Total Nerd Hidden Easter Eggs in The Walking Dead  

Conner Schwerdtfeger
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The Walking Dead has taken a gruesome horror monster and brought it to the mainstream. Despite all the blood, gore, and downright nasty business that constantly rears its head on AMC’s The Walking Dead, audiences continually tune in week after week to see what sort of new tragedy will befall Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, and the rest of the Alexandria community.

Beyond the show’s amazing production values and gripping storytelling, the producers also have a knack for sneaking in Easter eggs whenever possible. Whether it’s a reference to another zombie film, another AMC series, or even a reference to The Walking Dead itself, it often feel as though each episode of the landmark series features a hidden secret, symbol, or Easter egg that will drive zombie nerds wild. It’s this sort of attention to minutiae that constantly reminds us that the people who make The Walking Dead are are fans, first and foremost, just like the millions who tune in every week.

What’s your favorite Easter egg to every pop up on The Walking Dead? Check out this list and vote up your favorites!
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The Whisperers?

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When Rick and Morgan are first reunited during the "Clear" episode, Morgan (who finds himself on the brink of insanity) tells Rick that he sees people wearing dead men's faces. This seems is a reference to and a potential set up for The Whisperers, who are a group of men who quite literally wear the faces of dead men as a means of tricking walkers.
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Beth Finds Lucille

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After the fall of the prison during Season 4 of The Walking Dead, the group finds themselves scattered throughout the backwoods of Georgia. Alone and desperate, Beth Greene comes across a pile of corpses in a clearing and one of the bodies has a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire next to it.

There's no doubting it, this is a reference to the comic book villain Negan, who uses the exact same weapon and affectionately refers to it as "Lucille."

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The Governor as a Pirate

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Because you can't have an eye patch without some joke about pirates being made. During Season 4 when Tara and her family unknowingly take in The Governor, he wakes up on a pillow that has a parrot strategically placed on his shoulder. A sense of humor is clearly essential during the zombie apocalypse.
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Rick's Home County Is Inspired By Stephen King

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Prior to the entire world going to hell in a hand basket, Rick Grimes worked for the King's County Sheriff's Department in Georgia. This fictional county is named after legendary horror writer Stephen King, who happens to be good friends with original Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont.
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