[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The Walking Dead ahead.]
The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus teased that a conflict could be brewing between Rick (Andrew Licoln) and Daryl over with the war with Negan. Though disagreements are rare between the two, last night’s episode saw Daryl kill two Saviors against Rick’s wishes.
Season 8 brings “All-Out War” to The Walking Dead as Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom have finally come together to make a stand against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). In the season premiere, Rick led his people in an coordinated assault on Negan’s compound. The attack was a success, sending Negan into a retreat. All three groups have now split up to take the fight to Negan’s numerous outposts. While the survivors wage their war with the Saviors, some in-fighting has already begun, with Jesus (Tom Payne) having a showdown with Morgan (Lennie James).
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Following Sunday’s episode, titled “Monsters”, Norman Reedus appeared on The Talking Dead to discuss his character’s actions against two of the Saviors. Daryl killed two of them without hesitation, and without consulting Rick. Reedus says Daryl has gone a “little bit rogue” in his approach to fighting the Saviors:
He’s just got revenge on his mind this year. He’s ready to kill everybody, no matter what the group says, no matter what anybody says. He’s just like, ‘Nah, screw it. Everybody dies.’ He’s very focused on revenge.
According to Reedus, Daryl’s mission of revenge could lead to a conflict with Rick. Reedus says there “could be something happening“. However, Reedus says that Rick and Daryl are still “brothers,” which suggests that the conflict won’t escalate too much.
The tension was first noted when Daryl shot Morales, one of the original members of the season 1 group in Atlanta. Morales was holding Rick at gunpoint, but Rick seemed to believe he could talk Morales down. Daryl killed him without caring who he was.
Another incident occurred at the end of the episode when Rick tried to make a deal with a Savior. In exchange for information, Rick gave his word that the man could live. After the Savior told them what they needed to know, Daryl executed him. Rick was left in shock, but didn’t confront Daryl over his actions. It’s possible that the two will have words over the incident in an upcoming episode.
The Walking Dead continues Sunday, November 12 with “Some Guy” on AMC.
Source: Norman Reedus