For chocolate fans, Easter is the time of plenty when it comes to this delicious treat. But, for TV fans, “Easter eggs” conjures up something else entirely. A TV (or movie) Easter egg is a device (be it an image, item, person or otherwise) placed into a scene that can be found like the traditional chocolate Easter egg by the discerning viewer. These Easter eggs can be related to such things as the TV series, the genre the show falls into or even famous people appearing in the show.
Here’s a list of some of the best (and newest) Easter eggs on some of the TV shows currently screening, or are due to premiere around Easter time.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is a treasure trove of Easter eggs. So many have appeared that it is impossible to list them all there. However, remember in season 4 of The Walking Dead when the Governor was wearing his eye patch and everyone was making pirate jokes? AMC joined in the fun by having the Governor sleep on a pillow that looked like this:
And then there was that time there was a zombie that looked just like Andrea appeared. Although, to be fair, AMC claimed that wasn’t really Andrea as a zombie. However, it was a very close approximate to what she was wearing when she died.
With season 6 of The Walking Dead nearly over, there has already been plenty of Easter egg sightings. For eagle-eyed fans who watched Enid eat a turtle in episode 2 (entitled “JSS”), it appears Morgan’s mentor, Eastman, was against Enid’s food choice when he wore a “Save the Terrapins” T-shirt in episode 4 (“Here’s Not Here”). Although, once again, AMC are denying this is an official Easter egg.
Episode 1 of season 6 paid homage to another AMC series, Breaking Bad, a show that has already been linked to The Walking Dead via Easter eggs before (google “Blue Sky Easter egg The Walking Dead” to find out more). The horn at the very end of the Walking Dead episode was also heard at the ending of episode 7 (“One Minute”) of Breaking Bad’s third season.
Another Easter egg in season 6 of The Walking Dead involves a walker with a Cherokee rose on it. This walker was found by Carol and Daryl and it is a reminder of the Cherokee rose Daryl gave Carol back in season 2, according to Norman Reedus when he teased about the scene to Entertainment Weekly.
Fear The Walking Dead
Fear is only a new program, so there are far less Easter eggs to be found in the first six episodes. However, just in the pilot episode alone, ComicBook managed to point out references to 28 Days Later, World War Z and Pulp Fiction. Then there was that time it appeared Carl Grimes had wandered into Fear The Walking Dead.
Once again, AMC has disputed this is a genuine Easter egg they placed in Fear. However, it is now considered an Easter egg by fans.
Besides CW’s iZombie creating fun and clever episode titles from song titles and the like, the show also likes to include its fair share of Easter eggs. Many of these Easter eggs actually involves cross references to the TV show, Veronica Mars, the show that iZombie’s writer-creator Rob Thomas was also was involved in. The most obvious one this season has been the use of Kristen Bell’s voice in episode 11 (“Fifty Shades of Grey Matter”) of season 2. Another episode to note if you are a Veronica Mars fan is the one titled “Real Dead Housewife of Seattle.”
According to SBS, the channel in Australia that airs History Channel’s Vikings, there are plenty of Easter eggs to be found in the historical drama. The show’s creator, Michael Hirst, is a Beatles fan for starters, so he tends to incorporate references to the band when he can. Also to be found are quotes from the works of T.S. Eliot. In episode 10 of season 3, King Ecbert recited lines from Burnt Norton. Floki also uttered the line, “After such knowledge, what forgiveness?” which is from another of Eliot’s works.
Game of Thrones
While Game of Thrones is usually watched for its nudity and epic death scenes, there are still plenty of Easter eggs to be found. In the iron throne, some of the swords are designs from other famous swords. According to Mental Floss, swords from Orlando Bloom’s Kingdom of Heaven and Gandalf’s sword from The Lord of the Rings series can be found.
There was also one very unfortunate Easter egg for HBO with the dummy head of George W. Bush being used as a decapitated head on a spike. HBO had to issue a statement stating that they did not intend for this image to cause offense and used time and money restraints for the reasoning behind hiring a large amount of dummy heads to use in the scene.
Monty Python gets an Easter egg mention in season 4 of Game of Thrones with an insult being issued in Low Valyrian. While this is a made up language, it actually has a a full dialect created for the show. According to Rolling Stone, linguist David Peterson had a Monty Python quote used for this insult: “Your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries.”
For BBC America’s Orphan Black, their favorite thing to reference as Easter eggs seems to be the novel, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. As users on Reddit have pointed out, episode 1 of the show starts at Huxley Station. Also of interest to note is the fact one of the characters, Dr. Leekie, has the first name of Aldous. The quote Dr. Leekie uses in an episode “Working on an artificial womb — just a little project of mine,” is also a Brave New World reference.
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