Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Episode 4, "Service"
After an episode in the woods, at The Kingdom and at the #Saviors base, this week #TheWalkingDead finally returned to Alexandria for Episode 4, "Service." Once again the episode was light on action, but what it lacked in gore it made up for in tension with #Negan showing up early for his first collection from Rick's group.
The episode was a delight to watch as a comic reader, with many lines of dialogue pulled directly from Issue 103, however, there was enough original content to keep us on our toes as well. And despite Negan's presence, the biggest bombshell of the whole episode came when Rick revealed to Michonne that he knew that Judith was Shane's child, but that he loved her as his own daughter regardless. It was a theory that been floating around since Lori first announced her pregnancy, but it was something else to see Rick finally admit it.
However, between Negan's arrival and Rick's reveal there was a whole bunch more that happened through the episode, so take a peek at the five thing you might have missed The Walking Dead Episode 3, "The Cell."
1. Negan took a swig of orange soda, crushes Daryl
Back in Season 6, Episode 14, Daryl, Denise and Rosita left on a supply run that would end in tragedy thanks to Dwight and his crew. However, just before Denise was brutally shot through the eye she risked life and limb to investigate a cooler inside an abandoned car. Though the car cooler contained no proper food, and a walker very nearly bit her arm, Denise was happy to discover a can of Orange Crush soda - her girlfriend Tara's favorite flavor.
This week a can of Orange Crush soda made a reappearance during "Service" when Negan pulled a can of it from a cooler in Alexandria and drained half before flinging it aside. Though it was just soda, it was clear from Daryl's face that it was a reminder of Denise's violent death, not to mention a reminder to the audience that Tara still doesn't know that Denise died at all.
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2. The episode number easter egg returned!
Long time fans of the series will know that The Walking Dead loves hiding little easter eggs in episodes for fans to discover, and one thing in particular the show has enjoyed referencing is the episode number. In the past we've seen episode numbers shown on clock or watch faces, but this week it popped up in the form of a house number.
Just after Negan asks Rick about Maggie, Gabriel chimes in asking whether the Big Bad would like to pay his respects at her grave. As Negan wheels around to face the "creepy as shit" priest, in the background you can clearly see house number 74, and what d'ya know - "Service" is the fourth episode of Season 7.
3. There were a lot of great comic parallels
It's no secret that The Walking Dead has crept closer and closer to its source material over the last three seasons, and the events of Episode 4 were no different, taking a lot of its content straight from the pages of Issue 103 of the comics.
While the episode contained key moments from Issue 103 including Carl standing up to Negan ("your giant man-sized balls!"), and Negan making fun of Olivia being in charge of the food ("I can't be the only one to notice you've got the fat lady in charge of keeping track of rations, can I?"), none was quite as iconic as Negan forcing Rick to hold onto Lucille for the entire raid and then collecting it, telling him "I just slid my dick down your throat and you thanked me for it."
Prior to Negan's arrival in The Walking Dead fans were unsure how much of the villains colorful language would make it into the series, so obviously keeping such a well known line in the series was an awesome treat.
4. Negan left behind one last reminder that he's the boss
Just when you thought Negan had said all he could to scare Rick and the Alexandrians into submission, he goes ahead and leaves one final reminder that he's the one in charge.
At the end of the episode, as the Saviors left Alexandria, they also left behind the two bodies of the walkers Negan killed - a clear call back to his murder of Abraham and Glenn (the bodies were even dressed similarly!). Not only that but if you look closely, the bodies and the shadow (or blood smear?) between them almost seem to form a "N." Brutal.
5. Carl naming Judith now makes even more sense
As Redditor TastySaturday picked up, after this week's revelation it now makes even more sense why Rick entrusted Carl with choosing Judith's name. While Rick sees Judith as his own daughter, for Carl she's his only living (biologically related) relative aside from his father. Despite Rick grieving his wife and knowing the baby was Shane's, he still realized that family is a rare thing in the apocalypse, and gave his son a way to bond himself to his baby sister for life by letting him name her.
Bonus: Enid's green balloons were her last memory of Glenn
Though Enid hasn't exactly been a fan favorite since her introduction, over the last season she has been taken under the wings of both Glenn and Maggie. And, in Episode 4 it was pretty clear that she was taking the death of Glenn very hard when she begged a Saviors to let her keep her stash of green balloons - her only memento of him.
As you might recall, the balloons made an appearance in Season 6 Episode 7. This was the episode that it was revealed that Glenn survived the alley of walkers, and he and Enid made their way back to Alexandria. As the pair made their way back to the community they found it surrounded by walkers and unable to be entered, so in an attempt to let someone know they were ok, they released a bunch of green balloons they had found on their way back (left over from the ill-fated walker-herding mission), which Maggie instantly recognized as a signal he was alive.
Bonus: We saw Spencer with that alcohol back in Season 6
Even if you instantly twigged that Spencer was the one who was hiding the food, booze and guns, what you may not have remembered was that we actually saw Spencer with that same bottle of alcohol back in Season 6, Episode 5.
During the episode Deanna discovered that her son Spencer had stolen supplies from the pantry, including two bottles of alcohol. A drunk Spencer then blamed her for the death of his father and brother, before grabbing one bottle of alcohol and leaving the room. Although Deanna later attempts to return a bottle, it ends up being smashed and used as a weapon when she's ambushed by a walker (a reanimated member of the Wolves), and I guess the other bottle was stashed in Spencer's hiding place along with some spare food and guns.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 5, "Go Getters" on November 20 at 9pm ET.