|Nicotero at the Walker Stalker Con via ComicBook.com|
It's no secret that the zombie aficionado will often slip in sly nods to other notable zombie characters, such as the flyboy and plaid shirt zombies from "Dawn of the Dead," saying "I love doing it [...] We’re thinking about all these cool zombies, and they’ll be in there. And none of the producers…no one really knows…I just do it because it’s fun. And I want the fans to be like, ‘Look, look, that was that zombie from that movie.’” He revealed that the most epic nod would be appearing in the season 4 episode, "Us," but refused to give any further details until the episode aired and fans could catch the cameo on their own.
Fast forward to last nights episode, "Us," when Glenn and Tara enter a dark, and seemingly familiar tunnel. A recent cave in has trapped some of the walkers underneath the rubble, but the duo decide to go over and see what lays on the other side. Oh, more walkers, you say? Color me surprised. However, one of them shambles out of the shadows and I find myself ridiculously excited, yelling at my television and scaring the holy hell out of my sister...
|"It's BUB! OH MY GOD BUB!"|
I was not alone in noticing Bub, as I took to Twitter to call upon Paranormal Pop Culture founder and my zombie nerd mentor Aaron Sagers, to validate what I had just seen and that it wasn't my eye playing tricks. My suspicions were then confirmed and validated, earning a Nicotero a "Bub salute" for the appearance from the PPC staff (including our very own Larissa M.) and a slew of other fans. In fact, #DayoftheWalkingDead quickly began trending after the cameo.
Whoever played the Bub walker for this episode, I tip my hat to you. Though your screen-time was brief, you had Howard's "Bub" swagger down pat. To Mr. Nicotero, I see what you did there. I see it and I love it. Thank you.