4 Hacks Daryl Dixon Taught Us About Apocalyptic Survival

4 Prepper Hacks Daryl Dixon Taught Us About Apocalyptic Survival

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-05-06    4 min read

Daryl Dixon is one of the main characters and original survivors on The Walking Dead. The younger brother of bad seed Merle Dixon, Daryl came on the show as a redneck hunter, but quickly stole the hearts of fans around the globe. His talents at hunting, tracking, and navigation made him a fundamental player in Rick’s group.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

While there is no actual zombie apocalypse happening in today’s world, that doesn’t mean that people should not be prepared for anything. Among his many talents, Daryl Dixon has taught fans the truth about loyalty, how to live and survive alone, the importance of living off the land, how to track, and when to use a crossbow.

Daryl Dixon Taught Us True Loyalty

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

When SHTF, loyalty is one of the most important virtues for any survivor. On The Walking Dead, people quickly started to partner up and prepare for the worst of the worst. Eugene, for example, partnered with Abraham and Rosita to make sure he survived the outbreak. He traded his brains for their brawn.

Daryl Dixon, on the other hand, partnered with his brother until he realized he no longer had to put blood first. Daryl’s loyalty shifted to morality as he partnered with Rick Grimes. The two still have their problems now and again, but Daryl proved that his loyalty cannot be taken.

When our hero was taken by the Saviors, he never rolled over to surrender or join the bad guys. Instead, he suffered through various forms of torture to prove he was only loyal to the good guys. In reality, this type of loyalty will be vital when real problems happen and people need to work together.

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Brock Swinson


Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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