Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the ninth season of “The Walking Dead.”
As always, the shows had a bunch of references and nods to details from the comics and earlier episodes you may have missed. The new black and white opening credits have numerous Easter eggs alone.
INSIDER rounded up a lot of these tiny moments you may have overlooked, including why there are so many crows and a new fashion item Michonne carries around you definitely didn’t spot.
Keep reading to see what you may have missed.
The season nine premiere opened showing a new spike system that’s used to gain entry into Alexandria.
It reminded us of another setup the survivors used in the past to protect themselves from the undead.
It sure reminds us of the spike system Rick’s group implemented in front of the prison during seasons three and four to stop some of the undead.
Unlike the prison setup, these spikes can be moved back and forth.
Rick and Michonne take Judith out for a long walk around their new home.
You may not have thought of it instantly because Judith was speaking for the first time, but Rick was fulfilling one of his son’s dying wishes.
Rick is fulfilling one of his son’s dying wishes.
When Rick finally opened his letter from Carl on the season eight finale, Carl asked his father to take Judith on walks similar to the ones they did when he was growing up.
“You told me about the walks we’d take when I was three … you holding my hand around the neighbourhood all the way to Ross’ farm,” Carl wrote. “I didn’t know that I remembered them, but I do because I see the sun and the corn and that cow that walked up to the fence and looked me in the eye. And you told me about all that stuff but it isn’t just that stuff. It’s how I felt. Holding your hand, I felt happy and special and I felt safe…”
“Start everything over. Show everyone that they can be safe again without killing,” his letter ended. “They can feel safe again. That it can go back to being birthdays, and school, and jobs, and even Friday night pizza somehow, and walks with a dad and a three-year-old holding hands. Make that come back, dad. And go on those walks with Judith. She’ll remember them.”
It’s not the only nod to Carl. Michonne isn’t forgetting the boy she considered a son and one of her best friends in the apocalypse.
“Talking Dead” confirmed Michonne is wearing a small piece of plaid wrapped around one of her dreads. It’s a piece of one of Carl’s shirts.
You may have been wondering why there were so many crows in the new opening credits and throughout the episode.
This detailed was revealed on the series’ aftershow, “Talking Dead,” to be straight from the comics.
It’s noted in issue #127 that the bird populatioin is growing out of control. That’s something which may present another problem for the survivors in the future.
As the group is entering Washington, D.C., pay attention to the two final shots you see. Episode director tells INSIDER they were inspired by two different movies.
“It’s really showing that when we’re in Washington, DC, that the vines are overgrowing the city. That was clearly my tribute, and my homage, to Logan’s Run,” said Nicotero. “It’s a shot right out of ‘Logan’s Run.”
This second shot may have reminded you of the ending to the original 1968’s “Planet of the Apes.”
“The big high wide shot that we end the DC sequence with, where you see the Washington Monument in the foreground and the Capitol Building and the plaza there, the mall, that’s a shot that I really stole directly out of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ when you see Charlton Heston on the beach, and we see the Statue of Liberty in the foreground, out of focus,” explained Nicotero.
There are a lot of obvious nods and references in the show’s opening credits.
When AMC released the opening credits in the lead up to the season nine premiere, showrunner Angela Kang said there were plenty of Easter eggs for fans to find.
We won’t go through the more obvious ones like the Cherokee rose nod for Carol, the mystery helicopter in the background, and the tree at the start, which is a nod to the ending of season eight.
One of our favourites you may miss are two gravestones for Carl and Glenn that can be seen in between Michonne’s katana. Glenn’s has Hershel’s pocketwatch hanging from it while Carl’s gun hangs off of his tombstone.
There are also nods to events that haven’t occurred, yet.
The noose hanging from the barn appears to be a direct nod to Gregory’s hanging at the end of the season premiere.
Take a closer look at that sign on the left that Tara goes under.
Collier Ave. is most likely a nod to Charlie Collier, AMC president.
A windmill with the name “The Commonwealth” is seen on it.
That name may not mean anything to you yet, unless you’ve read the comics.
The Commonwealth is the name of a big community in Ohio in the comics.
They were only introduced recently in the comics, but are run by a leader named Pamela.
Some thought Georgie, a character introduced on season eight, may have teased a different version of this character.
Carol refers to Daryl as Pookie for the first time in a long time.
The two sit and have a discussion about Daryl at the Sanctuary and Carol’s relationship with King Ezekiel. Daryl says he approves.
Carol first referred to Daryl by that pet name at the start of season four.
It was one of the first times the group felt like they really had a community again and Daryl was tired of people looking up to him as someone important.
You can rewatch the moment at the end of this clip here.
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