“Walking Dead” fans worried about Daryl Dixon will find out in Season 7, episode 3 exactly how he’s been doing since being taken hostage by Negan. And spoiler alert: it looks like Daryl could be in some serious trouble.
A synopsis for episode 3 teases that a new group of survivors will be introduced. They are Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) men, the Saviors. They all live at a place called The Sanctuary. “A completely new group of survivors living in an impressive community that seems to have it all, but for a price, is introduced,” the synopsis (via TV Guide) reads.
In a trailer for the Nov. 6 episode, Daryl (Norman Reedus) is seen at The Sanctuary with Dwight (Austin Amelio). Daryl doesn’t look well and is wearing a sweatshirt with the letter “A” on it. In the clip, seen above, Daryl and Dwight are looking at Saviors — wearing sweatshirts similar to Daryl’s but with different letters on them — hoarding walkers together to build a protective barrier outside The Sanctuary’s fence. Dwight grabs Daryl and throws him up against the fence.
The trailer also shows glimpses of Negan, other members of The Saviors and Daryl sitting on the floor in some room or cell. “You don’t scare easy,” Negan is heard saying in the promo. “I like that.”
In an interview with Comicbook.com last week, Reedus dished on Daryl’s state of mind revealing that the character is in a really dark place following the events in the Season 7 premiere. As fans will recall, Negan killed Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) with his barbed-wire baseball bat Lucille. He then turned the deadly weapon on Glenn (Steven Yeun) after Daryl tried to attack him, and then took Daryl hostage.
“He goes very, very dark. He does certain things that he can’t go back from,” Reedus said. “He goes to a very, very dark, dark place. It’s a combination of hatred. It’s a combination of self-loathing. It’s different from when he first started on the show. He has a big chip on his shoulder. … He hates the world that we’re in, and he doesn’t lose the fight in him, but he definitely no longer sees anything good in the world, that’s for sure.”
According to Reedus, Glenn’s death will also weigh “heavily” on Daryl. “I don’t know that anybody in that group blames him for anything. It really brings him down to a certain level where whatever s---ty thing is thrown at him, he is just going to take it,” he said.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on AMC.