Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."
There are other sneaky details and references you might have missed.
The voiceover at the start of the first episode was from "Avengers: Endgame."
Near the conclusion of 2019's "Avengers: Endgame," Steve Rogers/Captain America returned from time traveling and putting the Infinity Stones exactly where he got them from.
But Steve also took a detour and lived a long and fulfilling life with Peggy Carter. When he returned to the present day as an old man, he took his shield out of a brown case (the same one seen in "TFATWS") and gave Sam his blessing to "try it on."
"How does it feel?" old Steve asked Sam.
"Like it's someone else's," he replied.
"It isn't," Steve said, giving his blessing and smiling up at him.
After a pause, Sam thanked Steve and said "I'll do my best" before they shook hands.
"That's why it's yours," Steve said, showing that he was confident that Sam was worthy of taking up the mantle.
That scene perfectly set up Sam's spin-off series and the concept of legacy that's at the forefront of "TFATWS."
While on a mission to retrieve the military liaison being held captive by a criminal organization known as LAF, Sam fought Batroc - a character last seen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Captain America faced off against Batroc (played by two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and MMA star Georges St-Pierre) when he and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow were sent on a mission to free hostages from a hijacked S.H.I.E.L.D. ship called the Lemurian Star.
It was later revealed that Batroc was actually hired by Nick Fury to attack the ship to distract from Natasha's actual mission to steal top-secret files. Batroc escaped and was later found in a safe house in Algiers.
It's unclear how Batroc fits into "TFATWS," but clearly the mercenary is still carrying out missions. He's also wearing his comic book counterpart's signature colors.
Even though Tony Stark sacrificed himself in "Endgame" and is dead, his name lives on and loomed over the first episode of "TFATWS."
The events of episode one took place six months after "Endgame."
The first mention of Tony Stark/Iron Man came from First Lieutenant Joaquin Torres, an intel officer who works closely with Sam.
After successfully rescuing the military liaison, Sam and Torres took a break in Tunisia. There, Torres referred to Sam's Redwing drone as "Stark-level tech."
The second mention of the late superhero came from the starstruck loan officer who refused to let Sam and his sister Sarah take out a loan. After asking Sam if Stark ever paid him for his superhero efforts, he quickly offered his condolences.
The photo of Steve on the farewell banner at the Smithsonian was used in his first Cap exhibit, seen at the start of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
On the first episode of "TFATWS," Sam traveled to Washington, DC (which is where he first met Steve) and gave a speech at a farewell ceremony for Captain America.
The banners with the photo of the hero were previously seen when Steve visited the Smithsonian in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
One of the screens in the exhibit referenced "Captain America: Civil War."
A screen was dedicated to the Sokovia Accords, legal documents that caused a rift among the Avengers and split them into two opposing groups: Team Cap and Team Iron Man.
The Sokovia Accords were proposed after two events: the destruction caused by the Avengers in Sokovia during "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the terrorist attack that took place in Lagos, Nigeria.
As a result, people began to view the Avengers less like heroes and more like villains.
The documents were intended to allow the government to keep the Avengers in check, rather than letting the superheroes operate entirely on their own.
The motorcycle seen on display at the Smithsonian is the same one that was part of the previous Captain America exhibit, with a few adjustments.
Cap first used a motorcycle in "Captain America: The First Avenger" as he and the Howling Commandos traveled through Europe taking down Hydra's bases.
Steve was seen looking at the vehicle decades later as part of the Smithsonian's section dedicated to the American hero.
On "TFATWS," the motorcycle is now surrounded by mementos on a raised platform.
A new addition is the original shield, which was previously attached to Cap's mannequin. It appears that, after Steve stole the suit in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" to prepare for battle, the shield was relocated in the exhibit.
Many of the items featured on the wall behind the motorcycle were nods to the first "Captain America" movie.
One of the items was the hard hat that he wore while in basic training at Camp Lehigh.
Another was the Captain America comic book, which was printed after he became somewhat of a celebrity as he encouraged Americans to support war efforts in the first "Captain America" movie.
Other pieces on display included a backpack, brown boots, and Captain America trading cards.
Additional screens that Rhodey and Sam walked by as part of the exhibit referenced landmark past events in the MCU.
The screens featured titles like "The Blip," "The Vanished," and "Out of Hiding: New York Under Attack."
These headlines were referring to events of "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame."
Thanos' followers invaded New York at the start of "Infinity War," years after the 2012 Battle of New York that formed the Avengers.
"The Vanished" referred to the lengthy list of people who were dusted and disappeared when Thanos acquired all the Infinity Stones, snapped his fingers, and wiped out half of the population.
"The Blip" is a term first used in "Spider-Man: Far From Home" when referencing the people who were dusted and then resurrected five years later by the Hulk.
A screen titled "One Final Mission" referred to the events of "Endgame."
If you look closely at the text, it summarized the plot of the blockbuster movie. It recapped Steve and the Avengers regrouping after five years "with a new plan to undo the damage inflicted by the mad titan known as Thanos."
It also said that the heroes were successful, but with "personal loss" – specifically mentioning the death of Tony Stark.
"With this exhibit, we honor the life and legacy of Steve Rogers, Captain America. Patriot, soldier, hero," the screen text concluded.
Symbols for Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D. could also be seen.
These two organizations were the focus of several movies within the MCU.
Hydra is marked by a logo of a skull with six tentacles. In "Captain America: The First Avenger," this Nazi rogue science division was led by Johann Schmidt/Red Skull.
S.H.I.E.L.D., a counter-terrorism and intelligence agency, was co-founded by Peggy Carter and Howard Stark after WWII. It was later run by Nick Fury.
In "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," it was revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by Hydra since the very beginning.
More nods to "Captain America: The First Avenger" popped up on the collage of screens in the exhibit.
The image of Steve holding the taxicab door was from "Captain America: The First Avenger," after he had successfully been transformed into a super-soldier and pursued a Hydra agent through Brooklyn.
In the movie, he grabbed the broken-off taxi door and used it as a shield as the agent shot at him.
There was also a photo of Steve from when he enlisted in the army. This same image was seen in the file Peggy looked at after she believed Steve died in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
The photo again popped up in the Smithsonian exhibit from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
The ads encouraging people to buy war bonds and the image of the Captain America comic book were both featured in a montage from the first movie, when Cap became the poster child for America's WWII efforts.
Bucky sleeping on the floor might be a callback to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
The 2014 movie included a flashback that took place after the funeral for Steve's mom, who died from tuberculosis. Without either of his parents (Steve's dad served in the 107th infantry and died from mustard gas), Bucky offered to let Steve stay at his family's home.
"We can put the couch cushions on the floor like when we were kids," Bucky said.
After Steve politely declined and said he'd be fine on his own, Bucky said, "I'm with you 'til the end of the line, pal"— a line that Steve repeated to Bucky later in the film in an attempt to get his old friend to remember who he was.
Perhaps sleeping on the floor reminds him of his childhood memories with Steve.
Another (more likely) explanation for Bucky sleeping on the floor can be found earlier in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" when Sam and Steve first met.
Sam immediately realized that Steve was probably having trouble sleeping at night because, strangely enough, his bed was too soft.
Sam, who served in the army for two tours, said that while he was there, he "would sleep on the ground and use rocks for pillows like a caveman. Now I'm home, lying in my bed and it's like…"
"... lying on a marshmallow," Steve said, finishing the sentence. "Feel like I'm gonna sink right to the floor."
Bucky fought in WWII as part of the 107th infantry, so it's possible that he chose to sleep on the floor rather than a bed in "TFATWS" because it feels more grounded and he's still having a difficult time adjusting to regular life.
It's unclear if Bucky even has a bed in his sparsely decorated apartment. There was already a pillow and a blanket set up on the floor, suggesting that Bucky intentionally chose to sleep there rather than on the chair next to him (or his bed, if he has one).
One of the names on Bucky's list of amends is P.W. Hauser, likely a nod to Stan's "I, Tonya" costar Paul Walter Hauser.
Episode one of "TFATWS" revealed that Bucky has several names written in a small notebook, which he calls a list of amends. He's been working through the list to fix past mistakes made during his assassin days.
One of the names included is P.W. Hauser. It's unclear if this is a character, someone who wrote or edited for Marvel comics, or just a clever nod to Hauser the actor. Hauser also reacted to the Easter egg on Twitter.
Hauser played Stan's bodyguard and friend in "I, Tonya," which was based on the life of figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie).
Another name on the list is H. Zemo - possibly referring to "Captain America: Civil War" villain Helmut/Baron Zemo.
Zemo was the main villain of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." He wanted to eradicate superheroes after the Avengers ended up being responsible for the deaths of his family members in Sokovia.
The Winter Soldier was a key person in his plan to turn the Avengers on each other.
Fans already know that Zemo will return as the antagonist in "TFATWS," still on a mission to eliminate superheroes.
There are additional names in Bucky's book that might have ties to the comics.
A. Rostov could refer to a Marvel villain named Andre Rostov, known as Red Barbarian. And L. Kaminski might be a nod to Marvel comics writer and editor Len Kaminski.
Bucky referenced his time in Wakanda during a conversation with his therapist.
Bucky told Dr. Raynor that civilian life was all new to him because he "didn't have a moment to deal with anything."
"I had a little calm in Wakanda and other than that I just went from one fight to another for 90 years," he said, referring to his time rehabilitating.
The mid-credits scene of "Captain America: Civil War" showed that Bucky was being treated in Wakanda and voluntarily put in cryogenic sleep until they found a way to fix the brainwashing.
Bucky showed up again there during the end-credits scene of 2018's "Black Panther."
During the end-credits scene, Bucky emerged from a small hut, with a cloth wrapped around his upper body to conceal his arm injury. The children called him "White Wolf." When Shuri asked how he was feeling, Bucky replied, "Good. Thank you."
Bucky was seen again in "Avengers: Infinity War," when the superheroes traveled to the nation to extract the Mind Stone from Vision.
T'Challa said that Bucky "rested long enough" and then gave Bucky a new vibranium arm with gold accents in preparation for the big fight against Thanos and his army.
Bucky told his neighbor Yori that he "hasn't danced since 1943, it feels like."
This could be referring to the night Bucky and Steve spent out together at the World's Fair in Queens, NY in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
It was supposed to be a double date with two women before Bucky was shipped out to England the next morning to serve, but Steve was awkward and Bucky was much smoother. So, the two women stayed close to Bucky the whole night as Steve wandered off.
While Steve tried to enlist in the army again after four failed attempts, Bucky left to go dancing with the girls and warned his friend not to do anything stupid until he returned.
That night was the last time Bucky got to enjoy civilian activities before his life changed forever.
Bucky's menacing Winter Soldier score played after Yuri lamented the death of his son, indicating that Bucky's still haunted by his past and struggling to move on.
It was later revealed that Yori is on Bucky's list of people to make amends with because he killed his son back when he was the ruthless assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Yori's son wasn't supposed to be murdered, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time as the Winter Soldier was carrying out a mission.
The return of this score makes sense because Henry Jackman, who composed the scores for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Captain America: Civil War," is also part of the crew for "TFATWS."
Sam, like Anthony Mackie, is a Louisiana native.
This is one of many things that fans learn about Sam on "TFATWS."
Prior to the show, not much was known about Sam's life aside from his time in the army. The first episode showed Sam traveling to Delacroix, Louisiana to reunite with his sister and his two nephews.
Mackie was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He later attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.
Sam's pickup truck license plate is 184 EJE, which might be a nod to a comic book issue.
"Captain America and the Falcon #184" was published in 1975 and featured the return of Steve Rogers as Cap.
The song performed by the marching band during episode two was a new version of the original Cap's "Star Spangled Man" song from the first movie.
The track was heard in "Captain America: The First Avenger" during a montage showing Steve traveling across the US (in his first Cap suit) to encourage people to support war efforts.
The song was composed by EGOT winner Alan Menken, written by David Zippel, and performed by The Star Spangled Singers
On "TFATWS," a more upbeat, modern rendition was performed by the Captain America Drum Corps as John Walker stepped onto a field, interacted with fans in the stands, and sat down for an interview on "Good Morning America."
John Walker using a punching bag while training was reminiscent of a moment with Steve from the end credits scene of "Captain America: The First Avenger:"
John was seen working out doing a video shown on his "GMA" appearance, explaining his impressive history as a hard-working soldier. One clip showed him with a punching bag.
During the end-credits scene of "Captain America: The First Avenger," Steve pummeled a punching bag so hard that he knocked it off its chain. Then Fury entered the gym and told Steve he had a mission for him, setting up his role in 2012's "The Avengers."
Bucky referenced a moniker given to him by the kids of Wakanda after Sam made fun of him.
On "TFATWS," Sam joked about Bucky being very stealthy. "A little time in Wakanda and you come out White Panther," he said.
In response, Bucky said that he's White Wolf, causing Sam to give a confused "huh?"
Marvel fans will recall that when Bucky was seen in the end-credits scene of "Black Panther," recovering in Wakanda after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," the children referred to him as "White Wolf."
T'Challa also called Bucky "White Wolf" in "Avengers: Infinity," shortly before giving him a new vibranium arm to prepare for battle.
While sizing up John, Bucky asked him if he ever jumped on top of a grenade.
This was likely a nod to Steve fearlessly leaping on top of a grenade (which turned out to be a dummy weapon) while training at Camp Lehigh in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
Bucky wasn't there with Steve at the time, so it's unclear if he knew about the event from reading up on Steve's history at the Smithsonian (or elsewhere) or if his friend personally told him about the incident.
Sam reminded Bucky of what happened the last time they stole Cap's shield from the government with Sharon Carter's help, in "Civil War."
After Bucky told Sam that they had to steal the shield from John, Sam gave him (and viewers) a refresher on what occurred the last time they stole government property.
In "Civil War," Steve, Sam, and Bucky were labeled enemies for going against the law. Steve and Sam were seen as criminals for refusing to sign the Sokovia Accords and running off with Bucky, who was framed as the person who bombed the site of the Sokovia Accords Summit in Vienna — which resulted in the death of King T'Chaka.
Sharon, who was working for the CIA, met up with them and gave Steve his shield and Falcon's suit. Both of the items were previously seized by the government.
"They're gonna come looking for you," Steve said, referring to Sharon inevitably facing consequences for defying the law.
"I know," Sharon replied.
Episode two introduced a Black super-soldier named Isaiah Bradley, who comic-book fans will recognize.
Bucky revealed to Sam that Isaiah was a hero who was feared by Hydra, similar to Steve. Bucky and Isaiah met in 1951 when Isaiah was sent to fight him in Goyang. He was so strong that he ended up taking off half of Bucky's metal arm that Hydra gave him.
On "TFATWS," Bucky visited Isaiah in Maryland because he and Sam needed to learn how it's possible for more super-soldiers (who call themselves Flag-Smashers) to be on the loose.
Angrily, Isaiah said that he was put in jail for 30 years, despite being a hero. People also ran tests on him and took his blood.
In the comics, Isaiah became enhanced when he was experimented on at Camo Cathcart as part of Project Rebirth (the Super Solider program that turned Steve into a fighter). Isaiah became known as Black Captain America, but similar to "TFATWS," the public wasn't made aware of his heroic efforts and he was imprisoned.
The episode also featured the debut of Eli Bradley, who might be a major character going forward.
The boy wasn't called by his name on episode two. But in the credits, he was listed as Eli Bradley.
In the comics, Eli is the grandson of Isaiah. He wasn't born with special abilities but developed them after receiving a blood transfusion from his grandpa. He took on the name Patriot and fought in the group known as the Young Avengers.
It's unclear where the Marvel movies and shows are headed, but fans believe that they're setting up the Younger Avengers.
This is due to characters like Tommy and Billy showing up on "WandaVision" (who go by Wiccan and Speed in the source material). It's already been confirmed that Hailee Steinfeld is playing archer Kate Bishop in the upcoming "Hawkeye" series and the third "Ant-Man" movie is going to include Cassie Lang taking on the superhero name Stature.
All these characters, including Eli, are part of the Young Avengers in the comics.
When Bucky told Sam that he wanted to visit Zemo to get some answers about the super soldiers, he said: "Don't you remember Siberia?"
This was a direct reference to the events that took place in Siberia near the end of "Civil War."
During the movie, Steve and Bucky followed Zemo to Siberia, where a bunch of super-soldiers were frozen in cryogenic chambers. Steve and Bucky assumed that Zemo was going to wake the soldiers and unleash them, but instead, he killed them because he didn't want more super-soldiers in the world.
Zemo framed Bucky because he hoped that it would spark the destruction of the Avengers from within. His real plan was to find the footage of the Winter Soldier's first mission, which he did.
After Tony saw the footage of Bucky killing his parents and stealing Howard Stark's super solider serum in 1991, a fight broke out among Iron Man, Captain America, and Bucky. Iron Man blasted Bucky's metal arm off and Steve disabled Tony's arc reactor with his shield.
Meanwhile, T'Challa stopped Zemo just as he was about to commit suicide with a gun and the foe was apprehended.
Though Zemo was locked up, he seemed confident that his grand plan wasn't a failure.
On episode three, Sam asked Zemo, "Where do we start?" after he and Bucky agreed to work with the "Age of Ultron" villain to learn more about the new super-soldier serum.
Similarly, Sam asked Steve, "When do we start?" at the end of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" when the pair decided to track down Bucky together.
On the plane during the same episode, Zemo reminded Sam that they've both been imprisoned.
Sam got a taste of Zemo's rich lifestyle when he took a trip in his private jet. After Zemo was giving a glass filled with alcohol, he could sense the judgment from Sam.
"You don't know what it's like to be locked in a cell," Zemo said to him.
Correcting himself, he added. "Oh. That's right. You do."
Zemo's comment was a nod to Sam's fate at the end of "Captain America: Civil War." During the movie, Sam and other members of Team Cap were imprisoned for violating the Sokovia Accords. At the film's conclusion Cap broke into The Raft, the remote Arctic prison facility, where they were locked up, and freed the heroes.
The notebook that Bucky uses to write his list of names is the same one Steve jotted notes in after he returned to society after being on ice for 70 years.
When Bucky's book was introduced on the series premiere of "TFATWS," it seemed like a parallel to the notebook Steve previously used to keep track of things he missed in pop culture for several decades.
But episode three of the show revealed that Bucky is using the same book that Steve owned.
"I've seen that book," Sam said when Zemo brought up the item while on the plane. "It was Steve's when he came out of the ice. I told him about 'Trouble Man.' He wrote it in that book."
Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" was in fact jotted down in the notebook at the start of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Later in the movie, Steve woke up in a hospital with Sam beside him and "Trouble Man" playing from a cell phone.
Zemo referenced the tragedy that happened in Sokovia in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
While speaking with Bucky and Sam on the plane ride, Zemo warned that the danger with America's super soldiers is that people put them on pedestals and then forget their flaws.
"From there, cities fly, innocent people die. Movements are formed. Wars are fought," he said, reminding Bucky of his time going to Germany to stop Red Skull in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
On episode three, Zemo also revealed that Sokovia had been erased from the map after the city was destroyed by Ultron and the Avengers years prior.
Bucky, Sam, and Zemo travel to Madripoor - a place that has ties to the X-Men in the comics - to get answers about who's making the super-soldier serum.
Bucky described it as "an island nation in the Indonesian archipelago," used as a "pirate sanctuary back in the 1800s."
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill also previously mentioned working in Madroipoor, but "TFATWS" marked the first time fans got to see the location in the MCU.
In the comics, Madripoor was mainly connected to the X-Men, especially Wolverine/Logan.
Marvel Studios' president, Kevin Feige, told Entertainment Weekly that the location was made available to the studio after Disney acquired Fox's properties in a 2019 deal.
Feige told the publication that Madripoor "was not previously available to us, but it's more of an Easter egg in and of itself."
The trio shot of Sam, Zemo, and Bucky in Madripoor was reminiscent of the shot of Steve, Tony, and Thor from the end of "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
This might merely be a coincidence, but the composition of the two shots and the architecture in the backgrounds are somewhat familiar. Both trios are comprised of powerful characters, too.
Sam's cover identity of Conrad Mack (known as Smiling Tiger) was inspired by the comics.
Conrad first appeared in an issue of Marvel's "New Warriors" released in the '90s. In the comics, he became covered in fur when his powers activated. He later ended up in Madripoor.
On "TFATWS," Zemo describes Conrad as a "sophisticated, charming African rake." Sam saying that he felt like a pimp in the outfit could have been a subtle nod to the character's controversial backstory in the comics. In the source material, Sam started out as a gangster known as "Snap" Wilson.
The sign for Princess Bar was also a nod to the comics.
A brief shot of the lit-up sign appeared as Sam, Zemo, and Bucky made their way through the city.
In the comics, Princess Bar was located in Madripoor and owned by a man named O'Donnell.
Dr. Nagel successfully made the super-soldier serum created by Dr. Erskine in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
In the 2011 movie, Dr. Erskine (played by Stanley Tucci) allowed Steve to enlist in the army because he thought he was a good candidate for the super-soldier program. Erskine was shot by a German spy shortly after Steve emerged as a super-soldier following a successful procedure.
On "TFATWS," Dr. Nagel said that he was able to create the serum (stolen by the Flag-Smashers) by isolating compounds from Isaiah's blood samples.
The shot of Zemo holding his comic-book-accurate mask mirrored a scene from DC's "The Dark Knight."
The opening shot of the 2008 movie, which starred Heath Ledger as the Joker, showed a group of men with masks robbing a bank.
Bucky and Sam's dialogue when they hopped in Zemo's getaway car was a callback to a scene from "Captain America: Civil War."
On "TFATWS," Sam in the backseat said to Bucky, "You're not going to move your seat up, are you."
In the 2016 movie, Bucky was in the backseat and asked Sam to move his seat up (which he refused to do) as the two sat in a small car and watched Steve and Sharon flirt with each other.
In an interview, "TFATWS" head writer Malcolm Spellman said that the humorous scene with Bucky and Sam in the car informed the tone of their spin-off series.
On episode four, Sam reminded John that he used to counsel soldiers dealing with trauma.
Sam made the comment during a disagreement with John about how to approach Karli Morgenthau. Given Sam's experience with counseling, John agreed that Sam should try reasoning with the antagonist.
Fans got to see Sam leading a meeting for veterans with PTSD in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." After one meeting, with Steve attended, Sam revealed that he lost his wingman named Riley in Iraq during a night mission rescue operation.
After the incident, Sam struggled to find a reason to continue serving, so he left.
Bucky brought his impressive knife skills to episode four.
During a fight with a Flag Smasher in Latvia, Bucky threw the guy to the floor. Then, he flipped his knife and flung it to the ground, inches away from the Flag Smasher's head.
In "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Bucky (under the Winter Soldier programming) also used his knife skills during a fight with Steve.
On the finale, Sharon wore face disguising tech previously used by Natasha Romanoff.
Sharon wore the mask so she could go unnoticed in New York while helping Bucky and Sam.
In "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Nat used the mask and pretended to be Councilwoman Hawley from the World Security Council.
Sam using his wings as a shield was reminiscent of Diana Prince doing the same thing with her golden armor suit in "Wonder Woman 1984."
On "TFAWTS," Sam used the wings as a shield when fighting in his new Cap-Falcon hybrid suit.
In "Wonder Woman 1984," the titular hero used her wings during her battle against Cheetah.
When Bucky fell from the ledge, he stuck the landing instead of splatting on the ground.
We've seen Bucky fall a few times in the MCU, most recently on episode two of "TFATWS" when he jumped from the plane and landed on his back.
On the finale, Bucky was kicked off a ledge by a Flag Smasher and screamed as he fell. Instead of falling on his back, he landed smoothly with his vibranium fist anchoring him.
Bucky gave Sam a quick pat on the back telling him, "Nice job, Cap."
A similar moment happened in "Captain America: Civil War" when Bucky and Steve traveled to Siberia to stop Zemo.
On the jet, the friends reminisced about going to Rockaway Beach and having to ride back home in the back of a freezer truck because they used up all their money. Steve reminded Bucky that he blew three dollars trying to win a stuffed bear for a redhead he called Dot.
In response, Bucky said that Dot must be 100 years old. In response, Steve said, "so are we, pal" and patted him on the back.
Zemo is imprisoned at the Raft, the place where the Avengers who defied the Sokovia Accords ended up at the end of "Civil War."
The Raft isn't impenetrable, because Steve Rogers was able to break his friends out. So maybe there's hope for a return of Zemo in the MCU under the right circumstances.
John Walker becomes US Agent, just like his comic-book counterpart.
On the finale, John showed Val and his wife his old Cap costume with a modification. Instead of navy accents, it's now black. The black and red style is more in line with the comics.
His journey on "TFATWS" also has parallels to the source material. In both, he became the new Cap after Steve resigned and later returned as US Agent.
Bucky is no longer hiding his metal arm when he's out in the world as a civilian.
When out and about in the real world, Bucky concealed his vibranium arm by wearing jackets and gloves. He also gave the excuse of "poor circulation" when asked about the gloves during a date with Leah.
By the finale, Bucky seemed to fully come to terms with his past. In addition to properly making amends with all the people he wronged as the Winter Soldier, he was also seen showing off his metal arm while at the docks with the Wilsons in Louisiana.
Bucky even let one of Sam's nephews and another kid attempt to muster all their combined strength to remove his arm (a futile attempt, but he seemed OK with letting them try for fun).
The title card at the end of the finale read: "Captain America and the Winter Soldier."
The title change was fitting, because Sam has officially taken on the title of Captain America (and has a new suit to prove it).
If the show gets renewed, it would be interesting to see if it's renamed to "Captain America and the Winter Soldier" or keeps the original title of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."
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