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Last weeks episode of might have been low on action for the third week in a row, but it certainly served to show just what a nasty person Negan really is. Additionally the episode was absolutely jam packed with references and for viewers to pick up on, including one which recalled an episode from way back in Season 5.

As you'll recall, during Episode 4 as Daryl and the Saviors were bringing guns out of the houses at Alexandria when Negan decided to check how the community has been looking after his weapons, shooting it straight through the window of a nearby house.

Negan bringing an end to civilized society [AMC]
Negan bringing an end to civilized society [AMC]

The shooting of the window seemed at once totally unnecessary, but also exactly in line with the character of Negan, and as it turned out it was also a great reference to something Rick told Jessie back in Season 5. During Season 5, Episode 14, "Spend" Jessie Anderson was telling Rick about her trashed owl statue, who then promised to look into who destroyed it. Jessie immediately told Rick not to bother with something so trivial, to which Rick replied by explaining the broken windows theory:

"You ever heard about the broken window theory? Boils down to this-- you keep the windows intact, you keep society intact."

Of course, in the very next episode, Rick proved this theory himself, when he destroyed Alexandria's civilized community after he tackled Jessie's husband Pete right through their living room window. However, since then, it seemed like the community had recovered and settled into a functioning society, that is, until Negan.

The bullet casing Negan shot that Rosita later picked up [AMC]
The bullet casing Negan shot that Rosita later picked up [AMC]

Now once again the calm of civilization seems to have been destroyed, symbolized once more by a broken window. This was even proven by the end of the episode when Rosita picked up the spent casing from Negan's gun, and took it to Eugene to ask him to make her some bullets, seemingly preparing herself for a warzone - a true mark of a fallen society.

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Michonne looking out through a broken window [Gene Page/AMC]
Michonne looking out through a broken window [Gene Page/AMC]

In fact, Episode 4 was so clever with the broken window analogy that by the end of the episode (and the end of Negan's visit) not only did we see a window with a small bullet hole through it, but one the was entirely smashed when Michonne returned from her solo mission. Yep, that Negan is definitely doing his best to destroy civilizations.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 5, "Go Getters" on November 20 at 9pm ET.


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