On last week's episode of The Walking Dead, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) stopped to adjust his watch to the time in the Alexandria Safe Zone, and what appeared to be a meaningless gesture just may tie in with a huge Walking Dead Easter egg. If you missed it, don't feel bad, because this is one of the cleverest Easter eggs ever, and it took the hardcore fans over at The Spoiling Dead Fans to catch this one.
Time has been a recurring theme throughout the entire series of The Walking Dead, including moments like Hershel (Scott Wilson) giving his watch to Glenn (Steven Yeun) to show his approval of his relationship with Maggie (Lauren Cohan). Then Rick gave the ill-fated Sam (Robin Lord Taylor) his watch, and Carol (Melissa McBride) gave hers to Rick in Season 4 after he told her she had to leave the prison.
These references to time are particularly odd in the zombie apocalypse, where time has little meaning. All the way back in Season 1 of The Walking Dead, Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) was asked why he bothered to keep track of time. He replied with a story from William Faulkner.
"I like what the father said to the son when he gave him a watch that had been handed down through generations. He said: 'I give you a mausoleum of all hope and desire which will fit your individual needs, no better than it did mine and my father 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.'"Someone with a very sharp eye at The Spoiling Dead Fans realized this quote holds the titles of all of this season's Walking Dead episodes set in Alexandria, in chronological order (bolded for reference): "Remember," "Forget," "Spend," "Trying," and "Conquer."
How clever can those Walking Dead writers get?
But now that this Walking Dead Easter egg has been cracked, what does it mean? Rumors made the rounds during filming last fall that Glenn would die this season, and he is killed in the comic books series by the character Negan, who has yet to appear on the TV show. Because The Walking Dead writers' room likes to mix things up from the comics, many fans don't think Glenn will die. But is this reference to time a hint that Glenn may be about to exit the TV series, as he holds Herschel's watch?
That would certainly make a tearjerker of a Walking Dead season finale, which Norman Reedus has already warned us will be emotionally intense. What do you think this Walking Dead Easter egg means?
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