One of the lingering debates following the heart-breaking seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead was whether or not Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, was to blame for Glenn’s death. While Negan may have been the one to deliver the fatal blow, it was Daryl decision to rebel against the leader of the Saviors that prompted him to take another life from Rick’s group. On the latest episode of The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick offered his take on the guilt Daryl feels and how it is stopping him from yielding to Negan.
The latest episode featured Daryl putting tortured in an effort to break his spirit and persuade him to literally kneel before Negan. Of course the defiant Daryl refuses despite pleas from Dwight, who himself has suffered the consequences of defying Negan. Chris Hardwick believes Daryl’s refusal to acquiesce to Negan’s demands stems largely from the guilt he feels about Glenn’s death.
“He wants to punish himself, he kind of wants to die. He feels guilt. Dwight even says it to him, ‘Your friend is dead because of what you did’ and he believes that.”
Where do you stand on the debate? Is Daryl to blame for Glenn’s death? Is that why Daryl continues to defy Negan or is it to honor Glenn and everything he stood for? Share your thoughts below!
Up until this point, our characters have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.
To start Season Seven, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.
The first half of Season Seven sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.
Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.
The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.
The Walking Dead airs on Sunday at 9:00 pm ET on AMC.