Daryl Dixon Asks For Forgiveness
Daryl Dixon has had a tough time, to say the least. After watching two of his best friends die brutal deaths, he was then tossed into a jail cell where he was tortured and had to dwell on the fact he may be partially responsible for Glenn’s death.
In “The Other Side,” Daryl can no longer avoid Maggie and she finally confronts him about not speaking with her. In the end, he reveals that he feels responsible for Glenn’s death and he hates himself for it.
Maggie quickly forgives him and reminds him that he’s a good person.
Showrunner Scott Gimple spoke with Variety about this touching scene:
“That was something that had been hanging there between these characters, which was this distance based on Daryl’s shame. What Maggie does for him is one of the most beautiful things, to tell him that it’s okay, to release him from this guilt. It’s so important, and, I hope, so beautiful.
“The thing I liked about it is, if you go back all the way to Season 2, the Maggie from that era who had not gone through the things she went through probably wouldn’t have had the same reaction. She wouldn’t necessarily have been as charitable. But she’s changed and grown up. And on top of that, she really is becoming a leader. It’s an incredibly mature moment.”
However, the question remains…
Will Daryl Forgive Himself?
Hopefully, Daryl accepts this forgiveness but it’s likely he’ll continue to suffer on the inside from Glenn’s death. Regardless, if he and Maggie and at least speaking, then he can continue to help Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom prepare for war.
Both of these characters have grown a great deal and this scene even compares to when Beth was killed. Daryl carried her down the stairs and outside to find Maggie, who immediately fell to her knees.
Glenn was there to help them both, but now they’ll need to help one another.
Do you think Daryl Dixon is now prepared to move on?