Did You Catch This Heartbreaking Tribute At The End Of The TWD Season Premiere?!

Did You Catch This Heartbreaking Tribute At The End Of The TWD Season Premiere?!

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-11-11    2 min read

In TWD Season Premiere, we got to see a little of everything. Not only did we see Old Man Rick, the first attack, and Negan get beat, but there was a special tribute at the end. As the credits started to role, a special dedication came across the screen.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“In Memory of John Bernecker,” arrived first, followed by “In Memory of George Romero.” For those unfamiliar, this 100th episode was dedicated to the fallen stuntman who died on set and the father of the zombie genre.

And, the honor was very important to the cast and crew.

TWD Season Premiere Honors John Bernecker

Bernecker Family | Photo Credit Just Jared

When John Bernecker died on set, the cast and crew were shocked. According to reports, the stuntman missed a safety mat by inches. His mother spoke at special events, but nothing can take back the loss of a son.

Then, George Romero passed away soon after. The writer-director was a major influence on Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead. All zombie and horror fans will mourn the loss of this icon from the film industry.

George Romero was responsible for many of the first well-known zombie films.

TWD Season Premiere Honors George Romero

George Romero | Photo Credit Everitt

George A. Romero has credits for Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, The Crazies, Day of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and a handful of other classic horror films.

Both Robert Kirkman and Greg Nicotero love the work of this horror master. Greg Nicotero often plays homage to the classic films on The Walking Dead and the two have even worked together in the past.

Therefore, Robert Kirkman chose to do a recent comic set in Pittsburgh since that was where George Romero was originally from. As soon as the comic came out, it became extremely valuable, because there was also a letter to Romero in the comic from Robert Kirkman himself.

In Season 8, we’ll likely continue to see references to these classic films. Many of Nicotero’s walkers were influenced from the master.

So, what did you think of this touching dedication on The Walking Dead?

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Brock Swinson


Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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