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'The Walking Dead's’ Daryl Dixon bound and gagged: Should we be worried?

'The Walking Dead's’ Daryl Dixon bound and gagged: Should we be worried?
Photo by Twitter/Entertainment Weekly

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” has been in production for weeks and today comes news that one of our favorite characters is in serious trouble. In a July 14 post on their Twitter account, Entertainment Weekly shared a photo of Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon that will just stop your heart.

In a recent but separate interview on that same site, executive producer Robert Kirkman said “There’s a lot going on with Terminus. “In our premiere episode of season 5 we’re going to give a ton of answers of who the people of Terminus are, what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, what’s going on with them. And by the end of that episode you’re going to have a much better understanding of what’s going on with them and why they’re so important to the show. Oh, and Daryl dies.”

Most in the industry are pretty sure Kirkman was only kidding but this new photo gives us cause for pause. A bound and gagged Daryl may be the thing of some fans fantasies but this particular pose is anything but exciting.

In the photo, Daryl looks badly beaten. There is blood above one eye and the other appears bruised. He is obviously bound and gagged. The look of fear in his eyes is palpable. The photo gives no other hints as to what’s going on or who’s behind the atrocity.

Recently, Yahoo! News reported that Daryl and Carol have been reunited, at least in terms of being seen together on set. While driving in a van, they are attacked by walkers and the van dives head first over an overpass. No word on what their fate is has been revealed. Could it be the cuts and bruises are from the crash? Perhaps whoever rescued Daryl simply tied him up until they could determine if he was friend or foe. The fans over at Facebook fan page The Walking Dead Ultimate Fanatics will no doubt have some interesting theories on this one.