Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Daryl at Woodbury on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 8

The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) has a very tough exterior, but we’ve learned that underneath his bulging biceps and biker vest, this dude is actually deeply caring and will do anything for those he loves. We saw him break down when his brother Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) died, but even that devastating event has nothing on Daryl’s current circumstances.

The Governor’s (David Morrissey) vicious attack on the prison not only killed the group’s moral compass, Hershel Greene, (Scott Wilson) but it also destroyed the home they built and separated the tight-knit group into who knows how many different factions. And don’t even get us started on Carol Peletier’s (Melissa McBride) banishment. All of this change would be a lot for anyone to deal with in the post-apocalyptic world, and unfortunately our beloved Daryl is no exception.

E! News got their hands on some Daryl intel, straight from the mouth of TWD executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. The site warns that Daryl has a “very emotional journey ahead of him”, and Gale explains exactly why that is. "Daryl had found a new family after the loss of his own brother, and he had become not only a valued and respected member, but someone who could actually joke around," she dished "He was finally beginning to see the light at the end of a very dark and brutal tunnel, and now that's been ripped apart with the fall of the prison, with the banishment of Carol. We'll have to see how he copes with those twin tragedies.”

Daryl wasn’t featured at all in the February 9 midseason opener, “After,” but we will be seeing him in this Sunday’s Episode 10, and just like Gale said, he isn’t in great shape. In one sneak peek for Episode 10: ‘Inmates”, Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) is telling Daryl that they should go look for other survivors, but he’s completely unresponsive, just looking intently at the fire they built in the woods.

However, something Beth said must have gotten to the Mountain Man, because in another clip he’s helping her follow tracks, although he doesn’t like what he finds. We have a feeling that Daryl will snap out of this catatonic state eventually, but Robert Kirkman has already warned that the struggle between the new Team Prison Daryl and the old pre-apocalypse Daryl is something that will plague him for at least the rest of Season 4.

Are you really worried about Daryl, or do you have faith he’ll be able to handle this “twin tragedies” responsibly? Vote below!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: E! News