In the movie "Mad Max", there was a large farmhand character. In the "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" movie, Max fights a masked giant in the dome. I have always imagined it was the same character (big farmboy) from "Mad Max" that had managed to survive the apocolypse by way of his brawn (as "Blaster"). When Max unmasks him, Blaster smiles a "No hard feelings" smile at Max. Is Blaster in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" supposed to be the same character as the farmhand in "Mad Max"?
I never thought about this until I watched Mad Max last night. I believe it is the same character, not only because they seem to recognize each other in Beyond Thunderdome, but there was some indicative dialogue as well. Both the Old Lady in Mad Max and Master in Beyond Thunderdome say something to the effect of, "he's only a baby."
There seem to be a few repeated characters in the Mad Max movies Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome only (I don't know of any characters other than Max continue on from the first movie). The pilot played by Bruce Spense is the most notable. Blaster could possibly be the giant that the Biker Gang uses in Road Warrior. They are not played by the same actor though and there seems to be no continuation planned between the two. Blaster and the Biker Gang giant who is listed as Humungus in the script are very similar. I always believed that the injury Humungus received caused the brain damage that led to him becoming Blaster, but there seems to be no documented connection.
I agree, it seems likely that the only reason Max would have stopped is the sudden pull back to before the apocalypse back to the moments before the death of his family and it pulled that bit of emotion out. I do recall reading about how Goose was originally going to be the Humungus (the burns he got when he was attacked by Toe Cutter and Humungus obvious burns) but one that always got me was in Thunderdome when Max is Underworld talking to Pig Killer. Was the other slave/guy who looked briefly at Max, Charlie from the first one who gets his thoat cut and looses his voice?