If you made it through the Season 7 premiere of #TheWalkingDead without falling into a deep pit of depression, there's a good chance that you came out of it with significant less positive feelings toward the series heartthrob, Daryl.
After Daryl threw an ill-advised punch at #Negan, the Big Bad immediately responded by smashing in the brains of one Glenn Rhee, making it clear that he was not to be messed with. Since then, Daryl — who could once do no wrong — has been the subject of much online anger with fans blaming him for #Glenn's death, and even Jeffrey Dean Morgan a.k.a Negan stating that he believes it was Daryl's fault.
However, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Steven Yeun — the actor who played Glenn — has revealed he doesn't think Daryl should be blamed for Glenn's death. Yeun said:
"I think Daryl is a character that will blame himself. I think that’s enough for him. Even if it’s not real or even if it’s not accurate or fair, I think he would shoulder that type of burden. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with that and I’m sure Norman will crush it."
Yeun's thought that Daryl will blame himself for Glenn's death seems pretty accurate, and it looks likely that it will be a large storyline for the character throughout Season 7. It was even evident in Daryl's reaction in the moment of Glenn's death that he believed he had caused it.
Speaking to Comic Book, Reedus talked about Daryl's state of mind following the death. Reedus said:
"I don't know that anybody in that group blames him for anything, but he blames himself more than anything. It really brings him down to a certain level where whatever shitty thing is thrown at him, he is just going to take it."
Reedus also promised that now with Daryl being hauled back to the Saviors compound, Daryl is about to go "very, very dark," over the course of Season 7.
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"He does certain things that he can't go back from. He goes to a very, very dark, dark place. It's a combination of hatred. It's a combination of self-loathing. It's different from when he first started on the show. He has a big chip on his shoulder. He thought people wouldn't like him. He didn't give a shit. He hates you, too. It turns now into he kind of hates himself. He hates the world that we're in, and he doesn't lose the fight in him, but he definitely no longer sees anything good in the world, that's for sure."
Wow, it sounds like season 7 is going to be a wild ride for our favorite redneck and we can only hope that he makes it out alive.
The Walking Dead Episode 2, "The Well" airs on Sunday, October 30.