Spoilers below for the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, which should be watched in its entirety before reading on.
Every season of The Walking Dead is obviously going to give audiences a ton of exciting action and eye-popping grossness, and tonight's Season 8 premiere also offered up quite a few laughs in non-obvious places. From small character moments to villainous deaths to the almighty Jerry, "Mercy" was our entry into a season meant to bring more levity than the Negan-heavy seventh season offered. (Here's hoping Daryl makes someone eat dog food sandwiches, though.) Check out all the funniest moments from The Walking Dead's Season 8 premiere below.
Tara And Her Candy
During "Mercy," viewers got to see Alanna Masterson having a bit more fun as the oft-put-upon Tara, who spent much of the episode on walker-tracking duty alongside a mostly silent Carol. Tara has rarely been portrayed so casually and comfortably, and as ridiculous as it is to say, so much of the performance was informed by her chewing on a Twizzler candy. (Or Red Vines or whatever.) I had a mighty chuckle whenever her horde countdown went unrewarded, with the walkers showing up a few seconds later. Her "Close enough" was as perfectly understated a comedic moment as it gets in The Walking Dead.
"Another One Rides the Bus"
Beyond the instrumental score guiding the emotional thrust of The Walking Dead's narrative, the zombie drama has delivered quite a few memorable moments using licensed music from musicians that have presumably perished in this world. Tonight's premiere delivered my favorite song choice yet, with Rick's interesting flash-forward scenes being guided by the accordion-driven grooves of "Weird" Al Yankovic's "Another One Rides the Bus," his parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust." It's assumed that specific choice has some direct relevance to the flash-forwards themselves, but I'm perfectly happy keeping that speculation mutual from my glee over this classic "Weird" Al track spicing up the premiere.
Daryl's Sneak Attack
A big part of Rick's plan in "Mercy" involved taking out the Savior henchman who kept watch in areas where Team Family would need to travel undetected. The deaths were pretty memorable across the board, and of course, Daryl got the best of the bunch. One Savior thought he was going to have an uneventful smoke break, but he suddenly got pulled off the screen. His spot was soon filled by Daryl, who totally nabbed the dude's cigarette while killing him. (Waste not, want not, amirite?) It was an excellent moment that likely not all viewers noticed, and it was a moment that was truly Daryl. For what it's worth, the second best Savior death was when Dwight walked away right before the two rooftop Saviors got put down.