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6 reasons Daryl Dixon might die on ‘The Walking Dead’

Is Daryl Dixon in danger of getting killed off before the end of season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? We think so, and here’s why.

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for people who have not watched “Knots Untie” and for those who are avoiding The Walking Dead comic book spoilers. This is all speculation, but turn back now if you’re anti spoilers of any kind! K, byyeee.

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Daryl Dixon could take the place of comic book Glenn

Even if you avoid spoilers, chances are you know that Glenn gets killed by Negan in the comics. Negan whacks him in the head with his barbwire-wrapped bat named Lucille. The show has been following the comics pretty closely lately, but there’s only so long the show will do that … right?

They’ve teased Glenn’s fate multiple times: him almost getting hit with a bat in Terminus, making us think he died when he really slid under the dumpster, and then having him look at pictures of people’s heads bashed in in the last episode. Too many people expect Glenn to die in the season finale, so it would make a lot of sense to swap his fate out with another big character who would make a huge impact on the show.

Mix all of that with the fact that Daryl would totally go to “bat” for someone he loves and cares about. Maybe the show will shock fans, make us think that it will be Glenn to receive death-by-Lucille (to save Maggie?), and then Daryl will do something to “take the blow” instead. If Daryl does go out, it has to be from saving someone else’s life. IT JUST HAS TO! Also, these bat-pun jokes are WAY too easy.

Andrew Lincoln’s comments about the season 6 finale

Have you read Andrew Lincoln’s comments on the season finale episode?

“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.” Entertainment Weekly

Yeah, that’s f**king terrifying. This could mean a lot of things, but everyone knows that Andrew and Norman are besties. If Andy was that disturbed and upset over the script, then maybe it is Daryl who bites the dust in the finale. Of course, it could also be Judith, Carl, or Maggie and her unborn baby — they would be almost equally depressing to say goodbye to from Andy’s standpoint.

Lauren Cohan’s comments on the finale

In the same EW interview, Lauren Cohan (Maggie) talks about how it was the hardest day on set she’s ever had in her life. She claims she didn’t want to show up for work that day, called the filming experience “raw”, and then said:

“It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale.”

Wonderful! Yet another terrifying quote from the cast. Okay, so this doesn’t exactly spell out Daryl’s death (it could be her getting killed off), but it definitely points to someone dying, which still doesn’t make us feel any better about Daryl’s fate.

Jesus could be Daryl 2.0

Daryl isn’t a part of the comics, so the creators have the element of surprise when it comes to his character. Jesus, however, is a huge part of the comics and a fan-favorite. He becomes Rick’s righthand man and is a really solid guy with a lot of story to be told. If they build him up well in the show, he could be a worthy replacement for Daryl. Plus, Tom Payne is just about as swoon-worthy as Norman. #sorrynotsorry

Negan will likely seek retribution

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is undeniably psycho, but he has a code he lives by. He’s even been described as reasonable if you play by his rules. Remember when Daryl blew up Negan’s crew of bikers with a rocket launcher. Yes, it was badass, but did it seal his fate? If Negan learns it was Daryl, there”s no doubt he’ll be out for blood … preferably Daryl’s.

There’s also this little nugget:

If someone from The Saviors was in that car (and had some really f**king powerful binoculars), could they identify Daryl later? Was it really a coincidence that the show runners and writers had Daryl blow up a sh*t ton of Saviors and not someone else? Think about it. Supposedly we don’t Negan until the season finale, so what’s the point of introducing Saviors so soon if not to set something up?

Daryl’s had some great moments

The second half of season 6 has featured some pretty badass Daryl moments — from blowing people up with his rocket launcher, to some hilarious one-liners in his bro-mantic Jesus chase with Rick. We all know what happens when characters start getting more screen time than normal.

So, is it certain death for our beloved Daryl, or are we just so paranoid and scared of losing him that we’re overthinking it? Sound off with your predictions, and of course, your love for Daryl Dixon.

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The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC

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