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20 Times "The Walking Dead" Was The Cleverest Show On TV

Warning: contains blood and spoilers.

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4. And Dawn of the Dead isn't the only George A. Romero movie paid homage to on the show.

During the gang's escape from Terminus, a crate can be briefly seen inscribed with the same words as the one that plays a pivotal role in the legendary director's 1982 horror movie Creepshow.

6. Anyone who thought to read the Bible passages displayed in Father Gabriel's church would have been well-rewarded.

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"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." –Romans 6:4

"So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone." –Ezekiel 37:7

"And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose." –Matthew 27:52

"And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." –Revelations 9:6

"And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?" –Luke 24:5

7. And that's not the only reference to the undead hidden inside.

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The writing above the arch comes from John 6:54 and reads: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life."

In the comics, Lucille is the name given to a barbwire-wrapped baseball bat wielded by antagonist Negan. Could this be a hint toward the impending arrival of many fans' favourite villain?

10. And meth isn't the only thing to cross over from Breaking Bad.

A Dodge Challenger SRT8, the same car Walter White bought Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad, shows up. Given that the last we saw of the car on Breaking Bad was it being blown up by Walt, it seems unlikely it's the same car, although hopes for a Breaking Bad/The Walking Dead crossover with Jesse Pinkman traveling across a post-apocalyptic wasteland calling zombies "bitch" remain undamaged.

11. The famous fictional cigarette brand Morley exists in The Walking Dead universe.

The fictional brand had appeared on many TV shows over the years, but most famously as the brand of choice of The X-Files character The Cigarette Smoking Man. Perhaps another nod to Vince Gilligan?

12. There's a street called Morgan in Alexandria.

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Before Morgan arrived at Alexandria in the closing moments of Season 5, his arrival was perhaps foreshadowed by this blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of a street sign.

14. Rick’s new police uniform in Alexandria contained a familiar phrase.

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Written in Latin on the arm patch are the words "We will rise again", a phrase used by The Governor back in Season 3.

16. Sometimes a regular, run-of-the-mill zombie just isn't good enough to get that fatal kill bite.

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The zombie that put an end to Amy in the first season was played by special effects supervisor Greg Nicotero, who knew exactly where to "bite" for maximum effect.

19. Remember Sam, the guy locked upstairs in a house with his girlfriend during Season 4? He made a return, albeit only briefly.

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He appeared gagged and bound as a Terminus prisoner beside the captured main characters and seemed to give a quick glance of recognition toward Rick before ultimately getting his throat slit.

20. Even celebrities aren't safe in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Anthrax guitarist and Walking Dead fan Scott Ian made a brief cameo as a member of the undead during the show's fifth season.

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