The Walking Dead and The Punisher Twitter account had some interesting back and forth regarding Jon Bernthal’s sordid past. Although we now know the 41-year-old as Marvel TV’s ruthless anti-hero Frank Castle, he also has a pretty sordid history in the AMC hit post-apocalyptic series as Shane Walsh, Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) pal, who turns out to be cheating with his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).
Shane is long gong in The Walking Dead — appearing in just 19 episodes and it feels like his time in the post-apocalyptic world was eons ago. Rick has moved on and there are bigger things to worry about now instead of mulling over his traitorous friend. Despite this, the series’ Twitter account just could not seem to let it go, reminding everyone of Shane’s ugly past.
On Twitter, amidst The Punisher kicking off its marketing for the upcoming premiere on Netflix (or so we presume given that the specific roll-out date has not been confirmed yet), The Walking Dead decided to troll the show by replying to one of its posts. The tweet features Bernthal’s promotional poster with the caption: “Read between the lines. #ThePunisher,” to which the AMC series’ account hilariously countered “We’ll just assume it says “I’m Judith’s real father.”” Both The Punisher‘s Twitter responded with a GIF of Castle looking both remorseful and distressed while Netflix’s official profile also wrote back saying “don’t punish dead inside.” You can check out the funny banter below:
The virtual conversation quickly gained interest from fans who were delighted by the back and forth. Some of them joining the conversation and tweeting funny memes in reaction to The Walking Dead goodnaturedly throwing shade at The Punisher. Others, meanwhile try to make sense of what happened and come up with a story that would connect the two shows claiming that after Frank lost his family and exacted his revenge in New York, he moved to the suburbs, met Rick, the apocalypse happened, and he got it on with Lori.
Although it does not seem like much, this kind of publicity will arguably help both shows as they gear up for their respective TV roll-outs. For The Punisher, it adds a brand new dynamic to its rather innovative and clever promos as of late. As for The Walking Dead, it evokes nostalgia for its loyal fans especially when the series is about to open season 8 with its 100th episode — a rare feat that calls for a celebration.
The Walking Dead season 8 premieres on Sunday, October 22 on AMC.
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