A few seasons ago I was watching The Walking Dead, and noticed that the opening credits featured a series of images that were seemingly appropriate for each actor and their character.
Well, almost. While the majority of the title images seem to have something to do with a specific character, some of them seem to be completely random, which sort of torpedoes my little theory. Or maybe they really do relate to the characters somehow, and I'm just to dense to see the connection. I dunno.
I meant to write a post about this years ago, but never quite got around to it. What can I say, my duties here as CEO of Bob Canada's BlogWorld keep me busy!
Anyway, I finally found a few extra seconds today, so at long, long last, well after everyone else on the planet's figured this out for themselves, Let's Spend Way Too Much Time And Effort Dissecting The Walking Dead Season 7 Opening Credits!
As the credits begin, AMC reminds us what channel we're watching, as we see zombies shuffling along behind a closed door.
The first title credit is of course Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. OK, this image is pretty easy to figure out— it's a shot of Rick's trusty police revolver, that he's had since the first episode (I think).
Norman Reeds as Daryl Dixon. This one's REALLY easy. It's a shot of Daryl's ubiquitous "angel wing" vest, as seen through the wheel of his motorcycle.
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene-Rhee. Her image appears to be a shot of a burning photo.
This one's fairly easy to get as well. Way back in the Season 4 episode Us, Maggie and Glenn were reunited for the tenth or twelfth time since they met. Maggie saw that Glenn was carrying a tattered photo of her, and she immediately set fire to it, saying, "You won't need a picture of me. You never will again." I guess this was her way of saying nothing would ever tear them apart again.
Yeah... how'd that work out for you, Maggie?
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes. Hmm. This one features an image of an abandoned building with the words "Away With You" spray painted on it. I'm honestly not sure if this one means anything or not, but I have a vague theory about it.
Sometime around Season 2, when Carl was actually a child instead of an awkward teen, people noticed that everyone on the show was constantly yelling at him to "stay in the house" when walkers were attacking. "Stay In The House, Carl!" became a popular internet meme for a while.
In fact in the Season 3 opening credits, Riggs' name is actually superimposed over a creepy-looking house, which I'm 100% sure was a reference to that meme!
So I'm wondering— is "Away With You" supposed to be a variation of "Stay In The House, Carl?"
Danai Gurira as Michonne (no last name, please). Once again, I don't have a clue here. If this image is related to her character in any way, it's beyond me. Anyone out there have any ideas?
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier. Eh, you can probably decipher this one for yourself. It's an image of a knife. Carol's a badass. Nuff said.
Lennie James as Morgan Jones. I think this one's my favorite of all the title images. It's just a shot of a path in the woods, but it warps and vibrates, which perfectly simulates Morgan's patented "Crazy Vision"— the way he sees the world when he starts becoming unhinged, which is usually once per season.
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams. First of all, I freely admit I didn't even know Sasha had a last name.
Secondly, this is another one I can't decode. It appears to be just a trash-filled tunnel or hallway. I have no idea how that might relate to her character, if it does at all.
By the way, don't get too attached to this title image, if you know what I mean...
Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler. Another last name I didn't know! This one's easy, especially if you've seen Swear. It's a decaying boat, that I'm sure is supposed to represent the Oceanside community!
Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter. OK, that last name I did know. And this is another easy one. It's a piece of equipment from the foundry Eugene discovered, which he planned to use to make bullets for Alexandria.
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa. Nope. Did not know her last name. I also have no idea what this title image might mean. Does Rosita like breaking windows?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan. I'm assuming that's his last name, and we'll never find out his first one.
This one should be pretty obvious to you— that's Negan's bat Lucille in the foreground, and that's the red hot iron in the fire there, which he uses to dole out punishment to anyone who breaks the rules in the Sanctuary.
Scott Gimple is not only the executive producer on the series, but also the showrunner. What the hell does a showrunner do, you ask? Well... they run the show! The showrunner is typically the head writer, and is responsible for the overall creative decisions and direction of a TV series.
How appropriate then that Gimple's title image is a map, since there are times I swear he has no f*cking idea where he's going!
Frank Darabont took The Walking Dead comic and developed it for AMC. Despite the fact that the show was a huge hit, the network had some problem with him regarding the budget or something, and unceremoniously fired him at the end of Season 2. So it's appropriate that his title screen prominently features crows, poised to pick the flesh off his bones...
Lastly of course we have the increasingly deteriorated logo, which I'll cover soon!