“The Walking Dead” Season 8 has been savage about killing off people and non-people, but one heartbreaker ahead will be the (at least temporary) death of “Rickyl.” Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon are on different sides of the Kill or Save debate that TWD is having once again. Rick wants to show mercy, even to Saviors. Daryl wants to kill them all.
That divide comes to a head in Season 8, Episode 5, “The Big Scary U.” There’s a lot more going on beyond Rick and Daryl — including a visit to Negan and Gabriel in their cozy trailer together — but here’s what happens in Rick and Daryl’s own Civil War, via The Spoiling Dead Fans:
What are Rick and Daryl doing in this episode?
They retrieve the guns from the wrecked jeep from last week, and besides the guns, there’s also a box of explosives. Daryl wants to use the explosives to go and blow the Sanctuary to kingdom-come, but Rick says absolutely not because all of the innocent workers would be killed too. They end up getting into a huge fight, and Daryl parts ways with Rick at the end. But Daryl doesn’t get his explosives. While they were beating each other up, the jeep explodes because of a gasoline leak and all those explosives go up with it.
Can you describe the fight scene between Rick and Daryl?
Rick tackles Daryl after he grabs the explosives, won’t listen to Rick, and starts to leave. Rick grabs the bag of explosives, and throws them back into the jeep, and they continue to fight. Daryl does finally realize the jeep is about to blow and pulls Rick away just in time, but he still goes his own way at the end. Rick seems to be headed to visit the Heapsters.
Which side are you on in this fight?Many fans seem to be backing Daryl’s kill them all approach, which is easy to do from a couch, knowing this is just fiction. But if you put yourself in the shoes of the characters, the Rick/Jesus approach makes sense. They’re making the argument Tyrion Lannister made to Queen Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones”: That she doesn’t want to be the queen of ashes, she wants people to live, and not live in fear of her. Rick wants to end the war with as few deaths as possible. Daryl doesn’t give a sh*t anymore, even killing their old buddy Morales without another thought, because he’s one of Them now. Kill or be killed.
The philosophical battle does seem reminiscent of “Captain America: Civil War,” with Cap and Iron Man literally battling it out over their different viewpoints. Would Rick be the Cap of TWD, with Daryl as the wise-cracking Iron Man? Hopefully Rick and Daryl don’t stay apart for too long. They are the zombie apocalypse avengers, and the dead are still out there as the real threat, growing more numerous.
Then again, if the TV show follows Robert Kirkman’s comic book when it comes to the resolution of All Out War … fans will be livid, and Daryl and Rick may be more apart in their views than ever.
Season 8 only has a few episodes left before the midseason finale, with the show likely to return a week after the Super Bowl in February 2018. Here’s what’s next, after the Nov. 19 Episode 5:
- Episode 6: “The King, the Widow, and Rick,” November 26
- Episode 7: “Time for After,” December 3
- Episode 8: “How It’s Gotta Be,” December 10
Episode 8 is the fall finale, with the second batch of eight episodes starting in 2018.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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