As if you needed reminding, the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead saw Glenn and Abraham killed by Negan. However, Abraham was the pick of the new villain. Glenn's death came as a result of Daryl punching Negan in the face when he was clearly instructed not to.
It took over a dozen episodes but Daryl and Maggie finally acknowledged the moment in Episode 7x14 (The Other Side). Being trapped in a Hilltop cellar, the two discussed the moments from Episode 7x01 (The Day Will Come When You Won't Be) which have apparently been weighing heavily on the little Dixon brother.
Showrunner Scott Gimple recently opened up about the moment while talking to Variety, highlighting Daryl's perspective and his favorite elements of the moment.
"It's somewhat a matter of getting to the end of the season, things coming to a close in a lot of ways," Gimple said. "And that was something that had been hanging there between these characters, which was this distance based on Daryl's shame. What Maggie does for him is one of the most beautiful things, to tell him that it's okay, to release him from this guilt. It's so important, and, I hope, so beautiful."
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According to Gimple, this is indicates how the world has changed Maggie after experiencing so much loss. "The thing I liked about it is, if you go back all the way to Season 2, the Maggie from that era who had not gone through the things she went through probably wouldn't have had the same reaction," Gimple said. "She wouldn't necessarily have been as charitable. But she's changed and grown up. And on top of that she really is becoming a leader. It's an incredibly mature moment."
"Inasmuch as that she offered Daryl this very beautiful thing of forgiveness — I don't think she ever thought of it as something to blame him for, so forgiveness is a little weird — it's also just showing, as a character, who she is now and who she's become. That was exciting, seeing this character who had been a little harder on people or angrier sometimes winding up in a place of peace. Not zen peace — it's all in service of her wanting to win this battle and set the world right, she wants some people wiped from the face of the earth. So that's not zen. But she's being a leader about it. And she's cool about it. It's not a showy kind of strength. It's getting the job done. Lauren Cohan, she's formidable."
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