Violet recaps Season 7 Episode 3 of The Walking Dead, titled The Cell, which focuses on Daryl and his experience of being held captive by Negan. Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
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Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 3: The Cell
The episode opens with Dwight having a good time watching an old episode of Who’s the Boss? and taking shots with a lady friend. He goes to the cafeteria, where a fight breaks out, but he stays out of it. He’s more concerned with finding ingredients to make himself a sandwich: bread, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, and eggs. It seems these supplies have come from the people they’ve suppressed and forced to hand over their stuff. He does have to take a moment out of his day to kneel down to Negan as he passes by. Outside, he watches as some captives wrangle walkers that they keep restrained behind a fence.
After he finishes his sandwich, Dwight makes another sandwich, this time with just bread and canned dog food. Then he brings the sandwich to Daryl, who is naked and being kept in a pitch black cell. Daryl takes the sandwich and begins to eat it. Dwight locks the cell and leaves Daryl in complete darkness once more.
Later, Daryl is awakened by a happy, upbeat song, “Easy Street.” Dwight brings him another sandwich. The song seems to play on a loop. Dwight later brings Daryl another sandwich, but also brings him some clothes. After Daryl gets dressed, Dwight comes and gets him out of the cell, and brings him to the doctor, Carson. However, he is just finishing up with Sherry, the woman who was with Dwight when Daryl first met him. She has just taken a pregnancy test, but it turned out negative. Before Sherry leaves, she gives Daryl some advice: whatever they say, just do it. Then the doctor begins examining Daryl, saying Negan will take care of him.
As Dwight leads Daryl down the hall, they come across Negan, who wants to have a word with Dwight. Another of Negan’s men stands guard over Daryl, pointing a gun at him, while Negan and Dwight talk. Then Dwight takes Daryl outside to see the men dressed in clothes similar to Daryl who are wrangling the walkers. Dwight tells Daryl he can be like them, or him.
He brings brings Daryl back to his cell, where Daryl says he’s never going to kneel. Dwight remembers that he said that himself, and is pretty sure Daryl will kneel. Daryl begins going crazy from being trapped in his cell and listening to “Easy Street” on a loop.
Negan praises Dwight for his work with Daryl, and is confident that Daryl will soon break. He then says that he’ll allow Dwight to have some time with any woman he wants that says yes. However, Dwight declines. Just then, they get a message on the walkie talkie that someone has run away. Dwight says he’ll take care of it, even when Negan tells him that someone else could do it. Dwight heads out on a motorcycle.
While Dwight is out, someone else takes over his duty of delivering food to Daryl. Then Daryl figures out that the door wasn’t closed all the way and is able to sneak out of his cell. Sherry catches him, but advises him to go back to his cell, saying that they will catch him, and it will be worse for him when they bring him back. But he ignores her and continues outside anyway. He sees some motorcycles and runs to them, but is immediately surrounded by Negan and his men.
Dwight comes across a section of road which has dead walkers scattered around. He soon sees why — they’re jumping from the overpass above. One jumps and attacks him.
Negan asks each of his men who they are. They all reply “Negan.” Negan points out that he is everywhere. He gives Daryl three options: work for him as a dead man, work for points (but he’ll wish he were dead), or work for him and live like a king. Negan pretends like he’s going to bash Daryl’s head in, but Daryl doesn’t even flinch. He leaves to get a drink while his men beat up Daryl.
Up ahead, Dwight sees a man wrestling off a walker. Dwight tackles the man to the ground.
Meanwhile, Sherry talks to Daryl through his cell door. She brings up when they stole his stuff in the woods, and says she’s sorry.
It seems that the man Dwight caught was the man he was after who had escaped from Negan. The man mentions Dwight’s wife. He tells Dwight it’s okay with him if he shoots him, and says that he can’t go back, that there’s nothing left. Dwight convinces the man to keep walking, and shoots him.
Dwight comes across Sherry in the stairwell, and they smoke together. He asks if Negan’s good to her. She says yes. Sherry asks Dwight if he’s happy. He says yes, and that he did the right thing, that it’s better than being dead.
Daryl is still forced to listen to “Easy Street” on repeat in his cell. Dwight tells Daryl he should be dead, but Negan’s taken a shine to him. Then he tapes a Poloraid picture to the wall and tells Daryl not to forget. Daryl rips it off the wall, looks at it, and begins to cry. Dwight has been standing outside Daryl’s cell and hears him crying. Satisfied, he walks away.
The next day, Dwight brings Daryl to see Negan. Negan explains that Dwight, Sherry, and Tina used to work for points. Tina fell behind on points, so Negan asked her to marry him. That’s when the three of them stole Tina’s medicine and ran away. Negan sent his men after them, but eventually, Dwight came back on his own. Dwight begged him not to kill Sherry, then Sherry said she would marry Negan if he didn’t kill Dwight. Then Dwight “got the iron” but was still on board, and is now one of Negan’s top guys. Negan says he thinks Daryl can be one of his top guys as well. All Daryl has to do is answer one question: Who are you? Daryl doesn’t answer. Negan asks again. Daryl looks defiantly into Negan’s eyes and replies, “Daryl.”
Dwight brings Daryl back to his cell. Daryl says he gets why Dwight did what he did – he was thinking about someone else. Daryl says that’s why he can’t.
Dwight goes outside and watches the fence of walkers and their wranglers. There’s a new addition to the fence. It’s the man that Dwight went after earlier. He shot him in the back.
Her Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 3: The Cell
Well, I did ask for a continuation of the Negan storyline line last week… but this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I mean, yes, I did want to see what happened to Daryl, but I still also wanted to know what happened with Rick and the rest of the group after Negan left them and they went back to Alexandria. Again, I would have preferred if it switched back and forth between the different storylines.
Additionally, we got a lot more insight into Dwight and Sherry, which I hadn’t really been ever expecting, nor did I really care. I would have been just fine not learning more about their backgrounds. But I suppose it’s helpful to find out just what exactly motivates a person to want to become part of Negan’s group. You know, other than survival.
I was glad to see that Daryl is still Daryl underneath it all. He is still defying Negan, as much as he can. Daryl may be bent, but he’s not broken. The question is, how long will Negan allow Daryl to defy him before he does something about it? And what exactly will he do about it?
His Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 3: The Cell