On the March 23 episode of ‘The Walking Dead,’ it looked like Daryl Dixon may be on his way to the dark side — here’s why we think that, and why he needs to change course before he loses his life.
Now that we’re in the fourth season of The Walking Dead, we have seen Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) grow tremendously since his humble, racist, prone-to-violence beginnings. However, in last night’s penultimate episode, “Us,” it looked like our favorite redneck may be going darkside on us, and may lose his life in the process unless he leaves Joe’s group of “claiming” murderers.
‘The Walking Dead’: Daryl Dixon Is Easily Influenced And Gets Emotionally Attached To His Traveling Companions
It’s no secret that Daryl is easily influenced. This was obvious way back in the first season, when his older brother, Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) was calling the racist shots. However, upon their separation, Daryl became a kinder, gentler redneck, becoming attached to Carol (Melissa McBride) and her daughter, Sophia (Madison Lintz). When Sophia died, it was a turning point for Daryl; he had become emotionally attached to Carol and to Sophia, and was struggling greatly with the loss.
When Daryl reunited with Merle in Woodbury in Season 3, time with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of his gang had clearly softened him; even though Daryl leaves Rick & co. to join Merle in the woods because the group won’t accept Merle into their traveling band, Daryl is resistant to his brother’s murdering, thieving ways. It was incredible to see Daryl stand up to his brother and insist on helping the family they saw being attacked by Walkers in the woods, and when Daryl wouldn’t let Merle rob them.
‘The Walking Dead’ — Daryl Dixon Is Giving Up Hope
Beth (Emily Kinney), too, had a strong influence on the gruff Daryl, and it even looked like a love connection may have happened before Beth was abruptly kidnapped. This clearly left a strong impression on Daryl, who nearly stabbed one of Joe’s (Jeff Kober‘s) henchman for trivializing her disappearance as simply a loss of… well, sex. (I won’t repeat the word he actually used, because I’m a lady.)
However, it looks like Daryl is fitting in a little too well with Joe’s merry band of murderers. On last night’s episode, Joe told Daryl that “there’s nothing more sad than an outdoor cat trying to be an indoor cat.” Basically, Joe doesn’t think that Daryl’s sentimentality suits him; he sees Daryl as a hunter, and a killer, and that he needs to stop moping over Beth and become used to the idea. It didn’t look Daryl was really taking this in until later in the episode when he went to cover the dead henchman who taunted him about Beth, visibly considered what he was doing, and dropped the blanket.
Now that he’s been separated from Rick’s moral compass, Carol’s friendship, and now his emotional connection with Beth, Daryl is all-too-easily giving up hope as he has done in the past. He is becoming influenced by Joe, and he needs to change course immediately. It has been such a joy to see Daryl grow as a character, and I would hate to see him throw it all away and become Joe’s right-hand man as Merle was The Governor’s.
However, separating himself from Joe will not be easy, and is likely to result in a death or two. After all, unbeknownst to Daryl, Joe is gunning for Rick’s head — will Daryl step in? Or has he already gone too far to the dark side? Either way, blood will be shed.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Daryl on the wrong path or am I being paranoid? Whom will Daryl save once Joe catches up with Rick? And will he come out from all of this alive? Vote and let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner