After learning Maggie (Lauren Cohan) was en route to Alexandria, Rick radioed relay Rachel (Mimi Kirkland) and ordered Maggie not be allowed into the community unsupervised lest she take her revenge on her husband’s jailed murderer, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Daryl offered Rick a ride on his motorcycle, later racing past the turnoff point. When Rick realized Daryl deceived him and the relay was sabotaged, the estranged best friends erupted into a scuffle that left them trapped in a man-made pit.
A nearby herd of walkers, drawn by sudden gunfire from the midway camp, forced Rick and Daryl to put aside their issues and work together to make their escape. Once freed from the pit and confronted with the overwhelming sea of approaching walkers, Rick opted to stay behind and lead the herd away while Daryl alerted the camp.
Wanting Rick to lure the herd to the nearby unstable bridge that would then collapse and send the walkers into the sea below, Daryl argued against Rick going off alone.
Rick, refusing to sacrifice the bridge that would connect the survivors, rode off and shepherded the herd until his spooked horse bucked him off — directly into the path of a piece of rebar.
The episode ended with Rick impaled and surrounded by walkers, a predicament some viewers are now saying was caused by Daryl. Star Norman Reedus, however, says the two brothers found themselves in a pit — literally and figuratively — because Rick has long been blinded by fulfilling the dream he promised late son Carl (Chandler Riggs), who envisioned a better and brighter future for all.
“It was a great way to end things because the thing about Rick and Daryl’s relationship this season is that Rick’s just blinded by this idea of bringing these communities together and building this bridge,” Reedus told Deadline.
“He defeated Negan and Carl wanted a better life for everybody, and before he died he wrote these letters and these letters really affected Rick. He’s blinded by this desire to build this bridge when like everything’s going against him and 90 percent of those people don’t even want a bridge, they don’t even want anything to do with each other.”
While it isn’t likely to absolve Daryl in the eyes of his detractors, Rick does make his escape from the rebar. 905, “What Comes After,” will send off Lincoln from the series — but Rick Grimes may yet survive his final episode.
The Walking Dead airs Lincoln’s final episode Sunday, November 4 at 9/8c on AMC.
Et tu, Daryl?prevnext
It's not the horse's fault that let to Rick's situation, it's Daryl's. It's his fault they fell into the ditch. If it didn't happen, Rick would still live. It's also Daryl's fault that Glenn is dead. Daryl didn't stand in line. #TheWalkingDead #RealTalk— Frank A. Kadar (@FrankAKadar) October 29, 2018
I just want to say that Rick’s death is ALL Daryl Dixon fault.— Key (@McKey125) October 29, 2018
If Daryl would have took Rick home , we wouldn’t be in this situation.
If Daryl didn’t punch Negan , Glenn would still be aliveOctober 29, 2018
The moral of the story is, it’s all Daryl’s fault. The end https://t.co/Z9nji6f2Zb— Jess (@onthin_ice) October 29, 2018
If Daryl would’ve just taken Rick BACK TO ALEXANDRIA none of that shit would’ve happened I’m just saying . But nooooo he had to go and betray his “brother” ??♀️— Sungai ☠️ (@teamrichonne) October 29, 2018
The Fault in Our Walkersprevnext
First Daryl gets Glen killed. Now this is pretty much his fault too. Way to go, Daryl.— The Lady Olive (@TheLadyOlive2) October 29, 2018
I blame Daryl. Again. #TheWalkingDead— Dawn ??♠? (@callmetulip) October 29, 2018
I love Daryl but Glenn-Daryl’s fault. Beth-part Daryl’s fault. Rick-Daryl See a pattern?— Amy McElveen (@treefrog76) October 29, 2018
I'm sorry...you can't blame Daryl. Yeah he led Rick to that hole that they fell in, but it was Rick's decision to lead the herd away. Daryl tried to stop him. #TheWalkingDead— Netta Boo ? GGA IndigeNerd (@NettaBear13) October 29, 2018
am i the only one who doesn’t blame daryl— rhon (@rcsitastark) October 29, 2018
I also have a feeling daryl will blame himself for what happens to Rick because he took him out there on his motorcycle and left him— #Carylisendgame forever ❤️❤️ (@melissa_norman) October 29, 2018