SPOILER WARNING: Some The Walking Dead comic book plots will be discussed herein, and the following theory might offer some spoilers for the show.
For years now, The Walking Dead comic book fans have been wondering what would happen to Daryl once Dwight got introduced on the show. That's because in the books, Dwight carries a crossbow — which he's pretty good with — and sports some Daryl-esque traits. Now the wait is over and D is not only a part of the show, but he's also Daryl's current keeper, and time has come for us to get into theory land to figure out how things might play out.
Option 1: Enter Dwight, Exit Daryl
Daryl's death has been playing with The Walking Dead fans's imaginations — and feelings — for quite some time, and the producers never miss an opportunity to put our favorite redneck in harm's way. Last season alone, there was: the Saviors shooting at Daryl, Abe and Sasha on the road; Dwight and Sherry in the woods; more Saviors at the road block; then Dwight's reappearance when he killed Denise and shot Daryl; and, finally, Negan's most dreaded line-up. This season started with Daryl at the butt end of his own crossbow after he punched Negan, and his imprisonment in the Sanctuary.
While the premiere took two beloved characters from us already, no one is safe in The Walking Dead, and it could be that Daryl might have to die to give room for Dwight's story to unfold this season. It's been fairly obvious from the get-go that Dwight is quite happy being Daryl's cosplay — he took his bike and crossbow when they first met, and now he's even wearing his vest — but the truth is Dwight has improved his bow skills, and having two archers on the show might be overdoing it a little.
Option 2: Dwight's Number Is Up
Now, if having to mass-produce bolts might incur in some problems, The Walking Dead losing its Daryl would certainly bring more trouble. First, there are the riots to consider...
Plus, the fact remains that Daryl is Rick's right-hand man for all intents and purposes, especially now that Glenn and Abe are gone. Negan's words to Rick about how tough it is to do things without a go-getter at his side could have foreshadowed Daryl's demise, or it could mean that it's #Negan who will be losing his henchman some time soon. Bear in mind that, on the show, Simon is Negan's right-arm, not Dwight. And while he may be a "hustler" as Negan put it, in the hierarchy of the Sanctuary, Dwight is just as expendable as any other foot soldier.
Option 3: Team D Kicks Some Butt
After everything the Saviors have done, it seems pretty unlikely that neither fans nor the characters might forgive them any time soon, but #Daryl is a smart guy — smart enough to understand that the enemies of his enemy are his friends. In that spirit, we could be in for a wild ride when Daryl and Dwight team up against Negan. (Don't look at me like that...it could happen!)
In this week's episode 'The Cell', Daryl made it clear he understood Dwight's reasons for going back and joining Negan, which is more than anyone could expect considering Daryl's precarious situation. Throughout the episode, it would seem that Dwight held a severe grudge against Daryl — for some inexplicable reason — and simply wanted to break him in any way possible. But, with a little more objectiveness, it's easy to see that Dwight actually wanted Daryl to succeed and get into Team Negan. Hence his frustration and tough love in 'The Cell', constantly reminding Daryl that the options were limited and quite poor, except for one.
In the comics, Dwight is terribly resentful of Negan, and it is his desire for revenge that prompts him to go to Ezekiel with vital information about Negan. Actually, it is only because of Dwight's intel that the Survivors decide it's worth teaming up and going after Negan in the first place, since Dwight's privy information gives them the advantage they need. So, it could very well be that Dwight is simply trying to recruit Daryl into the Saviors so that he has an ally to defeat Negan — since Daryl has a whole community of his own to back him up.
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If Daryl and Dwight eventually pair up, The Walking Dead will have found a pretty intelligent solution for the double-archer problem: a post-apocalypse task force. That would mean that the Survivors get not only one, but two inside men to counter-strike Negan from inside his own walls. This gives Rick, Jesus and their gang a much bigger advantage than in the books. It all seems plausible, since Daryl is great at letting bygones be bygones, but the question is: will Rick be cool with it?