Even though it feels like it just started, season 5 of The Walking Dead is on the verge of wrapping up for the year and going on its annual mid-season hiatus. As usual, AMC’s hit zombie drama likes to leave an impression when going on a break, and if you’ve been watching, you know that a clash of epic proportions, another one, is on the horizon. While that’s to be expected, there may be some surprises in store.
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Now that Daryl (Norman Reedus) knows where Beth (Emily Kinney) is, and especially since Carol (Melissa McBride) is there as well, he went back to the church to gather up Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the others to help get their people back. That’s where we are right now, and like I said, it’s no surprise that there is going to be a confrontation of some sort, probably quite violent, between the survivors and Officer Dawn’s forces at the hospital in Atlanta.
So we know that the main crew is going to approach the hospital full what are essentially slaves, or at least indentured servants, but according to EW, there is going to be some disagreement among them about how to go about getting their people back. It’s easy to imagine Rick, never one for subtlety, wanting to go the bull-in-a-china-shop route, while others argue for a more measured approach.
No matter what they do, nothing will reportedly go as planned, which is par for the Walking Dead course, but the most intriguing part of this, however, is the line “you’ll be surprised by whose side Daryl falls on.”
So what exactly does that mean? The simplest explanation is that Daryl, always Rick’s right hand man, disagrees with the leader of the group. If I had to hazard a guess, that’s what I’d go with. Within that, however, there are tons of possibilities. Like maybe Daryl thinks Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) has the best plan. That would certainly be a bit of a shock. Or maybe Noah (Tyler James Williams) has an idea since he has a more intimate working knowledge of the hospital.
Especially if Rick wants to go full frontal assault, you can see Daryl wanting to go another route because that could put Beth and Carol in danger, and however this goes, that’s going to be his number one priority. He has more of a connection with those two than anyone else on the show, and he’s not going to risk their safety in any way.
Then again, maybe Daryl is the one who wants to go in crossbow’s a-blazin’. Who the hell knows. We’ll have to see how it plays out over the last two episodes of 2014, but no matter how it does down, there are big changes coming down the pipe for The Walking Dead.