THE Walking Dead’s latest episode has been accused of copying a prominent battle on Game of Thrones.
At first glance the AMC zombie drama and HBO fantasy smash have little in common, but after Alpha (Samantha Morton) laid siege to Hilltop this week, fans began drawing comparisons.
The sequence in question saw the allied communities set up fortifications, only for the leader of The Whisperers to lead a horde of walkers straight through them.
As the zombies smashed through electric fences and barbed wires, many viewers were reminded of the iconic Battle of Winterfell, where the White Walkers, also undead, marched upon the North.
Even more parallels came with the use of fire, as Alpha fired bundles of flammable sap, followed up with blazing arrows to light up the defences.
Meanwhile Melisandre (Carice Van Outen) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) also employed fire in the form of magic and dragon breath during their own battle.
Twitter was soon alight with comments from those familiar with both shows, who were suffering from acute cases of déjà vu.
"I see The Walking Dead has descended to Game of Thrones levels of stupidity. Defending IN FRONT OF defensive walls and in small, easily flanked skirmish formations. Of course the flames would have buggered things up anyway but still," one Twitter user fumed.
"The Walking Dead wanna be Game of Thrones so bad, shaking my head," a second moaned.
A third pointed out: "This Walking Dead episode is very similar to Game of Thrones battle scene against the White Walkers."
While a fourth complained: "I still enjoy watching The Walking Dead but the varnish has worn off. Some are comparing the recent storyline to Game of Thrones. This isn't good."
However, others had no issues with the similarities and praised The Walking Dead for the scale and high production values of the battle.
The death toll remains a mystery, but no doubt the casualties will become clear in next week’s episode.
Elsewhere, the latest teaser clip has fans convinced that Negan will behead Alpha in a nod to the Robert Kirkman comics upon which the show is based.
They also predicted that Lydia would end up watching the decapitation of her mother from afar.
The Walking Dead airs on Sunday's on AMC in the US and on Mondays on Fox in the UK.
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