The closing moments of The Walking’ Dead’s season 8 finale were definitely tough for fans to watch. It saw Maggie and Daryl deciding to take a stand against Rick and his decision to keep Negan alive, and while Maggie’s resistance didn’t come as too much of a surprise, Daryl’s insertion of himself in the coup was more unsettling for viewers. Well, according to Norman Reedus things are going to have to get worse between the two brothers before they get better.
Rick and Daryl’s friendship certainly was challenged through most of season eight as the two often shared different viewpoints on how to handle the Saviors and occasionally acted on them without informing the other. Heading into season nine, Daryl will be in search of his place, but there is one friendship fans can be assured will remain solid.
Season nine will already be an interesting narrative to follow as Andrew Lincoln will be departing the series midway through. So, it will be tough for fans to watch the two have such a strained relationship with only a limited number of episodes together, but Reedus assures that even though Daryl will be speaking his mind more, it’s always with love.
At San Diego Comic-Con, Reedus echoed that thought while speaking to Variety saying that much like brothers, Rick and Daryl fight, but at the end of the day, they will always be family.
All we have to say is that Rick and Daryl can be on the outs in season nine just as long as everything is solid between them come Rick’s final episode.