In Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Tara saves The Governor without realizing the chaos she has unleashed. To lighten the mood, there’s a humorous Easter Egg: David Morrissey, who plays The Governor, is shown lying on the ground with his eyepatch, and there’s a parrot pillow strategically placed behind him. This makes the villain resemble a pirate, adding a touch of fun to the scene.
In The Walking Dead, the opening titles of each season gradually change to reflect the decaying and discolored world of the show, just like the zombies. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd confirmed that this creative choice symbolizes the decaying world and the deteriorating appearance of the walkers. It’s a reflection of the show’s evolving setting.
The Rockstar Cameo
In season 5 of The Walking Dead, Scott Ian, a member of a heavy metal band, had a special appearance as a walker that Carl killed outside Alexandria. It turns out he’s a big fan of the show and had also played a zombie four years prior to that. Also, that is what we call a cameo. Bringing star power to the glamor of an already famous show.
Nod to the Game
In season 4 of The Walking Dead, Michonne thinks about going to Macon. This is where Lee Everett, the main character from Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead: Season 1, comes from. It’s probably a good thing that none of the Survivors actually went there! Also, the game is one of the grittiest in the world. It is gory and quite disturbing.
Dawn of the Dead
They made sure we noticed it! There are references to George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead in The Walking Dead. They even included cameos from the movie! Remember Bub, the zombie who regains his humanity? Well, he traps Tara and Glenn in a tunnel in season 4. And Flyboy also makes a comeback, looking almost identical to his original appearance. Also, the original movie was a blast in case you did not check it out. Go ahead and do it as soon as you can.
King County Tribute
Remember Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead? Before the apocalypse, he worked for the “King’s County Sheriff’s Department.” The name “King” was chosen on purpose as a tribute to the famous horror author, Stephen King. It turns out that the show’s front-runner, Frank Darabont, is good friends with Stephen King.
In Season 1 of The Walking Dead, Carl Grimes wears a t-shirt with a paw print on it. This is a special reference to Science Dog, a character created by TWD comic-book writer Robert Kirkman for his Invincible comic series. It’s clear that Carl is a fan of Science Dog! Also, this is quite the tribute to the quirky and wonderful character.
In Season 2 of The Walking Dead, when T-Dog was infected, Daryl came to help with a bag full of drugs. If you paid attention, you would have noticed that the bag had the same design as the blue meth from the popular show Breaking Bad. Since both shows are on AMC, it’s a fun surprise for fans!
In Season 6 of The Walking Dead, Daryl walks past a group of dead zombies. One of the zombies has a Cherokee rose growing out of its back. This is the same type of flower that Daryl gave to Carol in Season 2 to bring her comfort when her daughter Sophia went missing. It’s a sweet reference! Also, nobody could ever forget the haunting way in which the little girl died.
Johnny was Here
Look at the three heads. The head on the far right is a copy of Johnny Depp’s head! It’s surprising because Depp may not have allowed it. Greg Nicotero, the executive producer, said in an interview, “One of the other heads, I don’t know if I’ll get in trouble if I say this, was Johnny Depp.” It’s an interesting, but strange, decision.
The British Voice
In a very sad moment in TWD, Tyrese Williams is bleeding in the back of a car in season 5. As this happens, we hear an English person’s voice on the radio reporting about the zombie apocalypse. Surprisingly, that voice belongs to Andrew Lincoln. If you didn’t know, Rick Grimes is actually British in real life. It’s interesting how we didn’t recognize his distinctive voice!
Vase of Flowers
In the 100th episode of The Walking Dead, the show-runners included some teasers and callbacks to earlier seasons. A flash-forward shows us an older Rick Grimes waking up in a bed with a vase of flowers next to him, reminiscent of a memorable moment from the first episode. In that scene, Rick wakes up in a hospital during the early days of the apocalypse and sees a vase of dead flowers. It’s a nice mirror image that fans would appreciate.
The 100th Episode
In the 100th episode, Father Gabriel and Negan find themselves trapped in a container surrounded by walkers, just like Rick was in the first episode when he was stuck in a tank with lots of walkers. The aerial view of both scenes brings back memories of that intense situation. Also, this all simply brings back all the good old times when Rick was just starting out in the world of zombies. Nostalgia is a powerful drug indeed.
The First Walker
Did you notice the same actress who played the ‘little girl’ walker in the season 1 premiere? Now she’s 17 years old and appears as an older-looking walker at the abandoned gas station in the season 8 premiere. It seems like nobody has taken care of her yet. But here’s an interesting fact: walkers age too!
Negan Came here First
In season 4, Beth discovers a group of destroyed walkers in a clearing. Among the bodies, there’s a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, hinting at Negan and Lucille’s future arrival. It’s an exciting Easter Egg that foreshadows the terror that awaits.
In The Walking Dead, Daryl often carries packs of ‘Morley’ cigarettes, which happen to be the same brand favored by The Cigarette-Smoking Man in The X-Files. It’s a neat connection between the two shows.
Save the Turtles
In season 6, Eastman is seen wearing a Save the Terrapins t-shirt. This is a deliberate reference to Kevin Eastman, the creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s an interesting connection, especially considering that Enid eats a turtle in the same episode. Also, the activism is pretty well-placed. We are pretty spiffed that the show took up the cause.
Some fans think they hear the X-Box ‘Achievement Unlocked’ sound when Rick kills his first zombie. Only keen gamers would have noticed this hidden detail! Now that is a really cool achievement. You need the ears of a dog to hear this one.
To spot this hidden Easter Egg, you need sharp eyes! Clocks in the show are set to match the season and episode being filmed. The special effects and makeup artist revealed that they adjust the time on the watches and clocks for each episode they shoot. Also, it is a cool tribute.