Here’s what Daryl chose.
CF: Was it like in the third Indiana Jones movie? Did he choose wisely?
RT: More to the point, should we even care?
CF: Nope. Kill his greasy ass.
Episode 3 of The Walking Dead centers around introducing the audience — via Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) — to Negan’s rules.
Now, for some reason, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has chosen to break down Daryl, rather than kill him with Lucille. I guess it has something to do with the fact Negan would get a real ego kick out of breaking a person who only recently got a close friend murdered at the hands of Negan. After all, if Daryl caves, every time he looks at Negan, he will see Glenn (Steven Yeun) and what happened to him. More to the point though, I don’t think AMC are ready to kill Daryl just yet. After all, people might riot. Not me, or many that I know since Daryl got Glenn killed, but, you know, someone might still be excited to see Daryl naked in this episode. Even if it is just entry level cable naked. And, speaking of the naked, did you really need to grease him up AMC? Not even a greased, naked Daryl Dixon will get me to forgive him.
CF: Greasy, naked Daryl was pretty funky and not the least bit appealing. There’s a part of me that thinks that’s his normal condition.
RT: Me too 😦
So, now Daryl has been there for a while and Dwight (Austin Amelio) and Negan are talking about how he is starting to break, but Daryl is some sort of stubborn arsehole.Eventually, after feeding Daryl a bunch of dog food sandwiches, they give him the ugliest tracksuit ever. One with an ‘A’ emblazoned on the front which makes me wonder if they stole that idea from Terminus.
Daryl is still not giving in.
While this is going on, we get to have a bit of a look into the rest of Negan’s place and we discover Negan is more fucked up than we first thought. People bow down to the motherfucker when he walks past. Every. Single. Time.
Then, when a guy escapes and Dwight is sent to bring him back, we find out more about how Negan likes to fuck everyone up. I guess the term “divide and conquer” is something Negan has taken to heart. Although, as the guy who escaped asks, why doesn’t someone just kill Negan already? He’s only one man, and everyone else around him hate him but pretend they don’t. Dwight comments by shooting the guy and returning his walker corpse back to Negan.
CF: Negan runs The Saviors like a cult leader. It’s like watching Jim Jones bend his followers to do anything he wanted, even drink the cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Those people could have walked away at any time and didn’t even have to worry about zombies. Negan probably learned all this from being a high school coach.
While Dwight is out, Daryl gets his dog food sandwich given to him by a different guy. One who forgets to lock Daryl’s cell door behind him.
So, as to be expected, Daryl escapes. As to be expected, Negan already knows about it because it is a test to find out if Daryl is ready to join the herd and become one of the sheep who do Negan’s bidding and call themselves Negan when Negan asks them to. Just because he can.
While Daryl is out, he comes across Sherry (Christine Evangelista), who warns him to just behave because he is just making it hard on himself. Naturally, Daryl ignores this advice even though the last time he ignored instruction from Negan’s group Glenn died.
CF: Did you think it was strange that Sherry just happened to be hanging out down in the pens? This time makes sense because she was in on the test. But the other time–still part of the test? Makes sense she’s looking for an out, too.
RT: I totally agree here. I think she is playing the game while she looks for an escape route.After a while, Negan rounds Daryl back up and has a group of his people beat the shit out of him before putting him back into his cell.
Some time after that, Dwight turns up with a picture of Glenn’s bashed in head to remind Daryl of what he did. After Daryl has a cry and a puke about it, he is hauled up before Negan and they have another little chat in that choking way Negan speaks letting you know that he thinks his shit smells like roses and every little thing he does is so awesome.
CF: Again, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is nailing the character. He plays Negan to asshole perfection and as much as you want to hate the guy, there’s something that says, “I want to know more.” He truly has the whole Cult of Personality going for him.
That chat involves Negan telling Daryl that he took Dwight’s wife, Sherry, off him and married her. Dwight, being the spineless fuck he is, chose to let that happen rather than die trying to kill Negan. At the end of this conversation, Negan asks Daryl what his name is. Daryl chokes for a bit but then says his name is “Daryl.” Yeah, I am actually sure AMC will kill him this season.
CF: It should be noted that Sherry has terrible taste in men. Really.
And then they go and put Daryl BACK IN HIS CELL. Yeah, way to prove how badarse you are Negan.
CF: I showed those fuckers! Booyah! I knew Negan wouldn’t kill Daryl in his room ’cause he doesn’t want to mess it up, but I was ready for Lucille to get to know Mr. Dixon better.
RT: I really thought Lucille would get at least a shot. I think AMC still think Daryl can get away with anything and the fans will be okay with it.
CF: I’ve already heard the litany of “Don’t kill Daryl!” Fuck it: put him down like he needs to be put down. They’re saving Daryl for a BIG death, you know they are.
Dwight actually seems to give a shit at some points in this episode, and, after Daryl goes back in his cell, Dwight tells him he should just toe the line. However, as Daryl points out, Dwight had Sherry, Daryl has no one.
That’s right Daryl, not even here on the outside.
What did you think of Episode 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!
CF: As much as the focus was on Daryl, this episode was really about Dwight and how he fits into The Saviors, as well as giving us a peek at Negan. We can probably guess that by the end of this half of the season Dwight is gonna help Daryl get back to Alexandria because they are both looking for redemption.
RT: I completely agree with you on this one Cassidy.
Episode 4, (entitled “Service”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, November 13 at 9PM ET. The official synopsis for Episode 4 is below.
“Alexandria gets a sobering visit.”
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