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There Was a Really Cool Zombie Tribute On “The Walking Dead” Last Night

Death is never truly the end on “The Walking Dead. Even for the zombies!

Whenever makeup master Greg Nicotero directs an episode of “The Walking Dead,” you can expect a fun little “zombie tribute” to pop up at some point. In the past, Nicotero’s tribute zombies have paid homage to films like An American Werewolf in London and the work of George Romero, and last night’s Season 8 premiere was no exception.

Nicotero directed the 100th episode of the AMC series, which was loaded with fun callbacks to the show’s very first episode. Of particular note, a scene featuring Carl was a direct mirror of an Episode 1 scene featuring Rick, and you may have even spotted the return of an iconic Episode 1 zombie in Episode 100!

As a child, Addy Miller played “Teddy Bear Zombie” (aka Summer) in the first episode of “The Walking Dead,” and she reprised the role for a cameo in the Season 8 premiere!

I thought it would be cool to go back to our roots and use some of the same walkers that were in early episodes again as just a little tribute,” Nicotero explained to EW.

Check out Addy as Summer below, as a 10 year old and now a 17 year old!



  • Alanmac

    Stopped watching a couple of seasons back but I must say that’s a really cool thing they did there.

  • Necro

    All the hype leading up to the 100th episode had me kind of expecting a mind blowing episode, naturally like this show is starting to do on a more consistent basis, failed big time to deliver! I get there’s still 15 episodes left, but usually the first episode of this show is usually the bright spot for this show, and not to mention it was their 100th episode! I appreciate all the little tributes and what not, cuz I’ve been watching since episode one, but that’s all it was and nothing more! I mean yeah they waged war on ‘the saviors’, wait, I could swear they already did that in the finale last year! So here we go a whole drag out is about to ensue, a little here a little there. I know it’s a show, but did anyone notice while ‘Negan’ and his lieutenants were standing in WIDE OPEN space, that ‘Rick’ (or any of his people) had a good 10 minutes to put a bullet right in any of ‘Negan’ or his lieutenant’s heads while ‘Rick’ and his people were behind their portable shields?

    • zombie84_41

      I just hope the rest of the season doesn’t suck like 7 and 6.

    • J Jett

      i’ve been reading TONS of comments on different sites with people who are irritated (justifiably so) that no one took a shot at Negan when he’s just breezily/casually standing out in the open like that! 🙂

    • Polsdofer

      Yeah they could of shot at them and killed them but Rick was trying to get them to surrender not kill them, only Negan, Rick said it at the begging of the episode that only one has to die. They wanted to give everyone else a chance to survive. Yeah it’s a long shot that they would agree especially Negan considering if they did surrender they would still kill Negan by public execution probably but they wanted to give them that chance. They had a plan and stuck to it.

      Also non of Rick’s people are gonna shoot first without Rick going first except maybe Carl but he wasn’t there and the end goal isn’t to kill Negan. I don’t know if you have read the comic’s so sorry for spoiling it if you haven’t.

  • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Great series. Even when it is at its poorest, it’s still better than most other series out there. Pick a forum, any forum and you’ll find umpteen posts lamenting the prevalence of reality shows, complaints galore about lowest common denominator shows and yet, when something relatively consistent comes along, along comes the complainers… “why… bullets”, “why… fuel”, “why… dumpster”, “why… (insert whatever here)”.

    Do I find TWD infuriating? Oh, at times yes. Then again, I thought Lost was incredibly strung out and boring. Who am I to criticise? I do know one thing, I’ll take the worse, most inconsistent Walking Dead episode over a Kardashian’s, Mob Wives or other nonsense. Death to reality shows. Long live TWD.

  • Riiiiiiiiiight

    And here I thought the tribute was to 28 DAYS LATER as there was a jet shooting through the sky behind Rick’s head as he gave his opening speech… #oops

  • Grither 57

    Didn’t Rick shoot her in Ep 1?

  • zombie84_41

    Well it was a good opener but that doesnt’ mean anything walking dead always have great openers its everything after the fact that sucks ass. So here’s hoping some cool things happen. I loved that ending scene in last nights ep though, thats a shit ton of zombies lol. I wonder if gabriel will be on negans side or negan will kill him. I hope negan kills him.

  • Kaijudude

    Is it me or did it look like Rick was dying at certain points when they were cutting in between the flash forward and the sunset scenes ?

  • J Jett

    i haven’t really watched this show since season 5 but i did watch the actual assault on Negan’s lair last night and it was pretty cool/smart of Rick & Co. to do.

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    The Walking Dead is full of Easter eggs and constantly surprises me. Love the show and hope it lives on for several more years.

    • theundead

      Hope its cancelled soon

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