Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for “The Walking Dead.”
Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” finally gave us some answers about Negan and Gabriel, teased that Gabriel may be on his deathbed, and showed a giant fight between Daryl and Rick. One of the episode’s other big moments came near the episode’s very end.
After Rick parted ways with a disgruntled Daryl, the Alexandria leader decides to go it alone by walking down a road. He’s stopped in his tracks when he sees a helicopter fly overhead.
Even Rick seemed puzzled by what he saw. Could this be real? Is Rick hallucinating?
Regardless, fans were taken aback by the unexpected scene.
Others wondered if Rick may be hallucinating.
Then there are others who think it may be hinting at something we haven’t even seen in the comic yet.
We don’t have a really great timeline of events, but looking at Judith’s age, who was born during the apocalypse, we can assume it’s been at least two years since the zombie outbreak began. (Some timelines suggest it’s only been around 20 months.)
The last time we saw a significant flying helicopter in the series was during season three. After crashing a military helicopter in the woods, the surviving soldiers were killed by the Governor and his men.
Near the end of the show’s pilot episode in 2010, Rick catches a glimpse of a helicopter in the reflection of a building. Though he chases it down on horseback, nothing ever comes of it. Instead, he winds up riding the horse into a zombie herd and gets trapped in a tank.
Presumably the same helicopter was seen in the season two finale causing a large herd to eventually wind up at Hershel’s farm.
Could there possibly still be any sort of flying aircrafts after all this time? And, if so, who could it be? Is this the government, a connection to the series’ “Fear the Walking Dead” spin-off, or a red herring?
We’ll have to wait until next week to hopefully learn more. At the moment, it seems like Rick should be less concerned with what’s flying overhead and more focused on the guns pointed at him in the distance that he’s unaware of at the episode’s end.
The next episode of “The Walking Dead” airs November 26.