Why Daryl is a Commonwealth soldier now


Daryl Dixon joined the Commonwealth Army in The Walking Dead season 11… but does he really joined the Commonwealth Army? Although Maggie proves her scythe is sharper than the Reapers and Aaron pulls off a physically impossible punch, The Walking Dead“No Other Way” mostly plays out as one would expect. Alexandria gets the food she needs from Meridian, then Commonwealth delegates arrive after ousting the community location of an Eugene whose stomach is too full of ice cream and Stephanie-related butterflies to get by. worry.

The last moments of The Walking Dead Episode 9 of Season 11 then takes audiences completely by surprise, jumping forward six months and showing Maggie at Hilltop facing off against a squad of Commonwealth soldiers who don’t seem to come by for tea. The biggest surprise comes when the team leader unmasks himself and Daryl Dixon’s face emerges from under the helmet. It’s anti-establishment rebel, eternal lone wolf Daryl Dixon, now dressed in the unidentifiable white armor of a Commonwealth soldier, and threatening one of his oldest friends with violence unless she does not open his door.


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Of all the Walking Dead characters that viewers might imagine signing up for Commonwealth military service, Daryl would be low on the list somewhere below Dog and Gracie. Although it may appear Daryl sold out faster than Metallica in the 1990s, that’s all that’s simple in The Walking Dead season 11, dramatic end of episode 9? Is Daryl perhaps working undercover, and does his true loyalty remain firmly with his friends?

Why Daryl (Probably) Willingly Joins The Commonwealth In The Walking Dead Season 11

Norman Reedus as Daryl in Walking Dead Commonwealth

Before we give free rein to conspiracy theories, Daryl Dixon’s Commonwealth membership is probably genuine…at first. In The Walking Dead Season 11’s “No Other Way” sees Daryl struggling to find a peaceful solution to the Alexandria-Reaper conflict, acting as an intermediary between Maggie and Leah, who are both crying out for blood. While Daryl’s pacifism is partially motivated by a soft spot for Leah, his war-weariness seems entirely genuine. Daryl adopted the Rick Grimes attitude of “what’s the point of fighting if the fighting doesn’t stop?” He recognizes that for Alexandria to progress, they need to stop getting rid of cans of beans. These sentiments may seem hypocritical on the part of Daryl Dixon, but they are also proof of the evolution of the character of Norman Reedus through The Walking Deadthe 11 seasons. Daryl reaffirms those feelings to Gabriel, admitting, “I’m just thinking about choices… and do they matter anymore?

So when Daryl Dixon is presented with a choice to join the Commonwealth or stay plugged into the same old cycle, it’s perhaps unsurprising that he buys what Lance Hornsby sells. At least not as surprising as it would have been back in The Walking Deadfrom previous seasons.

And if Daryl Dixon really comes to the Commonwealth with honest intentions, it’s only natural that he joins its military ranks. A nomadic soul in a uniform that takes away his identity is certainly an odd sight, but combat is Daryl’s only way to earn his living behind the walls of the Commonwealth. Politicians have no use for his leadership style, they produce food without the need for bowhunters, and Daryl had no notable occupation before the zombie outbreak. As uncomfortable as he may be with the concept, joining the military is how Daryl makes the Commonwealth of Alexandria alliance. to work. However, something is clearly wrong…

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Theory: Daryl is a double agent against the Undead Commonwealth

Norman Reedus as Daryl in The Walking Dead

So Daryl Dixon’s decision to join the Commonwealth makes sense, but something still doesn’t add up in The Walking Dead season 11, episode 9 gob-smacking final scene. Even though Daryl walks through the gate of the Commonwealth without a second thought; even if he swallows his pride and joins Mercer’s army, it’s surely not within Daryl’s ethical ability to march a unit past Hilltop and intimidate Maggie, order or no. Such radically out-of-character behavior may imply that Daryl is not loyal to the Commonwealth after all, and he’s on a secret undercover mission, trying not to blow his cover.

Of all The Walking DeadOf the surviving protagonists, Daryl is the one you send to gather intelligence when a new enemy appears. Whether as a prisoner of Sanctuary or a member of the Claimants, Daryl always seems to thrive behind enemy lines. He remains silent and lies low, patiently earns his opponent’s trust, and then strikes to prevent him from being hurt. real friends. Daryl’s stealth skills proved particularly useful against Reapers earlier in The Walking Dead season 11. Exploiting his connection to Leah, Daryl insinuated himself into Pope’s group and helped launch a covert attack, as Maggie, Negan, Elijah, and Gabriel arrived from the outside. For someone you might not immediately associate with the performing arts, Daryl has repeatedly proven himself to be a very compelling actor.

“No Other Way” also alludes Why Daryl could sneak around acting like a loyal Commonwealth soldier. When Lance Hornsby presents his deal to Alexandria, it’s truly a “no strings attached” deal. This is not a Negan situation where the cost of refusal is certain death. Maggie clearly felt her interests were better suited away from Commonwealth influence, but that doesn’t mean there should be such a tense beef between the communities six months on. Something must have happened during The Walking Dead the final time jump of Season 11 that forced the characters to choose sides. This would be the perfect opportunity for Daryl to to pretend he was part of the Commonwealth team, while using his position as a soldier to both provide intelligence to Maggie and influence Mercer’s strategy.

The Walking Dead strongly suggests that the elite social structure of the Commonwealth will trigger this impending conflict. It’s no secret that Pamela Milton hails from a political dynasty and is used to a world of haves and have-nots. And, already, cracks in the Commonwealth’s cheerful exterior are showing – Yumiko’s brother being dragged for icing rather than practicing medicine, the hateful Sebastian imprisoned Eugene, and more. After six months of Commonwealth inequality, any hope Daryl Dixon may have had to make their alliance work could quickly turn into a clandestine operation to bring down the Miltons – one where his position as a soldier proves invaluable.

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The Walking Dead Has Already Showed Daryl’s Commonwealth Betrayal

Okea Eme Akwari as Elijah Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Norman Reedus as Daryl in The Walking Dead

Regardless of why Daryl joined the Commonwealth and whether he’s secretly an undercover double agent, The Walking Dead has more or less confirmed his betrayal already. In the final sting of The Walking Deadfrom “No Other Way”, Lauren Cohan’s Maggie is at Hilltop wearing a black top and an unbuttoned collar. Elijah next to her dons a black T-shirt under a gray hoodie. A black tunic can also be seen under Daryl’s bloodstained Commonwealth armor.

In the trailer for The Walking Dead season 11, part 2, a shot (see above) shows Maggie and Elijah in the same clothes, except this time inside Hilltop fences (note the ladder in the background). Daryl Dixon stands next to the pair, wearing the same black tunic, but without the white armor and now packing his traditional crossbow, which is nowhere to be seen in the “No Other Way” flashforward. Based On The Set And Costumes, This Trailer Image Has To Drop after the tense standoff outside Hilltop. Daryl has ditched his armor, found his trademark weapon (maybe Maggie was keeping it safe for him?), and now stands with his friends rather than against them. Either Daryl betrayed the Commonwealth all along and the Hilltop incursion forced him to finally take cover, or he can’t bring himself to take action against Maggie and hand over his Commonwealth membership card on the- field.

Later footage from the trailer throws additional weight behind Daryl’s betrayal theory, showing Norman Reedus’ character smashing an unmasked Commonwealth soldier in the face with the butt of his rifle. The Army’s human resources department might have something to say about that, so this fight likely happens after Daryl ditched his “loyal soldier” facade and sided with Maggie in The Walking Dead season 11.

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