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This is a list of references of movies, television, and miscellaneous pop culture seen on The Walking Dead.

For references from shows, movies, and other outside sources to The Walking Dead, see Outside references.

TV Series

Films

Title Episode(s) Description Screenshot
Day of the Dead "Us" Zombie Bub can be spotted in the tunnel attack. If you look carefully, you'll spot his red shirt and suit, along with his slack-jawed expression. Day of the Dead - Us
Creepshow "No Sanctuary" A facsimile of the creepy crate featured in a Creepshow story directed by George Romero, "The Crate", is visible in the premiere. Crewwpshow - No Sanctuary
Dawn of the Dead "Say the Word" A zombified version of Stephen ‘Flyboy’ Andrews appears in the scene where Merle is forced to fight for his life in the Governor’s zombie fighting arena. Dawn of the Dead - Say the Word
"This Sorrowful Life" Merle finds a car and blasts music inside of it, attracting a horde of walkers around the vehicle. One of the zombies that the music attracts is recognizable as being that film's aptly named ‘Plaid Shirt Zombie’, who is seen at the deserted airport hangar. Dawn of the Dead - This Sorrowful Life
"Conquer" Aaron hits with a machete in the exact same way as the classic film. Dawn of the Dead Machete Hit
An American Werewolf in London "After" One of the walkers in the forest bears a striking resemblance to the reanimated Jack from An American Werewolf in London.[1] An American Werewolf In London - After

Comics

Title Episode(s) Description Screenshot
Super Dinosaur "Claimed" When Michonne stumbles on the room of dead children, there's comic on one of the corpses. Robert Kirkman's comic Super Dinosaur is being clutched by one of the dead children. Super Dinosaur - Claimed
Invincible "Remember" Carl finds in his attic the comic and later returns to Enid. Invincible is another story written by Robert Kirkman. Invincible - Remember
The Astounding Wolf-Man "Remember" On the back of a comic is an advertisement for Robert Kirkman's The Astounding Wolf-Man. The Astounding Wolf-Man - Remember

Books

Title Episode(s) Description Screenshot
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer "30 Days Without An Accident" The passage Carol reads to the kid before the knives come out is from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, where Tom and Becky Thatcher are lost in a cave, with little hope of rescue and a candle that's burning down to almost nothing. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 30 Days Without An Accident
"Internment" Lizzie Samuels was seen talking to Hershel Greene about Tom Sawyer. She was saying that she was enjoying it, but Carol would never get to finish it, but Hershel insisted that Carol would give it her best try.
"The Grove" Lizzie, Mika and Carol talk about it on the train tracks.
"Consumed" Carol is packing a copy of it into her bag. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Consumed
Selected Short Stories by Jack London "Claimed" Rick Grimes is asleep in a bed with a copy of “Selected Short Stories” resting on his chest. Selected Short Stories - Jack London (Claimed)

Pop culture

Title Episode(s) Description Screenshot
Morley[2] "Save the Last One" Dale Horvath contemplates smoking a cigarette while standing on the roof of his RV. Morley - Save the Last One
"Consumed" Daryl finds a carton of Morley Lights soft packs on the floor next to Noah, who is trapped under a bookshelf. Morley - Consumed

Fear The Walking Dead

Books

Title Episode(s) Description Screenshot
To Build a Fire by Jack London "Pilot" Travis Manawa is trying to discuss why the story "To Build a Fire," by Jack London is important. To Build a Fire - Jack London (Pilot)
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson "Pilot" The book where Nick Clark hid his junk. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson (Pilot)

Pop culture

Title Episode(s) Description Screenshot
Eat Me, Drink Me logo "Pilot" Matt Sale draws a heart on Alicia Clark's arm, the logo of Marilyn Manson album. Eat Me, Drink Me logo - Pilot
"So Close, Yet So Far" There's a heart on Matt's bedroom. Matt - Bedroom Wall
UC Berkeley "So Close, Yet So Far" Alicia Clark's acceptance letter to UC Berkley can be seen. UC Berkeley - So Close, Yet So Far
Monopoly "The Dog" At Clarks' home, Madison, Nick and Alicia are playing Monopoly. Dad was always The Shoe

Comic Series

Brands

Title Issue(s) Description Image
Wal-Mart Issue 38-43 185px-Wallmart038
McDonalds The Governor Special McDonalds and Wal-Mart

Notes

  1. The Walking Dead's Homage To An American Werewolf In London
  2. Morley is a fictional brand of cigarette that has appeared in various television shows, films, and video games that otherwise have no connection to each other.

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