When Season 4 of The Walking Dead picks up this Sunday, February 9, our survivors will be scattered in many different directions, with some of them completely on their own, like Michonne (Danai Gurira), and others broken off into small groups, like Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).

Life without the safety and security of the prison is bound to be difficult for everyone, but even TWD creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman is most worried about our beloved Daryl. He outlined his causes for concern in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“Daryl, more than any other character, has allowed his existence in this group and his role within this pocket of civilization to define who he is as a person, and he's allowed it to make him grow as a person. And now everything that has had a positive influence on him that has helped him turn into someone he respects and likes for the first time has vanished,” Robert begins.

Out of all the members of the now former Team Prison, we probably know the least about Daryl, but from what Robert is saying this whole zombie apocalypse actually allowed him to be a better person, one who is willing to step up and protect those he loves.

The struggle between who Daryl was before the apocalypse and who he became after seems like it will plague him for the remainder of the season. “That's definitely going to shake him to his core and the question really becomes, ‘Is he going to be able to maintain who he's become? or is he going to revert back to who he was?’ That's the struggle he's going to go through, and unfortunately it looks like Beth is caught in that crossfire,” Robert concludes.

The second part of Robert’s answer definitely makes it sound like pre-apocalypse Daryl wins out over reformed Daryl, at least to start. We just hope he doesn’t do anything to endanger Beth! Hopefully his standalone episode — which Norman has said was “grueling” to shoot — will give us some insight into who Daryl is and whip him back into shape.

Since Daryl also knows the truth about Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), he’s got plenty that he’s grappling with, but hopefully he is emotionally strong enough to survive outside of the prison.  

Are you more worried about Daryl now?

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter