Now that Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead has finished, fans have been busy sorting out the clues to Season 6 from the Easter Eggs. Here’s your guide to what is spoiler and what is just a delicious Walking Dead Easter Egg:
- Wolves. This looks to be a direct reference to Season 6. According to fans of the Walking Dead comics, the Wolves are a nomad group of people who are just as deadly as the other bad groups Rick’s gang have come across. Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl Dixon), described the Wolves as such to Hollywood Reporter
“These guys are roamers and they seem like a whole bunch of Daryl’s gone south who have gone really bad and turned into wolves. They’re probably on the move; I don’t think they’re afraid to butcher people in front of people. They seem different than Terminus; Terminus was more cowardly. They would trick you into coming to Disneyland and then eat you.”
The wolves theme pops up time and again during Season 5 of The Walking Dead, even in the last couple of episodes we see Daryl and Aaron trailing a man wearing a red poncho who looks suspiciously like little red riding hood. Michonne also stands in front of some graffiti that read ‘wolves not far’ and at the very end of the final episode we see a car spray painted with another message pertaining to the ‘wolves’. Not to mention the fact many walkers were found with the letter ‘W’ carved into their forehead this season.
- Walker Andrea – the Easter Egg that wasn’t an Easter Egg in Episode 1, Season 5 of The Walking Dead. Many fans picked up the image of the walker below and called it Andrea thanks to the the clothes the walker was wearing, the gunshot wound and the fact the walker was still cuffed. While this seems to be a very cleaver Easter Egg, both Laurie Holden (the actor who played Andrea) and director, Greg Nicotero have since denied this claim.
- The radio presenter in Episode 9 of this season of The Walking Dead was actually Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick Grimes). The actor actually got a chance to speak using his native English accent.
- Comics, comics everywhere! First Carl is holding up a comic with the words ‘wolf fight!’ written on it, this definitely looks like a Walking Dead Season 6 spoiler. Later on we see Enid holding a comic. This one is actually one of Robert Kirkman’s comics, so can be considered a Walking Dead Easter egg.
- Mostly The Walking Dead includes short titles that either succinctly explain the episode or baffles viewers. In Season 5, some viewers have managed to find a hidden meaning behind some of the titles. Below is something Dale said way back in Season 1 of The Walking Dead, MoviePilot highlighted the words used as episode titles in Season 5:
“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire, which will fit your individual needs no better than it did mine or my father’s before me, I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you may forget it for a moment now and then and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it.”
- Time. This is probably considered a theme rather than an actual spoiler or Easter Egg. Over the course of The Walking Dead, watches and the constant threat of time running out has run constantly through the show. But, if you consider the previous point, sometimes this theme expands out into Easter Egg territory.
- Morgan appears before he appears. In Episode 13 we saw Rick Grimes walk in front of a street sign in Alexandria. That street name?
Of course, Morgan doesn’t appear in person until the Season 5 finale.
- Rick’s new uniform is a Walking Dead Easter Egg. While we may not see Rick in uniform in Season 6, thanks to him flipping out in the last two episodes of Season 5, fans of AMC’s Talking Dead would have noticed the reference costume designer, Eulyn Womble, made about the badge on his uniform. It reads (in Latin) ‘We will rise again.’ This is exactly what The Governor said to Michonne and Andrea back in Season 3. Make of it what you will.
- Carol and her new outfit. It seemed every time you looked at Carol in Alexandria she was either wearing something floral or standing next to flowers. This, of course, was in reference to her famous ‘look at the flowers’ quote.
- George Romero gets honored. In Episode 1 of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, according to What Culture, AMC give a nod to the creator of modern zombie culture with a crate:
This crate is the same as the one seen in Romero’s Creepshow.
- Sometimes walkers aren’t just walkers, they are Scott Ian from the band Anthrax! Eagle-eyed Walking Dead fans would have noticed Scott meet his demise at the hands of Carl.
- Bible references are everywhere in this season of The Walking Dead — and who knew the bible contained so many zombie references. Once again What Culture has done the hard work and tracked down the bible verses seen in Father Gabriel’s church:
Romans 6:4 — We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father.
Ezekiel 37:7 — So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Matthew 27:52 — And the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
Revelation 9:6 — During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
Luke 24:5 — In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
But did you also notice the words above the verse listings?
But the one thing that is boggling Walking Dead fans the most seems to be the image below:
What do you think the image means? Or is it just a strange wall decoration and nothing more? Have you seen any Easter Eggs in The Walking Dead we missed? Let us know by commenting below!
[Image Credits: AMC, What Culture, George Romeo’s Creepshow, ComicBook.com]