You walk outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breath and you risk your life. You don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.
I agree about what you said about Rick. Daryl is my fave character by far but he doesn't even have a enough of a story for even the second main character, let alone carrying a show. The Walking Dead is ultimately Rick's story. He's the one we started the show with. I can imagine a show without Daryl, Glenn, Michonne or any of the other characters but I can't imagine the show without Rick.