10 details you may have missed on Sunday's 'The Walking Dead' premiere

Kirsten Acuna
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The focus of Sunday's "The Walking Dead" is Maggie's past, present, and future on the show. Eli Ade/AMC
  • Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for season 10, episode 17 of "The Walking Dead."

  • Showrunner Angela Kang joins Insider with some BTS details on the opening scene and the reapers.

  • "TWD" logo changes and Lauren Cohan's name is back in the opening, cementing her return to the show.

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Maggie low-key references Judith's mother Lori at the episode's start.

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This is an easy moment to overlook at the start of the episode. AMC

If you started to zone out during the opening dialogue between Maggie and Judith at the episode's start, you'll want to give it another listen.

Maggie tells Judith, "You are your mother's daughter" when she insists she could have killed a walker that Maggie got to first.

While Michonne is the only mother Judith has ever known, it's worth considering that Maggie could very well be referencing Lori as well since the two were on good terms.

When asked if Maggie was referencing Michonne, Lori, or both, Kang told Insider, "I think, in the present, she's kind of talking about Michonne because that's the only mother that Judith has known. But you know, it could equally apply to Lori."

Remember, Maggie was there for Judith's untimely delivery on season three.

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Judith is born on season three, episode four of "TWD." AMC

It is so satisfying to see Maggie and Judith share a scene together after all this time when you remember that Maggie delivered Judith under unfortunate circumstances on season three.

Lori and Maggie were trapped in the prison with Carl on season three, episode four. When Lori went into labor, Maggie was forced to perform a C-section on the spot, killing Lori so her child, a symbol of hope during the apocalypse, could live.

Maggie almost said something to Negan at the start of the episode.

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Maggie sees Negan for the first time in years on Sunday's "TWD." Eli Ade/AMC

In a special feature on AMC+, Kang explains the title of the episode a little bit more.

"We had dialogue for her and in the editing process we wound up stripping it out because her reactions were so strong in these awkward silences," Kang said.

Lauren Cohan's name returns to the opening credits.

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Cohan's name appears third in the credits after Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. AMC

Though Cohan appeared on the season 10 finale, her name wasn't present in the opening credits.

At 2019's New York Comic Con, AMC announced Cohan will be a series regular on the show's final 11th season. It's good to see her name return to the opening after previously departing the show on season nine.

"The Walking Dead" logo changes and evolves again.

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Compare "TWD" season 10 finale logo with the logo on the first of six new bonus episodes. AMC, composite by Kirsten Acuna/Insider

The last time we saw "TWD" logo on the official season 10 finale, it was on fire.

Now that the Whisperer war has ended, the new logo is covered in blood and a mossy growth.

It's extra difficult for Maggie to see the Hilltop destroyed because it essentially became a memorial for her family.

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It's highly unlikely that those paintings survived. AMC

Obviously, Maggie was the former leader of the Hilltop, but it's also the location where she buried her husband Glenn. She also had a nice collection of painted family portraits featuring her father, Glenn, Beth, and other family members who died.

The kicker for Maggie is learning that Negan — the man who killed her husband — also had a hand in torching the place that served as a memorial not only for Glenn, but her entire family.

"She has lost her whole family, one at a time," Kang told Insider. "It has shaped so much of who she is. The strength that she has had as a survivor to keep going in spite of it all, I think, is is one of my favorite aspects of that character."

Jayne Atkinson's Georgie may still be out there. Did she become a part of Ginny's key communities?

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Remember Georgie? We do. AMC

On Sunday's episode, Daryl asks Maggie about Georgie's location. Unfortunately, Maggie isn't sure if she's still alive.

For a while, they were on a mission to help other survivors, but Maggie said it would "always go sideways." (Sounds a bit like "FearTWD" to be honest.)

"She heard about this city out west, so she and the twins went out there to check it out, and I stayed back with Hershel," Maggie tells Daryl. "And not long after, the place fell and we ran and I haven't seen her since."

Did Georgie hear about one of Ginny's key communities out west?

If you're a bit fuzzy on the character, we met Georgie on season eight. When Maggie and her son, Hershel, left "TWD" on season nine, episode five, she joined up with "Georgie and the twins" off screen.

The trio were traveling the country spreading the good word about how to rebuild the world from the ground up with a book they called, "A Key to a Future."

During Maggie's absence from the show, Georgie has been referenced a few times since, but we haven't seen Atkinson's character return. At the time, many thought she may turn out to be the future leader of the Commonwealth who were just introduced on the season 10 finale. (Even Atkinson told us she thought that may be the case when she appeared on the show.)

"There's a picture of her, my son showed it to me. She looks a little like I would look on 'House of Cards,' almost presidential or some sort of leadership position. But her name isn't Georgie so that could be just a red herring," Atkinson told Insider in March 2018.

Why mention Georgie now? Either "TWD" is planning to give us more of Georgie at some point (perhaps on "FearTWD") or this is the show's way of writing her out and tying up some loose ends.

Hopefully, it's not the latter. Atkinson told us in 2018 that she'd love to return one day.

Kelly is the perfect person to share a small moment with Maggie. They've both gone through the exact same experience.

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When Maggie learns about Kelly's missing sister, it likely takes her right back to the time she was searching for Beth. AMC

Maggie is upset with Kelly for leaving her post until she learns she has a sister who's currently missing.

Her mood and tone immediately change with Kelly once she hears about Connie. Though she doesn't say it aloud, Maggie can certainly empathize with that. After all, she spent a long time searching for her kidnapped sister, Beth.

In one of the show's most shocking deaths, Beth was killed moments before being reunited with Maggie.

Hershel is giving us major Glenn vibes.

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Young Hershel is wearing a cap just like his dad on season one. AMC, Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Little Hershel is dressed just like a mini version of his dad, Glenn, from when we first met him on season one.

"We wanted the reveal of Hershel to be sweet and a little funny," Kang said on AMC+. "We want to show that the young Hershel is a little bit like his mom and a little bit like his dad."

"I think that there were ways that Glenn could find the brighter sides of life sometimes that I think were really important for the survivors," Kang continued. "So we thought it was really fun to kind of introduce him in a situation where like, 'Oh, This kid has survival skills.' He clearly, somehow, got up a tree, managed to stay away from the bad guys and, yet, he's a rascal."

The reaper's introduction was originally planned for season 11.

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If the pandemic didn't happen, we wouldn't have received this moment. Eli Ade/AMC

Kang tells Insider it moved up when AMC announced six additional bonus episodes for season 10.

"We wound up introducing this element when we were sort of working on the season 10 extension episodes," Kang said. "It gave us a chance to kind of show a piece of story that we were going to skip over."

Cole asks Maggie if Alexandria is "home sweet home."

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You can catch the remnants of the Whisperers in the background. AMC

That's the name of the episode. Alexandria was Maggie's home until she took over the Hilltop from Gregory.

"In a lot of ways, this episode is about our people wanting to go home after the war with the Whisperers and Maggie coming home only to find that home has been destroyed and what happens next," Kang said in the behind-the-scenes feature on AMC.

Home has taken on such a complex meaning, especially since Maggie now has to live, possibly, next door to Negan, her mortal enemy," Kang added. "There's a lot of emotional territory that's being explored in this episode."

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