Warning: spoilers for the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead. You have been warned!
Yes, yes. Wipe your tears, little one. The Daryl Dixon cliffhanger at the end of Episode 15 “East” was plenty emotional. And with The Walking Dead‘s affinity for cliffhangers this season, it’s pretty unlikely that Daryl was actually killed at the end of the episode. But how exactly can we be sure that we are again being “Glenned”?
Well, as usual, The Spoiling Dead Fans are on the case! In late November 2015, TSDF essentially broke down this part of the episode scene by scene on their Tumblr. In their recap, Daryl and Rosita are attempting to retrieve a captured Glenn and Michonne when Dwight pops up out of nowhere and “shoots” Daryl point blank.
Fortunately for fan girls near and far, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) was seen filming Episode 16, alive and well. So while we don’t know at this time whether Daryl was shot or potentially someone else, Daryl will survive his wound. Everyone can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Later in the episode, Glenn and Michonne are tied up and gagged by the Saviors. Daryl sneakily approaches along with Rosita and attempts a rescue. Glenn and Michonne try screaming to get Daryl’s attention and let him know the Saviors are still there. All of a sudden Dwight calls out to Daryl. Dwight is right behind Daryl with a gun pointed directly at his back. Another Savior has his gun on Rosita. As Daryl turns around, Dwight pulls the trigger. “BANG!” Blood sprays everywhere. This is supposedly the end of the episode.
Now, before anyone goes into cardiac arrest, Daryl did film for episode 16 so it looks like he survives this ordeal. It’s possible that he’s not even the one who is shot. It could be a bait and switch and someone else could get the bullet. All we know is that it’s going to look like Daryl is shot.
Daryl has survived at least part of the season finale – who knows what will happen when Negan is introduced. Did you think Daryl was killed in Episode 15? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.