Disbelief. Confusion. Shock. Anger. And then a different kind of anger, the kind that comes with having been duped by the writers on The Walking Dead.
That sums up the reaction viewers had to the near-death of Glenn Rhee earlier this season, when it appeared that he’d been eaten by zombies. That same set of emotions may have overcome many The Walking Dead viewers tonight when the episode, “East,” ended with what appeared to be Daryl being shot by Dwight.
However, this time, the writers let viewers off the hook quickly. In the three and a half seconds between the time that Daryl’s blood splattered all over the camera and Dwight said, “You’ll be alright,” viewers may have believed Daryl had been killed. However, it quickly became apparent that showrunner Scott Gimple was once again toying with us. Daryl’s not dead. That bullet clearly hit below the head, and Dwight wouldn’t have said, “You’ll be alright,” if he hadn’t non-fatally shot Daryl.
He’s going to live. For one more week, anyway (and probably much longer). However, Twitter expressed an awful lot of emotion between the time that Dwight pulled the trigger and uttered the final words of the episode, and thereafter. Here’s how Twitter reacted to another The Walking Dead death scare — the good, bad, and indifferent.
WHAT THE FUCK #TheWalkingDead— Bruhks (@brooksberry10) March 28, 2016
WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED #TheWalkingDead— krissy (@_THEkrissy) March 28, 2016
What. Just. Happened. #TheWalkingDead— Andrew LaMastra (@AndrewLaMastra) March 28, 2016
Wait…did Darryl just die? #TheWalkingDead— Hadmehuh (@MoonRiver112) March 28, 2016
What the hell just happened #TheWalkingDead— TWD PICS (@TWDPICS__) March 28, 2016
Nononononononononononononononononononononononononononnono #TheWalkingDead— Side Eye Queen (@TheQueenVey) March 28, 2016
DARRYL IS NOT DEAD!!! STOP. FREAKING. OUT. #TheWalkingDead— Thad Perkins (@Mr_AndyDrew) March 28, 2016
Yo I know that didn't just happen! Hell no. #TheWalkingDead— Ari. (@_ariendanielle) March 28, 2016
That can't be Daryl's death…because I WILL BE DONE #TheWalkingDead— Morgan Faye (@morgs_lefaye) March 28, 2016
They know damn well not to kill Daryl so I'm not even going to get mad. #TheWalkingDead— Sabrina Brown (@WitchColor) March 28, 2016
I FUCKING HATE THIS MOTHERFUCKONG SHOW I FUCKING QUIT #TheWalkingDead— #VoteMackenzie (@quxxnoftnbs) March 28, 2016
I don't he's dead. He got shot in the shoulder. #TheWalkingDead— Christina (@tinarasmussen27) March 28, 2016
It's okay guys Nicholas jumped in front of the bullet #TheWalkingDead— underoos (@jaketatas) March 28, 2016
Tune in next week for The Walking Dead 90-minute season finale, which will include the introduction of Negan.