- Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “The Walking Dead.”
- Negan left Maggie for dead on the season 11 premiere.
- Norman Reedus said if Daryl knew that went down, he would have killed Negan on the spot.
If Daryl was around when Negan left Maggie for dead on “The Walking Dead” season premiere, Negan wouldn’t be breathing anymore.
Norman Reedus, who’s played Daryl since season one, told Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross that his character “would have slit [Negan’s] throat.”
“Hands down, he’d be dead,” Reedus added.
If you haven’t been keeping up with “TWD,” on the season 11 premiere, Maggie asks for Negan’s help while climbing up a subway car and the dead start to descend upon her.
In a shocking cliffhanger, Negan looks at Maggie, looks out at the walkers, and instead of helping her, decides to simply walk away.
Maggie then slips and falls, and that’s how the first episode ends.
Maggie survives and makes her way into the train car on episode two and tells everyone that Negan left her to die.
Negan nonchalantly goes, “Yeah. OK. So what?”, claiming that’s one interpretation of events.
“She was in trouble, and I didn’t help. There is a big difference,” Negan says.
After a quick conversation about how Negan’s an asset, Maggie’s entire group decides to let him live and move on. Gage’s cries for help elsewhere distract everyone and probably help Negan’s case.
It sounds like he was lucky Daryl wasn’t there.
Daryl had already helped Negan out on the season premiere after the former leader of the Saviors foolishly said Glenn’s name to Maggie. (As a reminder: Negan killed Glenn, Maggie’s husband, on the season seven premiere in a pretty brutal way.)
Reedus previously told EW that Daryl punched Negan on the season premiere after he spoke Glenn’s name to Maggie in order to save Negan from possibly getting killed.
“I think Daryl punches him kind of to save his life,” Reedus said. “I think it’s to save his life and to move things forward because we need to get out of the tunnel, and that could have gone a whole other direction.”
The fraught relationship between Maggie and Negan will continue to play out this season on “TWD.”
“Those two do have a continuing story as they’re trying to grapple with how they coexist,” Kang told Insider of Maggie and Negan. “Can they work together? Is there forgiveness and redemption to be found? Are they ultimately going to go back to their own corners?”
Expect to see more of the two as they’re forced to work together on Sunday’s episode.
You can follow along with our “TWD” coverage here all season long.