Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Episode 11, "Hostiles and Calamities."
After two weeks out and about with Rick and the other communities, we finally headed back to the Savior's base for Episode 11, "Hostiles and Calamities" to see how poor, captive Eugene was doing. As it turned out, "Haircut" adapted pretty quickly to life at the base, and once he was given a modicum of power he kind of turned into a jerk.
Actually, in the end it was Dwight who we most felt for after his wife Sherry, a.k.a Honey, fled Negan's base and then left a heart wrenching letter for her husband at their old house. Despite his supposed bad memory, it turned out Dwight recalled more than Sherry imagined, and after leaving his pretzels and beer he returned, utterly depressed, to Negan. Aside from Dwight and Eugene, Episode 11 also served to remind just how powerful and villainous Negan is, with Dr. Carson being murdered, proving that nobody should dare cross him, even if you do have an important skill the community needs.
But aside from all the science experiments and pickle eating, there were multiple other bits and pieces that popped up through "Hostiles and Calamities." Go ahead and take a look the five things you might have missed in The Walking Dead, Episode 11 "Hostiles and Calamities."
1. Morley cigarettes popped up again!
Given that we're two years into the apocalypse, survivors who smoked in their pre-apocalypse life have basically had to all but quit their habit given that cigarettes are becoming harder to find. However, we did see that Dwight had a special packet of smokes stashed away, which included a cigarette with Sherry's lipstick on it. While it was cute that Dwight had this reminder of Sherry (which also housed his stashed wedding ring), what really caught the eye of fans was the brand of cigarettes: Morley's.
Walking Dead fanatics will remember Morley cigarettes popping up in earlier seasons in the hands of both Daryl and Dale, but the brand has also appeared in many other famous TV and movies. In the past you will probably be most familiar with it from The X-Files where the brand is chain smoked by the Cigarette Smoking Man - the Big Bad of the series. In fact, Morley's is a totally fake brand, made especially for TV and film use, and a spoof on the the nickname of the real-life Marlboro brand, sometimes known as Marley's.
Morley's have also cropped up in many other TV series, including American Horror Story, Friends, Heroes, Malcolm in the Middle, Californication, and Breaking Bad. This connection with Breaking Bad in particular, is just one of many throughout the series history, stretching all the way back to Season 1.
2. Eugene was playing Atari 2600 game Yars' Revenge
Last week in Episode 10, we caught a glimpse of a classic piece of computing when the 1980 TRS-80 Model III computer (nicknamed the "Trash 80") made an appearance amongst the trash heap while Rick fought Winslow. But the callbacks to early pieces of computing didn't end there and this week we watched as Eugene played the Atari 2600 game Yars' Revenge.
Released in 1982, Yars' Revenge was the best-selling game for the 2600 console, and its aim was for players to control the insect-like Yar and destroy the Qotile as revenge for destroying the Yars' home planet, Razak IV. While the game was cool to see on its own, what make it even more perfect for this list is the fact that it was one of the first games to contain an Easter Egg.
Originally Easter Eggs were included in video games primarily to give credit to the game creators, as video games never used to include closing credits (shout out to Ready Player One for clueing me into all this!). Yars' Revenge has one such Easter Egg, revealing the programmers initials HSW (Howard Scott Warshaw) both forward and backward (HSWWSH) in place of the word "select." So basically this is like an Easter Egg inside an Easter Egg.
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3. Eugene made a Dungeons and Dragons reference
There was never really any doubt over whether or not Eugene would have been a big gamer prior to the apocalypse (remember when he asked Tara what type of games she prefered to play way back in Season 4?), but this week, along with playing actual video games, he also made a subtle nod to the fact he was a Dungeons and Dragons fan before the outbreak.
For those uninitiated into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, before you start playing, each player must create a character and each character must be categorized into one of nine alignments which set out how a character should behave in the game. Here are the nine alignments (complete with a fair representation of their corresponding Walking Dead characters):
Now that you understand alignments, I'm sure you can appreciate Eugene's comment to Negan's wives when he said "truth of the matter is, I'm not good. I'm not lawful, neutral, or chaotic — none of the above."
By the end of the episode we saw that Eugene definitely didn't fit in any "good" alignment when he was quick to claim "I'm Negan" in the presence of the Big Bad himself. Instead he actually demonstrated that he would probably better fit as a true neutral, doing what he thinks seems like a good idea. Obviously he still realizes that it would be better to have a good ruler than an evil one, but isn't really committed to upholding good, and is more concerned with his own survival.
4. Negan will probably kidnap Hilltop's doctor
If you're a fan of the comic series, or have been paying close attention to the TV series then you will have realized that the late Dr. Emmett Carson of the Saviors was actually the brother of the Hilltop's Dr. Harlan Carson. While we don't know why the two brothers were split up and ended up living in different communities (heck, maybe they didn't even know each other was living so close by), one thing that does sound certain is that Negan plans to make Dr. Harlan Carson the Saviors new doctor.
Following Emmett's death in Episode 11, Negan tells Dwight "good thing we got a spare Dr. Carson," in reference to the Hilltop doctor. Given that he recently kidnapped Eugene for his own use, it would definitely make sense that the next survivor he plans to bring back to the base against his will would be Dr. Carson. I mean, if there's one professional that's always going to be useful to have around, it's a doctor. And given that Negan still thinks Maggie died after he murdered Glenn, here's hoping that her and the baby are in top health if he does go.
5. Abraham was referenced with a classic Eugene line
Though we already got a reference to Eugene and Abe's relationship in Episode 11 - when Eugene once again lied about working at the Human Genome Project and working under Dr. T. Brooks Ellis - there was another sly reference to Abraham that you would've had to be a little quicker to catch.
Toward the end of the episode, Eugene tells Tanya and Frankie that he will not be giving them the pills that were supposedly for Amber to use to kill herself (but were actually to use on Negan), Frankie begins to object to Eugene's change of heart when Eugene interrupts to tell her "pump your brakes, Red." This is a nod to a very similar line Eugene uttered back in Season 6, Episode 14 when Eugene and Abraham were inspecting the bullet-making facilities. After Abraham tells Eugene to pause on his thoughts so he can kill a walker inside the factory, Eugene tells him "Pump your brakes, Red. I'm formally calling dibs on this one. Dibs is dibs."
Bonus: Eugene's "Gremblygunk" was a Sloth toy
I've got no official word on this, but it looks like AMC have played straight into the hands of the current Sloth craze. To be honest, the name Gremblygunk kind of does have a ring to it though, don't you think?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 12 on March 5
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