Do you still love Daryl?
Yes, Anon. I still love Daryl. And I assure you so does Rick. Maggie. Rosita. Carl. And the rest of the gang. As we all know, Daryl is a victim of child abuse. Imagine how he might have felt watching someone like Negan beat and humiliate his family. The taunting with Rosita made him react. These are all broken people living in an unimaginably savage world and they are sometimes going to react. He surely had no idea what the repercussions would be. Daryl has always been selfless. Has always offered his life for others. (Rick’s and Aaron’s quickly come to mind). He was trying to give his life up to take a chance at this evil man and his expectation, I’m sure, was his own death.
Daryl will carry the weight of this forever. He will feel responsible for Michonne and Glenn and Rosita chasing after him. He will feel guilty about Glenn’s death. But the thing is- they will all put this on their shoulders.
Maggie already showed that she feels guilty that the run to Hilltop was for her. Rick clearly feels guilty that he led them all into a trap. There is plenty of guilt to go around. But it’s none of their faults. It’s Negan’s. He is the one who terrorized and tortured and killed.
Rick has had many breakdowns. Glenn has. Sasha has. And Daryl has. It makes them human.
I do not blame Daryl. Nor would I blame Glenn if Negan went for Maggie and Glenn tried to attack, earning Daryl the date with Lucille instead. I would grieve Daryl, yes. But never would I blame one of our beloved core characters for reacting to such horrors.
I hope everyone can understand. Daryl did nothing but try to protect his family. And as for the fandom right now, well… Everyone is grieving. We had two horrific, unimaginable losses. And I’m sure once the dust settles, we will all continue to watch and hope for team family to come out of this stronger.
Peace and Love,