'The Walking Dead' Trolls 'The Punisher' Over Absentee Dad Shane

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Just because your character was killed by your best friend and then topped off by his best friend's son once you flipped to zombie mode doesn't mean you can't let bygones be bygones, right?

I mean, in Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes's (Chandler Riggs) defense, Shane (Jon Bernthal) kinda had it coming. He slept with Rick's wife and Carl's mom Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) while Rick was in a coma; indirectly contributed to Rick getting shot and ending up in a coma; tried to still mack on Lori and be a second "dad" to Carl even after Rick was back; challenged Rick's leadership every chance he had; and the list could go on.

Clearly, The Walking Dead has learned to be the better person in this situation — but that doesn't mean they're above the occasional snarky, good-natured ribbing at their "ex's" Bernthal's expense, as we saw on Twitter late last week.

Marvel's The Punisher released another new teaser through their official Twitter account on Friday, truly living up to the "teaser" description by once again daring fans to figure out the series' premiere date by urging them to "read between the lines."

Well, the social media "Powers That Be" at The Walking Dead weren't going to let another golden opportunity like this go by; responding with:

"We'll assume it says 'I'm Judith's real father'" is a subtle-as-a-sledgehammer reference to the question marks still surrounding the identity of Judith's father. After Lori and Rick reunited, we learned that she was pregnant and the timing made determining the identity of Judith's dad a ton more complicated. Even Rick admitted to believing that that Shane is her father, though Rick continues to raise and protect Judith as if she was his own daughter.

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Getting in on the act, Netflix responded to The Walking Dead on Twitter with a classic callback to Dead's early days:

Marvel's The Punisher also addressed the matter on a much more personal, Bernthal/Frank Castle perspective through a GIF:

A little advice to Rick and the gang? Good luck trying to collect any child support payments…

The Walking Dead premieres its eighth season and 100th episode on October 22nd at 9 p.m. EST on AMC; and we still don't have a concrete release date for Marvel's The Punisher.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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