Most Memorable Scene from The Walking Dead 901: The Sanctuary

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC /

The Walking Dead returns with drama, betrayal, and walkers. The Sanctuary is now under Daryl’s command but for how much longer?

“A New Beginning” brings fans of The Walking Dead back to the post-apocalyptic world by trying to focus on as many characters as possible. While Rick’s trip to Washington D.C. to retrieve items for later use at The Sanctuary was intense and Carol and King Ezekiel’s relationship status advanced; it was the troubles at The Sanctuary that is the most memorable scene this week.

Rick checks in on how The Sanctuary is running when Michonne and Daryl notice the messages, “Saviors Save Us!” next to “We Are Still Negan” painted on a wall. Prompting a Savior to clean up the mess, Daryl is troubled and asks to speak with Rick privately.

Away from everyone Daryl bluntly states he does not want to be in charge of The Sanctuary anymore. The Sanctuary reminds him of the torture and pain he endured as Negan’s prisoner.

Daryl continued explaining what Rick and everyone probably already knew which is The Sanctuary cannot continue without outside help. It is a factory with no room to grow even with the cornfields.

But that is not all that is troubling him. He doesn’t like that everyone is separated and living in different places.

Rick agrees to his request as long as there is someone to replace him and asks if he will return home. Daryl does not want to go to Alexandria but instead to The Hilltop to check on Maggie and baby Hershel.

His answer baffles Rick momentarily but thankfully later that evening Carol offers to take Daryl’s place. A move King Ezekiel isn’t thrilled about.

What makes the trouble at The Sanctuary worthy of this week’s most memorable scene is the foreshadowing taking place. Just because the war is over does not mean everyone’s lives have changed for the better.

It’s a reminder that even without Negan in power The Sanctuary is helpless. They need Rick and others to provide for them.

However, the messages painted on the wall is telling. The Sanctuary is internally split between those who are begging Rick for help and those who want Negan back.

If Daryl cannot keep them under control Carol may be the only one who can stop an uprising before it begins at The Sanctuary.

Regardless Rick and his people have to risk their lives and constantly gather supplies for The Sanctuary’s survival. This can only last so long before either more people are killed or more become increasingly frustrated with the idea.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne  – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne  – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC /

This scene also further proves that Rick and Daryl’s rocky friendship has not improved. Daryl should have never been placed as the leader of The Sanctuary because of the horrible experiences he endured there.

That bit of poison and malcontent is written all over Daryl’s face. The tone and expressions between both him and Rick alone hint that their deep bond isn’t as close as it used to be.

Daryl refuses to even return home. For one thing Negan is there and second, by “checking in” on Maggie and Hershel he may actually be meeting with her to plan their revenge against Rick and Michonne.

If Daryl is right about the fate of The Sanctuary it will mean the people will have to leave and live somewhere else.

Problem is not everyone, especially certain members from The Hilltop, are pleased with the current setup of The Sanctuary still receiving supplies. Even with Negan out of the picture the situation hasn’t changed.

If The Hilltop is not happy with the current one-sided trade efforts for The Sanctuary, odds are Alexandria,  Oceanside and The Kingdom are not either.

Truth is no one should be happy. Negan and his Saviors left a sour taste in many mouths.

Trouble is those who were just getting by on the point system at The Sanctuary are being lumped together with The Saviors who actually killed and raided the communities for Negan. That means when the day comes and The Sanctuary will have to be abandoned how will Rick be able to separate the innocents who want nothing to do with Negan and the ones who will still kneel in his presence?

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Rick might not have the answer currently but in the next episode, he will be paying Negan a visit. Perhaps Negan will have better insight into how Rick can solve this problem.

Not that he will, at least not yet. Negan is enjoying the show from behind his bars.