WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead TV and comic series. Consider yourself warned!
We did it, guys! After months and months of waiting, The Walking Dead finally returned to AMC last night with an amazing Season 6 premiere titled 'First Time Again.'
The 90 minute episode was, as promised, absolutely crazy and included a huge amount of both action and also character development which basically, in my eyes at least, made it the perfect episode. The episode was innovative with the use of black and white to indicate flashback scenes, exhilarating with the sheer quantity of walkers (over 2,000!), and even downright scary in at least one spot when I literally jumped out of my seat (R.I.P. Carter). I also believe we saw or heard from every character in the episode, not to mention that peanut butter protein bars just joined chocolate pudding in the ranks of Walking Dead food infamy.
The episode was jam packed, so there was plenty to take in and plenty that might have gone unnoticed, but that's where I come in! Strap in and cast your eyes over these 5 things you might have missed in The Walking Dead 'First Time Again.'
1. There was a cool throwback reference between Rick and Morgan
"I ask, you answer. It's common courtesy, right?"
This was a very cool little tip of the hat to show both the emerging friendship between Morgan and Rick, and also how much the roles have changed since their first meeting.
Back in the very first episode of The Walking Dead it was a very wary Morgan who saved Rick's life. When Rick wakes up after fainting, Morgan questions him about his gunshot wound, and after getting a sassy response from Rick, Morgan replies: "Look, I ask, and you answer. That's common courtesy, right?" In 'First Time Again,' during a flashback to Morgan's arrival in Alexandria we see the roles reverse when Rick goes to question Morgan about who he learned his new staff fighting skills from, and with a wry smile tells Morgan: "I ask, you answer. It's common courtesy, right?"
Speaking of Morgan's fighting skills, another moment in the episode suggests he was trained in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. The camera briefly shows the map that Morgan found inside Father Gabriel's church (the one that Abraham had written a note to Rick on), and his lucky rabbits foot, but it also shows the cover of The Art of Peace, a book by the creator of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. This also explains why Morgan has a staff, which is called a 'jō' in Aikido.