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The Walking Dead: What's Next for Daryl?

During the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) jumped out of line and punched Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the face in a fit of futile anger. Unfortunately, his outburst led to Glenn (Steven Yeun) getting killed and he himself getting taken prisoner by Negan.

In episode three, "The Cell," we'll catch up with Daryl as he sits in his titular Abu Ghraib-like room in the Sanctuary, the Savior's headquarters inside of an old factory. Negan wants to break Daryl and make him pledge allegiance, and he's put Dwight (Austin Amelio) in charge of making that happen.

Dwight has complicated relationships with both Negan and Daryl. When he first met Daryl back in Season 6, he had left the Saviors over something Negan was going to do to someone close to Dwight. Dwight eventually returned, obviously, and a new settlement was reached between Dwight and Negan, but Daryl is still holding some resentment toward his boss.

And even though he sees Daryl as an enemy, some part of him clearly wants to be Daryl, since he's taken so much from the younger Dixon brother -- his crossbow, his motorcycle, even his leather vest. He sees something of himself in Daryl, though whether they're really alike or it's just in Dwight's head remains to be seen.

One thing is for certain: Dwight is a threat to Daryl. And Negan is a threat to Daryl. And they want him to join them. So Daryl has to make a choice: Will he become a Savior, or will he stay true to himself?

It's not unfathomable that he drinks Negan's Kool-Aid, either, because he has a history of going to dark places emotionally when he feels sad or guilty, and since he blames himself for Glenn's death, he might be vulnerable to Negan's manipulation.

More about what's up with Daryl will be revealed on the next The Walking Dead, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9/8c on AMC.

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