The Complicated Brotherhood Between Rick Grimes And Daryl Dixon

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-08-29

Rick Grimes still had some blood around his mouth from biting out another man’s jugular when he told Daryl Dixon, “You’re my brother.” Not long before this, Daryl was actually traveling with Claimer Joe, the man Rick had killed.

“You’re My Brother,” Said Rick Grimes

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Daryl had left the group and partnered with some men he didn’t really know. He knew they rode around on motorcycles and they seemed to be hunter-gatherer types, but that was only on the outside.

When they came across Rick’s group, these men wanted to rape and kill Michonne and Rick’s son, Carl Grimes. Daryl was distraught when he discovered the truth, but Rick said, “You being back with us here, now, that’s everything.”

Rick And Daryl’s Rocky Introduction

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Yahoo writes:

“It wasn’t always so bromantical between Misters Grimes and Dixon. When the two met in Season 1, their first exchange included Daryl tossing a batch of dead squirrels at Rick and charging at him with a knife.”

“Daryl had just learned Rick, T-Dog and other members of their camp left Daryl’s big brother Merle handcuffed to a pipe on a rooftop in downtown Atlanta, poised to become easy pickings for whatever walkers might spot him.”

“In the same episode, Rick and Daryl also embarked on their first adventure together — a road trip back to the ATL to save Merle. But with Rick still wearing his cop uniform and the group ambivalent, at best, about saving the likes of racist redneck Merle, Rick and Daryl were still very much at odds.”

Daryl And Rick Prepare For War

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When the series returns, however, Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon are truly brothers in this new world. Last year, in Season 7, it was clear that Daryl would listen to Rick above all else, like when he decided to stay in the Kingdom after his escape.

It looks like Rick has given Daryl the order to round up walkers when Season 8 returns.

What do you think is next for Rick and Daryl?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is 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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