20 Things You Totally Missed In The Walking Dead

Recurring themes, re-used sets, pop culture references and cruel foreshadowing.

The Walking Dead Johnny Depp
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The Walking Dead, currently gearing up for its eleventh and final season (as well as its various highly anticipated spin-offs), is one of the century's biggest ever shows.

Epic in every sense of the word, it has changed massively over time as fans have had to say goodbye to major characters, brave new and terrifying villains and move from place to place in hopes of the Survivors securing a peaceful future.

Or at least a future where things aren't trying to eat them.

Across its many episodes, cast switch-ups, traumatising death scenes and epic battles, the show has packed a lot of tough-to-notice stuff into its narrative. From clever cases of foreshadowing, subtle references to real-world pop culture, and themes which follow the Survivors from season to season, there has been an awful lot to unpack over the show's near-150 episodes.

Whether a character interaction you didn't catch the first time round or a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference of things to come, here are 20 awesome things you totally missed in The Walking Dead.

20. The Characters Are Fans Of Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead Johnny Depp
AMC

Robert Kirkman, creator and writer of the original comic series, doesn't have any cameos in The Walking Dead, but his work outside of the series does.

When introduced to Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) in season one, he can be seen wearing a Science Dog t-shirt. Science Dog is a comic book hero from Kirkman's series, Invincible.

Later on, after the group arrive in Alexandria, he finds Enid (Katelyn Nacon) reading a comic book called Wolf Fight, which serves as both a reference to Kirkman's series The Astounding Wolf-Man and a nod to the coming threats of The Wolves.

These serve as nice nods to The Walking Dead creator and a sweet little reminder that Robert Kirkman exists in the show.

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