Talking Dead 711 Moment: Austin Amelio trolled by “Easy Street”

Dwight (Austin Amelio) and Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) in Episode 11Photo by Gene Page/AMC
Dwight (Austin Amelio) and Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) in Episode 11Photo by Gene Page/AMC /

We always knew “Easy Street” would make a comeback this season. Austin Amelio shares how it impacted his life on Talking Dead.

If you’re one of those people (like me) who gets songs stuck in your head easily, then “Easy Street” is one of the worst songs you’ll ever hear. No wonder Negan uses it as a torture device.

For Austin Amelio, “Easy Street” keeps following him. Amelio, who plays Dwight on The Walking Dead, shared a story with Chris Hardwick about one of his many run-ins with the now infamous song. “I hate that song. I cannot stand that song,” he said. “I get trolled by that song.”

On one occasion, Amelio ran into some fans at a bowling alley who recognized him. Amelio was with his buddies and a few minutes after the encounter, “Easy Street” started blasting on the bowling alley’s speakers. “I can’t bowl with this,” he laughed, saying that he wanted to hide under a rock or something. Chris Hardwick joked that this must mean people should blast it when they see him.

“Easy Street” had a much more positive connotation in “Hostiles and Calamities” than it did in “The Cell.”

In “The Cell” when Daryl was a “guest” at the Sanctuary, the song as used as a means to break him, playing at full volume all day and all night, on a continuous loop, like some sadistic 1980s nightmare in a horror film.

Eugene’s encounter with the song was a lot more positive. He was checking out his swank new digs, finding a well appointed apartment instead of the prison cell he expected. The stereo was cued to “Easy Street” and The Mulleted One found it to be a rather catchy tune. Eugene bobbed his head (completely out of sync with the song) and seemed to enjoy it.

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It’s quite possible that Austin Amelio will never escape this song, especially at fan conventions. However, he is a good sport about it. Just don’t play it when he’s trying to bowl.