Like everyone — especially fellow photo subject Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) — Daryl lost his home and his apocalypse family. Usually, though, Daryl gets fired up when he’s upset — pacing like a panther ready to pounce. And when he lost older brother Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), he dissolved into tears. He’s the most loyal guy in the world — heck, he’d probably still be shouting “Suh-PHEE-yuh!” if they hadn’t found her in the barn — but this war has at least temporarily stolen his light. No pithy quotes. No killing stuff in frustration. Radio silence.
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We know what’s going on in this photo because a sneak peek showsBeth Greene (Emily Kinney) on the other side of the fire, trying to wake Daryl out of his emo stupor. She wants to go look for fellow survivors, like her sister Maggie, who is clearly alive since you can see her in the photo below. Daryl seems to think no one survived, which is surprising since he knows better than anyone how tough Team Prison can be.
Maybe Daryl thinks he lost his bromance buddy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) — who does look like the walking dead now — but he had to notice the prison bus was gone, so at least someone made it. And Beth is right, Daryl is a tracker, if anyone can follow the many trails out of the prison, it’s him. Look how (relatively) easy it was for Michonne (Danai Gurira) to track down Rick and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). If only Daryl had done that, he could be eating pudding with his boys.
It looks like Beth eventually prompts Daryl to get to work since another sneak peek shows Daryl doing his tracking thing. How great that Beth finally did something — and it was a good, necessary thing to motivate Mr. Dixon. Score one for Bethie.
Maggie, though. Maggie was left behind with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) when the bus left the prison, with sick Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) still inside. Or at least they (and we) thought Glenn was still on the bus. Does he jump off or something? The Episode 10 promo shows a brief clip of what looks like the back of the bus, with Maggie crying as she sees bodies on the ground. She may assume the worst about Glenn, who actually appears to be back at the prison, in really bad shape.
Sasha says, at one point, that they can’t split up now. Maybe she’s responding to Maggie wanting to go look back to the prison for Glenn and Beth? It also sounds like Bob says he needs to help “them,” maybe meaning some injured people who are still alive, on the bus or elsewhere. Lauren Cohan recently said we’d see Maggie on her own for the first time ever, which certainly hints to a separation as she goes off to look for her family.
Episode 10 is going to be Drama City, so read more details about what’s to come. What do you think is going through Daryl’s mind as he stares into the fire in this pic? Who or what does he miss most in that moment?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.