The Walking Dead is slowly becoming as famous for its Easter eggs as for its bloodthirsty zombies. And in the season seven premiere of the show, there was one such insider reference that looked as though it was tailor-made to tug on heartstrings. Here’s a look at the callback that may very well have had eagle-eyed viewers in floods of tears.
Adapted from the series of graphic novels of the same name, The Walking Dead arrived on U.S. TV screens in October 2010. The AMC show centers itself around Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, a deputy sheriff who emerges from a lengthy coma to find that a plague of zombies have devastated societies across the world. The early main cast also included Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus.
Then, after finding out that both his wife and son are still alive, Grimes is appointed the leader of a survivors’ group. This makeshift family later discover other survivor clans who sometimes turn out to be as much of a threat as the undead. And with both ruthless humans and zombies on the prowl, it’s little surprise that The Walking Dead has killed off more than three dozen notable characters.