Entertainment Weekly: But he has that scene at the end where Daryl tells Dwight, “I get why you did it. Why you took it. You were thinking about someone else. That’s why I can’t.” So he understands why Dwight went down that road, right?
NR: Of course, and that’s a noble thing to do, but it’s the same reason why Daryl can’t do what Dwight does.
Entertainment Weekly: I love the two big scenes we have between Daryl and Negan, because the first time after he is caught trying to escape, Daryl is very defiant and doesn’t even flinch when Negan winds up to hit him with Lucille right in the face. The second scene is a bit different in that we see you flinching a bit whenever Negan starts waving the bat around, and we think maybe Daryl’s gonna break, before he says he’s Daryl, and not Negan. Is there ever a moment where he’s tempted or thinking of taking the deal? What’s going through his head there?
NR: First off, in that first scene, even being in that jail cell, Daryl’s thinking he deserves it. Like, whatever happens to him, he deserves it, but he can’t say he’s Negan because it would give up all of the hope that Glenn had. Glenn was this optimistic guy. He was his friend. He’s done so much and that’s the last thread of humanity that he has left, is saving face for his friend. It’s as much for Glenn as it is for Daryl, you know? That’s the last thing he has left.
Entertainment Weekly: Is there a part of Daryl that just wants Negan to end it? Especially that first time when he just comes at him with that bat and Daryl doesn’t flinch at all. Is there just part of him that’s just ready for it to be over?
NR: No, Daryl’s a fighter. He fights to the end, but in saying out loud his name instead of Negan’s name — it’s the last shred of himself that he has and for his friends. I assume he thinks he’s going to get killed right there when he says he’s not Negan. He’s signing up for more torture, but he’s doing it for the love of his friend.
Just in case anyone needs actual evidence of what I’ve already said. Thanks.