The Walking Dead: Daryl, we love you but you blew it

Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 8 Photo by Gene Page/AMC
Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 8 Photo by Gene Page/AMC /

People on The Walking Dead act with the best intentions in mind, but sometimes their actions lead to bigger problems and Daryl has blown it. Twice.

Daryl, we love you. But you blew it.

The plan was already in the works when Rick left to speak with Jadis. Daryl and Tara, with revenge on their minds, decided that they wanted to go get Negan themselves despite Rick’s insistence that he will be the one to kill Negan. When Michonne and Rosita left Alexandria to join Daryl’s scouting party, the plan took another turn that ended up being fortuitous as the Fat Lady (the truck carrying all of the speakers) was destroyed.

But it’s Daryl’s (and Tara’s) personal vendetta that really messed things up. By crashing the truck into the Sanctuary, the Walkers left the perimeter and gave the Saviors a way out. The chaos inside the main building also led to many of the workers getting killed.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Daryl’s impulsive behavior lead to disastrous consequences. He has always been his own man and has marched to the beat of his own drum. His decision to attack Negan in the lineup led to Glenn’s death. While Maggie doesn’t blame him for what happened to Glenn, Daryl blames himself. And he should, because Glenn never would have died if he hadn’t jumped out of line.

Now that the Saviors have a way out of the Sanctuary, everything is up in the air. Daryl gave Negan a big assist by helping rid them of the Walkers that were keeping the supply lines from moving food and supplies into the Sanctuary. It also makes it easier for the Saviors to rally against Rick.

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This won’t be the last mistake made on The Walking Dead but it should serve as a big warning to Daryl. He has good intentions, but going rogue is never a good idea when there is a plan in place. The only way to ensure victory is to follow the plan.