I don’t know if you know this, but I’m a bit of a The Walking Dead fan.
For years I have seen the rise of hated characterswitnessed some Absolutely heartbreaking death, and fell in love with all kinds of zombie killers. Now, in its eleventh and final seasonI find myself looking longingly at one of my favorite characters from the show – and someone who a lot other fans love – Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus.
Hands down, the show’s original character exploded and had fans saying, “If Daryl dies, we riot,” and honestly, I can still see that happening to this day, considering he’s the one of the only original characters from the first season still around, in addition to her best friend, Carol. But, we’re not here to talk about Carol today, we’re here to look back at Daryl Dixon’s best moments throughout. The Walking Dead.
When Daryl somehow ran away in the forest (Season 2, “Chupacabra”)
Let’s be honest – we all thought Daryl was a little gross in this episode when he came back with a creepy necklace of walker ears around his neck – damn it, I’m gagging just thinking about it – but it was pretty tough to be baked in the season 2 episode, “Chupacabra” when Daryl was able to somehow save himself after falling into a ditch and falling on his clean The arrow. Fighting this pain is damn amazing.
When Daryl went against Merle’s words and saved the family on the bridge (Season 3, “Home”)
At this early stage The walking dead, Daryl got pretty close with Rick and company, but of course Merle, Daryl’s older brother who was still the biggest asshole alive, had to come back. However, even when Merle told Daryl to leave a family to die on a bridge in the Season 3 episode, “Home”, Daryl refused and saved them from the walkers.
It shows how far Daryl has gone as a person from an ignorant redneck in season one to a really good man now – albeit with a few flaws. Sure, Michael Rooker as Merle in those scenes was great too.
When he blew up a tank with a grenade (Season 4, “Too Far Gone”)
The Governor was certainly one of the best Walking Dead bad guys, and the war that took place at the prison in Season 4’s “Too Far Gone” is hard to beat. In a way, Rick and co. get away with few deaths besides Hershel’s big death, thanks to their skillful fights.
Daryl – being, well, Daryl – uses his own quick thinking when the Governor’s side brings in an entire tank. He throws a grenade into the tank’s gunner, and it detonates the tank from the inside. Talk about quick thinking – and a bold way to take out the shooter.
And when he hit one of those suitors (Season 4, “A”)
I hated the Applicants. Like, with fucking passion, I thought they were therefore useless. But I’ll admit that in “A” Season 4, how they’re eliminated is quite possibly one of my favorite villains I’ve ever killed. The Walking Dead.
While Rick is literally busy heartbreaking the leader’s jugular, Daryl takes it upon himself to free Carl from the man who was going to attack the boy and slam him to the ground – followed by a vicious headbutt the monster deserved. It was a tense scene and perfectly summed up that Daryl would never betray his family – and it doesn’t help that Rick tells Daryl shortly after that he’s his “brother”. The aqueducts are already coming.
The Three-Headed Chain Kill (Season 5, “Conquer”)
The season 5 finale of The walking dead, “Conquer” had many big moments, including the return of Season 1 character Morgan and Rick taking over as head of Alexandria, but is it bad that one of the moments I remember the more be this walker killer?
Daryl and Aaron go out together and it ends with Morgan being found, but meanwhile they are swarmed by walkers after setting a trap. Using a chain thrown on the ground at one point, Daryl picks it up and swings, popping the heads out of three walkers the same time.
Good lord. I remember my exact reaction when this happened in 2015 and I’m pretty sure I almost passed out. One of the sickest zombies to date.
When he took out a whole bunch of Negan’s men – with a rocket launcher (season 6, “No Way Out”)
Come on, you applauded him too. As unrealistic as it is, this moment has been badass in “No Way Out” during season 6 of The Walking Dead.
When Daryl, Sasha and Abraham are stopped by a group of Saviors, one of them takes Daryl behind the truck to do a search, but he secretly kills the Saviors, grabs the RPG, and blasts the other Saviors with a killing blow . It’s intense, explosive, and exactly what you’d expect from someone like Daryl.
When He Never Knelt Before Negan (Season 7, “The Cell”)
While Daryl and Negan are (reluctantly) working together now, in “The Cell”, during season 7 of The walking dead, they were not buddy-buddy. After Glenn and Abraham are killed, Negan and the Saviors kidnap Daryl and bring him back to their compound, constantly torturing him.
However, even though Negan says it will all end if Daryl kneels right in front of him and becomes one of them, Daryl refuses. While it’s not him beating someone or killing a walker, it’s definitely one of his most badass moments for his resilience and devotion to Rick and his family.
When Daryl Killed Morales – No Questions Asked (Season 8, “Monsters”)
The return of Morales was incredibly pointless, in my eyes, but I won’t deny that his kill in “Monsters” in Season 8 was awesome. Morales confronts Rick, revealing that he now works for Negan and has lost everything, but even though Rick tries to appeal to the man again after breaking up all those years ago, Daryl comes out of nowhere. leaves and shoots the man.
Morales is dead within seconds, and even though Daryl recognizes him, he shows no remorse. This scene sticks in my head as a moment where you know Daryl will literally do anything for Rick – but then again, I still think Morales could have been brought back in a much better way.
When Daryl (with Connie) saves Lydia and Henry from the Whisperers (Season 9, “Guardians”)
The war of whispers in The Walking Dead was always going to be a completely crazy festival, but even before the madness started, we had some great scenes like this. In the Season 9 episode, “Guardians”, Lydia and Henry are taken by the Whisperers, but Daryl and Connie, disguised as the enemy, enter their group and save them.
It’s tense, suspenseful, and the perfect way to show just how dangerous the Whisperers are through the eyes of Daryl and Connie, as they work together to get the kids back, without getting killed in the process. It’s skillful, what they both did, and I’m really impressed. I could never do that and I would probably scream at the walkers and ruin everything. I can at least enjoy it from my couch.
Daryl vs. Beta (Season 9, “Chokepoint”)
This fight, oh my God Good God.
I never thought I’d be a fan of Daryl wielding anything other than a crossbow, but man, I was a fan of that fight. Him with two knives, confronting Beta – who’s freaking out huge and utterly terrifying to me – was one of the best scenes this show has had in the past two seasons.
Beta, who works as Alpha’s right-hand man in The Walking Deadconfronts Daryl in order to get Lydia back in Season 9’s “Chokepoint.” However, that fight ends with Daryl getting the upper hand and sneaking up on Beta, pushing him down an elevator shaft to his presumed death – until until we see it later.
And when Daryl stabs Beta in the eye (Season 10, “A Certain Doom”)
We can’t forget when Daryl finally gets a beta throwback in The walking dead, during the season 10 “finale” (before its six extended episodes), “A Certain Doom”.
After Negan and Beta fight through a whole herd of walkers, and it looks like Beta is going to get the upper hand, Daryl sneaks up behind him again and this time stabs Beta in both of his eyes, permanently blinding him. .
This, in turn, leads to Beta being killed by walkers as they begin to consume his flesh while Daryl helps Negan escape, successfully ending the Whisperer War. It’s a moment that really stands out from the rest and it’s the perfect ending for Beta. I have to like it.
When Daryl Finally Dropped the Big F-Bomb (Season 11, “Trust”)
Last but not least, I have to put this here for one of the last episodes of The walking dead, “Trust” from season 11.
Now that the Commonwealth story is fully unfolding, Daryl worked with the military there, but when they decide to further investigate Hilltop after Maggie refuses them entry, Daryl won’t let them hurt his life. family at Hilltop, i.e. Maggie and her crew, as well as Maggie’s son, Hershel, whom Lance (one of Hilltop’s leaders) talks to.
In a tense stalemate after Elijah (one of the Hilltop residents) confronts Lance, Daryl tells the Commonwealth leader, “You messed this place up and found nothing. So unless you want to die for nothing, you better drop the gun before anything really bad happens.
Although the “f-bomb” has been featured in the Blu-ray versions of the series, or in muted material, it’s never been said so openly in the series until now (surprisingly). Honestly, it’s only fitting that Daryl, of all people, is the one saying this. It will definitely end up being one of the character’s most iconic lines Again.
With the series on the way for another nine episodes at the time of this writing, who knows if there will be any more intense and crazy moments that I’ll want to include in this list. Until then, I can at least sleep well at night knowing that Daryl is the most badass man in The walking dead, and I will die on this hill. I’m still in my own “If Daryl dies, we riot” phase until this damn show ends.