This week on “The Walking Dead,” viewers finally found out what happened to Daryl (Norman Reedus) after he was taken away by Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) men in the season premiere. Fans also got to know more about Dwight (Austin Amelio) and what Negan did to break him.
It was revealed that Daryl was being kept inside a room, tormented with music, fed dog food sandwiches, and shown a photo of Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) remains as Dwight and Negan tried to get him to submit. He was offered a lot of things to make his life comfortable, and Negan told him that he has the potential to become one of his top guys.
Later, Negan showed Daryl how everyone has accepted him as their leader as everyone who was asked what his name was said, “I am Negan.” When it was Daryl’s turn, he defiantly said his own name, which upset the Saviors’ leader. Negan told him that in the end, everyone submits to him just like Dwight, whose own wife volunteered to marry Negan in exchange for sparing his life.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Reedus talked about the episode and why Daryl was so stubborn about not claiming Negan’s name as his own.
“Daryl can’t say, ‘I’m Negan,’ because he would be giving up what Glenn was to him and what he was to all of the group,” Reedus explained. “Glenn was the heart of the group; he was the optimist and he believed in people. If Daryl was to say, ‘I am Negan,’ he would be disrespecting the memory of Glenn.”
Next week, “The Walking Dead” will return with a 90-minute episode titled “Service” and will feature Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan’s first encounter since the premiere.
In the promo, Negan is seen rattling the steel gate with Lucille, calling out, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” Rick and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) are seen looking worried, and later, Rick tells everyone that he’s not the man who’s going to lead them.
“I’m not in charge anymore,” says Rick. “Negan is.”
Michonne (Danai Gurira) is seen looking furious as she aims a gun at something in the distance, and towards the end of the clip, Negan smiles at a stunned Rick before he turns away.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.