Easter Eggs, Denise’s Drink, And Balloons
Shows like The Walking Dead, which have an enormous universe and various adaptations, are known for featuring Easter Eggs for fans. An obvious example would be the intro, which now features an iron and baseball bat with the name, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Another example would be Denise’s drink, which Negan chugs while the Saviors are raiding Alexandria. This is the very drink that Denise spent so much time trying to get back in Season 6 of the series.
Then, there’s Enid’s green balloons, which signify her time on the road with Glenn.
Smokey, Nicotero’s Kids, And Tributes
For classic movie fans, there was a major tribute when Daryl Dixon went out with Richard to attack the Saviors. In the background, there was a truck with a western scene on it, which was actually from the Burt Reynolds film, Smokey and the Bandit.
Beyond this cinematic tribute, Greg Nicotero also featured his own tribute, when he had his children pose as Kingdommers. In the background, while King Ezekiel gave a speech, Nicotero’s two girls shot a bow and arrow.
Another obvious tribute was Maggie’s wardrobe change to honor Glenn and Abraham.
Creepshow, Sixteen Candles, And Negan’s Shot
In Season 7, Greg Nicotero also played tribute to George A. Romero again with some Creepshow walkers. There was a Creepshow walker in “Say Yes” and back in “The Cell,” another walker played homage to 1984’s Night of the Comet.
Beyond walkers, there was an episode with Rick and Michonne, which was meant to play tribute to Sixteen Candles. This was also the first time we really got to see this couple relax and enjoy spending time with one another.
Finally, there’s the “broken window theory” during Negan’s raid of Alexandria. Negan test fires a gun by shooting out a window in the community. This is a tribute to Rick’s speech with Jessie, but it also shows that Negan is destroying the neighborhood.
The “broken window theory” relates to criminological theory from 1982.
What’s your favorite Easter Egg from The Walking Dead this season?