The Walking Dead’s seventh season came back on Sunday 6th with an introspective on Daryl’s fate after being taken by The Saviors. Last time we heard of him, the nemesis of Rick’s group Negan had Daryl locked in a van after smashing Abraham’s and Glenn’s heads with Lucille.
AMC’s hit show gave its fan a content-packed episode focused on The Saviors’ compound and the way it goes for those who plead loyalty to the rebel group. Aside from showing the benefits of being part of the team, the episode gets deep into Daryl’s relation with Dwight, or D.
Compared to last week’s episode, ‘The Cell’ gave fans a glimpse of Negan’s way of treating his crew. The episode not only introduced a particular way of torturing its prisoners, but also a psychological game beyond pain.
What does Negan have in mind for Daryl?
Most fans are convinced Daryl Dixon will eventually die, for not surrendering his will to Negan. In ‘The Cell,’ the tracker of his group and Rick’s right-hand man finds himself enduring imprisonment without breaking. As the character portrayed by Norman Reedus claim, “I’ll never kneel.” Nonetheless, others argue that Daryl would already be dead if Negan wanted it that way.
The most plausible theory suggests his torture is nothing but the initiation of Negan’s recruitment. Daryl’s incarceration could cause a mental breakdown, leading him to serve Negan as a loyal follower. As ‘The Cell’ gets deeper into the modus operandi of Negan and his crew, Daryl finds himself with three options.
Option one, he joins the army of the dead as a walker, guarding the fence of The Saviors compound. Option two, he works pretty much as a slave for the rebel group of survivors. And final choice, surrender to Negan’s will and work for him in exchange for food, bed, and benefits.
Considering the contrasts shown in TWD’s Season 7, next week’s episode will inevitably tie a few knots of the plot. Following last week’s episode ‘The Well,’ King Ezekiel’s entrance will surely play a significant role in the upcoming standoff against The Saviors.
Why haven’t we seen Rick and the others after episode 1?
The Walking Dead’s Season 7 premiere revolved around the resolution of the series’ cliffhanger, which ended in a blood-shattering scene. After killing two leading members of Rick’s group, they’re left with only one duty, get their offering to The Saviors for next week.
Although fans still don’t know what Rick and his group are up to after their official meeting with Negan and Lucille, revenge is definitely on Rick’s agenda. What’s more, Daryl’s abduction will probably force the protagonists to wait for the right moment.
With new survivor groups shown in the AMC’s original series, there’s the possibility of Rick joining forces with either the Hilltop or The Kingdom. However, the Free-for-All scenario is not discarded just yet, as fans know better than trust newcomers in The Walking Dead.