Beware of big spoilers in season 9 of episode 5 of The Walking Dead if you haven't seen it. "What Comes After" marking Rick Grimes's departure to another horizon and even though he hasn't died, episode 5 is very similar to his cult character. Many references for the first season were madeand we suggest you go back to see if you have seen it!
Alarm clock in the hospital
It's hard to miss a moment when Rick talks to himself to get up and run from the nearest pedestrian. Injuries and aches, Rick has a vision of himself at the Atlanta hospital, where everything starts in the first episode The Walking Dead. Rick "first" faces Rick "last", the loop is complete.
"Don't Open Dead Inside"
At another point in the episode, Rick finds himself in the hospital again. The corridor was the same as he had passed a few years ago, and he fell at the closed door where he wrote "Don't Open, Die Outside". Season 9 The Walking Dead is indeed a direct memory in the first season but adapts to Rick's vision. This time "out" that the dead are, and that's where Rick has a vision of hundreds of bodies then Sasha, who helped her get up.
We still don't have the answer to this mystery, but we know at least that the helicopter was not shown by chance during the season The Walking Dead. Rick sees flying over Atlanta in the first episode, and he will see other people afterwards. This recurring mystery is getting thicker now after Rick is taken by helicopter thanks to Jadis.
Shane and the car are back
We know that old characters will appear and especially Shane that Rick passes in one of the hallucinations. He found himself in a police car, with Shane and faced the returning car. The car that was meant by the criminals that Shane and Rick chased before Rick was shot and ended in a coma on the pilot. In addition to these elements, the discussion of the two friends refers to Lori, Carl, Judith – and his biological father – or Shane's death. Topics that don't fail bring us back far.
When Rick and Jadis fly by helicopter, it is the song "Space Junk" by Wang Chung that can be heard in the episode. The same song that we heard at the end of the first episode of this series, when Rick was alone in Atlanta. A nice nod to music lovers.
Rick's vision with Hershel brings us back to season 2, coming in the famous warehouse where the Greene family has locked their loved ones who have become zombies. This is also where we saw zombie Sophie coming out in one of the most important episodes of this series.
From the first episode The Walking Dead, we learn that Rick only has one goal: to find his family to protect them. Throughout the last episode, in Season 9, Rick followed the same path. He was desperate for his family, until finally he got the answer. Judith, Michonne, Daryl, Carol, Maggie and others are their families. And he found them.
Road to Atlanta
The shadow of Rick straddling the highway to Atlanta is one of those iconic representation from The Walking Dead. Reviewing this plan, this time with a giant zombie horde on Rick's heels, was equally impressive.
"What's your wound?"
First said by Morgan, words "What's your wound?" or "What's your wound?" heard several times in episode 5 of season 9. What reminds us of that this is also the first words Morgan addressed Rick in the pilot The Walking Dead.
When Rick is in the midst of a wave of corpses, we can recognize some well-known faces like Carol, Daryl, Jesus and even Maggie. But that's not all, even if you only look at it from behind, it's clear that one of the elongated silhouettes should be Beth Greene, who, for the time being, is optimistic about the group.