The Walking Dead opened with the deaths of two major characters at the hands of Negan, which left Rick and his group, not mention the viewers, shaken to their core. Accepting that they were now under the control of Negan and the Saviors, the group also lost one of their strongest members when Negan took Daryl Dixon as an insurance policy to guarantee Rick and his team would not retaliate.
Fans last saw Daryl being thrown in the back of a van with little knowledge on just what Negan had in store for the fan favourite character. Speaking to EW, actor Norman Reedus revealed that fans will finally catch up with Daryl this Sunday after the show detoured into The Kingdom last week and shared some details on the treatment Daryl will receive under the Saviors.
Reedus explained that the conditions Daryl will be kept in when he reaches the Saviors’ base will be less than ideal.
“I’m butt naked … eating dog food in the next episode our show. It was pretty gross.”
There is no way to tell just how long Negan will subject Daryl to this cruel treatment, but it sounds like the journey ahead for Daryl is going to be rough.
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.