Over the course of seven seasons, The Walking Dead has launched many a meme, combining internet culture and humor with walking rotten corpses and an array of story arcs. This week’s most recent episode has given birth to an entirely new, somewhat intolerable meme that fans are simply calling “Easy Street.”
Warning: The following will contain spoilers for the events of The Walking Dead’s third episode from this season.
This week’s episode focused pretty heavily on Daryl and his imprisonment in the cell at Negan’s camp. Daryl’s being fed sandwiches made of dog food, forced to sit in solitary confinement within the cell and worst of all, is only allowed to listen to one song as a form of torture: “Easy Street” by The Collapsible Hearts Club.
What could have just died off with the end credits of the episode has turned into something that fans can’t stop talking about. On Reddit, there are dozens of threads complaining about the song, with people bemoaning the fact that they can’t get it out of their heads.
“Just got off work and came to this sub just to see if other people had it stuck in their head all day also,” Reddit user ssort said. “Glad to see Im not the only one.”
Despite the group of fans that are cursing The Walking Dead’s music supervision team, others have taken the song and turned it into something more. One fan used the song to recreate the show’s opening, making it feel like more of a sitcom than a horror survival show.
Another used the catchy and uplifting tune to create a mashup of the gruesome deaths that have occurred on the show since it began in 2010. The cheery pop song juxtaposed with a horde of zombies ripping into someone’s flesh is admittedly pretty funny, but it’s just another example of how quickly The Walking Dead’s audience have latched onto the strange use of the track.
Others have taken the meme to social media, using Twitter, Facebook and Vine to share memes they’ve created. In the Vine below, Daryl is riding with Rick in an earlier episode and when Rick goes to put on a CD to listen to, it’s “Easy Street” that comes blaring out of the car speakers.
Like any meme, it’s impossible to say how long this will keep The Walking Dead fans entertained, but it doesn’t seem to be dying off just yet. In fact, some are looking for ways to incorporate the song into their daily lives, with many admitting they purchased or downloaded the song to use as their ringtone.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.