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On today’s Walking Dead #TBT, we reminiscence about the time Negan had but a simple question for ole Daryl Dixon, “Who are you?”

Picture Daryl Dixon laying helpless on the ground like a maimed buck freshly hit with a round. Crossbow-less and therefore dehorned, being kept alive against its will, past an honorable expiration date. Filth highlights every corner as a bittersweet symphony blares across the room’s speakers on repeat. Dante’s Inferno playing a Liquorice-scented encore again and again with no crowd request. “We’re on Easy Street and it feels so sweet!” The only ticket out suddenly flips ajar, it’s rival Dwight serving up lunch sans the chef hat. Dog food. Yet, Daryl has eaten worse and indulges with no hesitation.

The Walking Dead’s “The Cell” asked viewers the question, does dignity have a price? How many in the same mentally deformed situation as Daryl would have thrown in the towel? For as much fan backlash as Eugene later took on social media… He did what 99% of people would have done. It was the mirror reflection back that haunted viewers and brewed resentment. An uncomfortable looking glass. The gritty reminder they would not rise above either given the predicament.

They too would likely say whatever a despotic regime demanded. Not even paying empty lip service but fully embracing its foundations. Engaging in the belief and rationale… That you are Negan.

Negan’s juxtaposition of Dwight to Daryl

From the onset of “The Cell” Dwight is seemingly living the good life in the heart of Sanctuary. Luxury food, premium items like cigarettes, his own secure room and board. Not to mention the honor and respect of being a prime-time Savior lieutenant. A made man one can say from the outside compared to his Alexandria-bred counterpart. Demeaned, dehumanized, stripped of all decency.

Negan recalling the origins of Dwight’s membership into Sanctuary to Daryl was obviously no small talk. It was meant to convey that the past can stay in their rearview mirror. Negan has always been about looking forward and maximizing his roster’s talent to the benefit of the team. The Savior team that is.

Telling the plight of Dwight and how he sacrificed his loving marriage was meant to foster two goals. Willing camaraderie to the fact that the team always comes first and obvious intimidation of what can happen when a member falls out of line. In Negan’s words’ you know how Lucille is a stickler for the rules!’ Thus Dwight had to give up half of his reflection as punishment for abandonment of the rules.

Easy Street requires Easy Words…

At the same time, Negan promised rewarding good team-oriented behavior. Those who fall under the umbrella of Negan enjoy the grander things in life. They get to see daylight whereas Daryl sees walls. They get to enjoy dijon so-to-speak while Daryl receives tinned pet food. Even rising up the hierarchy is an option on the table for Daryl if he just speaks the all mighty exit words.

The defining pardon that will end Daryl’s hardship and bring the beam of the sun through a newly built window. Emphasis on new. Negan believes in forming new relationships, new partnerships and new team seasons. A one time rival can become a teammate through roster trade or free agency to Negan. Last season was last season, there’s a new championship to build towards this year.

“Who are you?” Negan asks expecting to hear the answer he’s heard a thousand times before. Yet, one strays. This buck still has the vigor of life in it and is willing to endure. Its memory of a greener horizon where it lives free intact… Even through excruciating pain. The specter of riverbeds, fertile soil, and most importantly, its treasured herd. The wounds might fester but this buck will never give the desired signal to its captor.

“Daryl.”

Fun Fact: “The Cell” was penned by current Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang! The Kubrick-esque episode was directed by Alrick Riley, who also directed episode 13, “Bury Me Here” in season 7.

Check out The Walking Dead #TBT: Nicholas says ‘Thank You’ to Glenn Rhee to revisit more ground of the show’s all-time mementos.

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The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Non-Spoiler Review, Highlights

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

The walkers are finally back to being a fearsome centerpiece in The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale. Despite fantastic acting work from Ryan Hurst however, Beta’s showdown brawl feels anti-climatic compared to Season 9’s tussle with Daryl Dixon. Needed more rounds with the gloves off. A remarkable scene between Lydia and Carol almost makes you forget about its rapid, over in a flash nature.

Ryan Hurst as Beta – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

When you bring in a monster like Beta, an actor like Ryan Hurst who’s physically imposing, knows how to work a fight, and make it look like a million bucks, you give him every minute he wants.

One herd united by Beta’s hegemony marches forward, muscles tense, heart beats skip, as Daryl’s group walks the opposite direction in what feels like 20 pound snow boots with 30 pound anchors.

Suspended in motion, lifting each leg ever so carefully, one misplaced noise away from turning land into quicksand. The walkers, the zombies, are in the spotlight once again The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale as an intimidating entity instead of easily disposed of singular-brained automations.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

No longer do we see the show’s heroes run roughshod through entire walker populations with video game-like cheats on. These walkers are horror film grade, bringing back the open air claustrophobia not seen since Rick Grimes and Jessie Anderson’s last walk in Alexandria together.

The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Mark Hill/AMC

Beta’s spiraling mask of sanity is one of the top highlights of the episode, Ryan Hurst truly pushed this character to the next level. The ‘glitched’ reality seen through Beta’s eyes enhances the mood. After all the pyramid like build up to a final battle, block by block, stone by stone, grain by grain… It ends before you know it, almost like a teaser, an appetizer without the full main course.

After all the hype for Beta’s ultimate melee, you expect a clash that exceeds his grand battle with Daryl Dixon in Season 9 Episode 13. The skirmish here starts off with fire. But the volcanic rage, the embers don’t go the distance before interruption. While the last move of this round hits hard it could have been delayed.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Frankly, this reviewer would have preferred seeing a full-on Season 9 free-for-all style megabout pushed to an 11… Rather, then seeing Eugene’s group kind of standing around motivating each other. There’s enough stand-still motivation cliches and feel-good drama on The Walking Dead. When you bring in a monster like Beta, an actor like Ryan Hurst who’s physically imposing, knows how to work a fight, and make it look like a million bucks, you give him every minute he wants.

No bells to stop a round, no halt to the action, no comedy interlude breaks. Beta was delivering as expected, tossing people out of the way effortlessly like a freight train. You can’t replicate that with anyone else except Ryan Hurst.

Cassady McClincy’s growth as an actress is tremendous

Cassady McClincy as Lydia – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale, features an excellent, emotional scene between Lydia and Carol. While The Natural Aristocrat® obviously isn’t going to spoil anything for you, let it be known that Cassady McClincy’s acting is stellar once again. McClincy is seemingly getting better not gradually but by leaps every episode. Her work with Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale is top notch. She also once again has great on-screen chemistry with Negan as some type of unofficially adopted daughter. Give Lydia more screen-time next season.

BTS, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Maggie Greene’s return feels by the books, doesn’t ruffle any feathers

As you know from the official preview trailer for The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale below, Maggie Greene makes her long awaited return to the series this episode. However, it was pretty much a neutral return. Hugs all around, not much in the way of character or plot advancement as of yet. Have to mention that Maggie wears a fashionable hat channeling Rick Grimes but with a feminine energy to it.


Kudos to the costume designer because it was a great choice to bring the character back with a cool looking fresh prop. Some of Cohan’s best work was opposite Rick Grimes so it’ll be interesting to see the direction for Maggie without him. In that regard, the other cast members have had the opportunity to adjust to being Grimes-less gradually instead of thrown in to the timeline so-to-speak.

Overall Non-Spoiler Review for The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale:

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Mark Hill/AMC

For the Caryl ‘shippers, you’ll likely be pleased. But it’s still a slow burn! Overall however, The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale is not about relationships, it’s about a dance with the dead. Much like Nick Clark on Fear the Walking Dead, coming to terms with having to choose one side of the equation. One world. This one or the next.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

– Be sure to test your Carol Peletier knowledge with Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz and your Melissa McBride knowledge with How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz!

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TWD Fiction: What would Carol & Daryl’s son & daughter look like?

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TWD Fiction: What would Carol & Daryl's son & daughter look like?
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What would Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s son & daughter look like? With the power of technology, we can actually see an approximation. Check out these photos and take your Walking Dead ‘shipping game to the next level!

The following photos are fiction and non-canon to The Walking Dead.

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Daryl is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Daryl is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Fictional Daughter (Carol is Dominant Side):

Carol Peletier and Daryl Dixon’s Fictional Daughter (Carol is Dominant Side)

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Daughter (Negan is Dominant Side):

Negan and Maggie Greene’s Fictional Daughter (Negan is Dominant Side)

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (Maggie is Dominant Side):

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (Maggie Greene is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Connie’s Fictional Daughter (Connie is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Connie’s Fictional Daughter (Connie is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Connie’s Fictional Son (Daryl is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon and Connie’s Fictional Son (Daryl Dixon is Dominant Side)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Daughter (Rosita is Dominant Side)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Daughter (Rosita Espinosa is Dominant Side)

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (Negan Dominant Side):

Negan and Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (*Non-Canon)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Son (Rosita is Dominant Side)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Son (Rosita Espinosa is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Daughter (Daryl is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier’s Fictional Daughter (Daryl Dixon is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Carol is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Carol Peletier is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Daughter (Jessie is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Daughter (Jessie Anderson is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Son (Jessie is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Son (Jessie Anderson is Dominant Side)

Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Son (Rosita is Dominant Side)

Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Son (Rosita is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Son (Andrea is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Son (Andrea is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Daughter (Andrea is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Daughter (Andrea is Dominant Side) (*Non-Canon)

Be sure to take these TWD Quizzes:

How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz

Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz

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How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz

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Carol Peletier - Silence Promo - Photo Credit: AMC
Photo Credit: AMC

Carol Peletier fans, how well do you know Melissa McBride? Test your knowledge & see if you deserve any cookies or a trip over to some quaint flowers!

Question #1 Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC (* Photo has been slightly altered.)

Test your Carol Peletier knowledge with the Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz!

Be sure to read:

The Walking Dead Season 10B: Examining Carol’s Claustrophobia

Carol Peletier: A Mother’s Grief is Forever

Lost Affection: Carol Peletier’s past destroying her future (Poem)

Is Carol’s life better off post-apocalypse on The Walking Dead?

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s TWD coverage over at the Walking Dead articles category section! There are new quizzes already under development, stay tuned!

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