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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8: Is Daryl the new Shane?

November 26, 2017 GMT

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8: Is Daryl the new Shane?

CLEVELAND, Ohio – There was something eerily familiar about seeing Daryl and Rick coming to blows on last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead.”

Longtime fans were, no doubt, transported back to Season 2′s fantastic episode “18 Miles Out,” when Rick and Shane took Randall to a secluded area only to find themselves fighting each other.

That Season 2 showdown was far more epic, as both Shane and Rick nearly died. Daryl, on the other hand, came to his senses. But is he headed down the same path Shane once followed to darkness?

Just because Daryl and Rick left on okay terms, doesn’t mean they’re cool with each other. Daryl still wants to kill every Savior he can get his hands on.

As Daryl tells Rick, it’s about saving their own people. But Rick has always refused that extra step that would turn him into someone like Negan or The Governor.

That’s part of what Shane and Rick’s beef was about. Shane claimed Rick didn’t have the strength to do what was necessary to protect his family and the group. The other part of their rift (the bigger part) was all about Lori.

There was a moment in “18 Miles Out” where Shane is in a car with Rick staring off into the distance at a walker that’s alone in a field. It’s a defining moment for “TWD” (It’s even in the opening credits). If you weren’t certain Shane had lost his mind that was the moment where it became clear.

Daryl isn’t at that point. But maybe he’s getting there.

There are several characters on “The Walking Dead” who want all the Saviors dead. Morgan and Tara have both expressed their desire for that to happen.

While Rick isn’t trying to create a loving community with Negan’s group like Jesus, he has a plan that’s greater than simply blowing up the Sanctuary.

Remember, Rick was standing over two graves during the Season 8 premiere’s controversial flash-forward. It wouldn’t be surprising to see someone who goes rogue from the Alexandria group filling one of those spots.

Would the show dare kill Daryl? Fans might riot. But maybe not if the series had a logical way of getting there.

Nah...they’d riot!