Norman Reedus Says Daryl Blames Himself for Glenn’s Death

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After Negan brutally murdered Abraham on The Walking Dead season premiere, Daryl punched him in the face. Did his actions really then lead to Glenn’s death?

Fans around the globe are still reeling from Sunday night’s shocking Walking Dead premiere. After a six month wait, we finally learned who Negan took out in the Season 6 finale. It turned out the victim of Negan’s game of “eeny-meeny-miny-moe” was Abraham.

However, after he bludgeoned Abraham to death, Negan then began to taunt Rosita. It was all finally too much for Daryl to take. He jumped up and punched Negan right in the face. Rather than punish Daryl for his outburst, Negan “shut that shit” down by then brutally killing Glenn instead.

Breaking Up the Family

The cast is a tight-knit group, and actor Norman Reedus said he laments the loss of both Steven Yuen and Michael Cudlitz.

“It’s hard, always, to say goodbye to people on the show,” Reedus said. “Some characters it’s harder to say goodbye to than others. Both of those characters are so important to the show and they’re very well respected with the other actors and they’re all good friends of ours. It’s always hard but, when it’s certain characters, it’s really hard.”

Daryl Blames Himself

Of course, it’s pretty easy to draw a line from Daryl’s actions to Glenn’s death. So, as you might expect, Daryl takes it particularly hard.

“I think it weighs heavily on him,” 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.”

Negan's bloody bat, Lucille, on The Walking Dead
Image Credit: AMC

“He goes very, very dark,” Reedus said. “He does certain things that he can’t go back from, and goes to a very, very dark, dark place. It’s a combination of hatred, and 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. But 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.”

Bonds are Stretched But Not Broken

With Daryl now a prisoner of war, more or less, and Abraham and Glenn gone, the group dynamic is going to be shaken up quite a bit this season. And what about the special brotherly bond between Daryl and Rick? Will Rick blame Daryl for Glenn’s death, too?

“The bond between Rick and Daryl…As the family breaks apart and loses family members and stuff like that, the bond just gets closer with the people that are still there,” Reedus said. “That bond doesn’t go anywhere, but through a series of events this season, the dynamics change a bit. That whole group is in such a broken place right now. The bond is still there, but I don’t know if it will. It’s actually broken quite a bit.”

Things are definitely going to be rough on both sides of the fence. Rick and the group have to cope with their loss and their new status as Negan’s lapdogs. Meanwhile, Daryl will be going into the lion’s den. Who knows what horrors he might endure?

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