There has been talk of Rick and Daryl butting heads in season 8 of The Walking Dead. This shouldn’t be surprising because they’re coming from very different places.
During the November 5 episode of Talking Dead, Norman Reedus shared some insight into Daryl and Rick’s current relationship on season 8 of The Walking Dead. Not surprisingly, he hints that allies Daryl and Rick are headed for a confrontation.
Taking a step back, it makes perfect sense that Daryl and Rick would be approaching All Out War from different angles.
Rick was completely beaten down by what happened with Negan after Glenn and Abraham died. He was forced to consider cutting off his own son’s arm to save his friends, and he was sent scampering to find supplies to appease Negan’s demands. This is personal for Rick, but not in the way it is personal for Daryl.
Daryl still feels responsible for what happened with Glenn. Despite Maggie’s insistence that Glenn’s death wasn’t his fault, Daryl still shoulders that burden and he also has a personal vendetta against the man who locked him in a cell and forced him to eat dog food. Daryl is hellbent on revenge and he is already showing us that he will stop at nothing to get it. There’s no point in getting in his way because he is not stopping to consider whether people should be killed or not. He’s killing them.
If you consider the group of Saviors that “surrendered” to Tara and Jesus, it’s highly likely that Daryl wouldn’t have bothered saving them and would have killed them to keep them out of the way. Rick might have taken a different approach (despite what Tara thinks) and this would cause friction in the group.
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Daryl is not in the same frame of mind he was in prior to season 7. He’s not seeing the bigger picture the way Rick is. Instead, Daryl won’t stop until Negan is dead. If Rick gets in the way of Daryl’s mission, then sure, there will be conflict. But for now it looks like they’re just going to keep moving in the same direction.