[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s “East” episode of The Walking Dead.]
“If Daryl dies, we riot,” has been a popular refrain among Walking Dead fans of the crossbow-wielding warrior Daryl Dixon. Well, in light of how the penultimate episode of season 6 just ended, producers of The Walking Dead may want to get their riot gear ready.
Angry and upset that his decision to help a stranger named Dwight backfired (with Dwight stealing his crossbow and then using it to later kill Denise), Daryl went rogue in an attempt to exact revenge for Denise’s death. Glenn, Michonne, and Rosita followed him and attempted to convince Daryl to return to the safety of Alexandria, but he refused. The result? Glenn and Michonne were captured and then used at bait to draw out Daryl and Rosita, who then found guns trained on them after they were outflanked during a rescue attempt.
But things did not end there. Right as Daryl began to turn, Dwight shot him before the screen cut to black. And make no mistake, that was Daryl who was shot. “That’s Daryl’s blood that you see,” confirms Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl. “That’s exactly what happens, exactly what you see.”