Why Daryl Dickson Might Die—and Why He Might Live


The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dickson might just be the most popular character on the show after Rick Grimes—but this fan favorite wasn’t even a part of the original comic book series! Daryl and his brother are original characters created especially for the TV show. But that hasn’t stopped Daryl from quickly becoming one of the most popular characters on the series, to the point where many fans say that Daryl could never be killed due to the subsequent fan outrage that would ensue. But could Daryl Dickson die in the show? Or is he immune to the concept of “everyone can die” concept that the showrunners frequently bring out before and after character deaths? Let’s look at a few reasons why Daryl Dickson might die in the show—and why he might just stick around.

He is the #1 fan favorite character on the show—after Rick Grimes

While some fan favorites have been killed before (Hershel, anyone?) there is no denying that the fan base for Daryl Dickson is not just way bigger—but way louder, too. Killing a fan favorite this popular might just spell doom for the show, especially since fans love to tune in each week to see what trouble Daryl gets into—or gets out of.

the-walking-dead It would be the best way for the writers to shake up the status quo

Many fans have gotten comfortable with the idea of Daryl being safe on the show due to his popularity. The writers could kill Daryl off as a way to really shake up the status quo and let everyone watching now: everyone can die, no matter how popular, no matter how cool, and no matter how badass their character is.

He could still leave the show through means other than death

Daryl leaving the show doesn’t necessarily have to end in death. The show’s writers could write Daryl off through other means, such as exile or becoming lost.



It may be difficult for the group to survive without him

Daryl is one of the strongest killers in the group; he also has the most knowledge of living in the woods and surviving in rugged conditions. Without Daryl, the group would be missing the person who knows how to set up just about any kind of trap, who knows how to hunt, and who has been able to get them out of tight situations again and again. You can find other home entertainment options here.

What Does Eugene’s Betrayal Mean For The Walking Dead?


It likely came as no surprise to Walking Dead fans who read the comics—or those who could pick up in the suspicious behavior Eugene exhibited during the show—but the cat is finally out of the bag: Eugene confessed to Abraham, Rosita and the rest of the group that he was not really a scientist; he had never worked for the government; and, most importantly, he did not have a cure for the virus.

The news shocked the group, but the episode ended shortly after and left viewers wondering: What’s next? How will the group handle this news? There are three likely scenarios that the writers could decide to take.

Scenario: The group abandons Eugene
This is a somewhat likely scenario. After all that has happened, and all they have sacrificed for Eugene and his lies, Abraham and Rosita could decide to abandon Eugene. It’s not likely that Tara, Glenn and Maggie will do the same, simply because they don’t have the same amount of baggage that Rosita and especially Abraham have. Abraham has repeatedly been shown to have a severe emotional investment in Eugene and this complete break of his trust and everything he’s known for months could cause him to abandon the person he once protected.

Scenario: The group tries to return to Rick’s group
This is the most likely scenario. The group, realizing that their only chance of survival now is to merge with Rick’s group and continue on with them, will attempt to backtrack and catch up with Rick before they leave the church. Of course, in true Walking Dead fashion this reunion probably won’t be easy, and could take a few episodes—at least—to happen.eugene-betrayal-scene

It may also be likely that not all of the group will make it back to Rick and company. The show is well known for killing off supporting characters, which means anyone from Abraham to Eugene or even Tara could die.



Scenario: The group continues to Washington D.C.
This is the least likely scenario, but some fans are speculating that Abraham, Rosita and Eugene will still try to make it to Washington D.C. in the hopes that the capital has really set up some sort of safe zone. They may decide that they have already come this far and that it would be pointless to change course so late in the game.