There are two controversial scenes in “Monsters” that portray Daryl Dixon as a villain. Both involve executions that didn’t have to happen. Likewise, both actions upset Rick Grimes.
After a long conversation with Morales, Rick Grimes is having an internal battle of his morals. As he tries to tell Morales how they aren’t the same, he’s interrupted when Daryl bursts in and kills their old friend with his bow.
“I know who he was… Don’t matter,” said Daryl. “Not one little bit.” In the next breath, he asked, “Did you find them guns?”
Daryl Dixon Doesn’t Negotiate
Later in the episode, a lone shooter fires at Rick and Daryl after everyone else has left. Rick and Daryl Dixon take cover, and Rick opens a dialogue with the man. Our hero then gives his word he won’t kill the shooter.
The shooter turns out to be the feeble worker from “The Damned,” who was getting pushed around by the Lieutenant (who was eaten by a walker). The worker tells Rick that the guns were just moved, proving Dwight is still on their side.
As the worker stood and asked if he can leave, Daryl shoots him.
Daryl Dixon, Man Of Principles…
You can tell these two actions both upset Rick Grimes, but he doesn’t say anything to his brother. Instead, he continues with their plans, but you can tell these moral issues are weighing on Rick’s mind.
Daryl Dixon seems to be the only character who doesn’t need to debate the prisoner/surrender conversation. Jesus and Tara argue over what to do, but Daryl just pulls the trigger and avoids talking altogether.
Again, Daryl Dixon reminds us of Aldo Raine from Inglorious Basterds. If you’re a bad guy, you’re always a bad guy. This statement is true when Aldo carves a swastika in a man’s head who surrenders and helps them win the war.
It’s the principle.
With that in mind, it’s entirely possible that once the war is over, Daryl Dixon will kill Dwight, despite the fact he’s helping them win the war. He views the Saviors the same way he sees the walkers meaning neither can coexist.
Do you think Daryl Dixon is the actual “Monster” of this episode?