**This post contains spoilers or the latest episode and speculation of episodes to come**
Daryl and Noah rejoined Rick and the group, and they’ve laid out a plan to rescue Beth and Carol. Daryl sided with Tyreese and his more conservative approach to rescuing them. Is this a sign of changes that Daryl is going through, or is it because he has more at stake than anyone else? His two closest companions are in danger, and Daryl has seen how quickly things can go wrong.
Even with the conservative approach. Things go wrong. There is a shootout when they try to capture the cops, and Daryl nearly gets bit. Nice use of a walker skull as a weapon though. Then the episode ends with Sasha knocked out, and one of the cops escaping, presumably to warn the rest of the group.
Next episode is the mid season finale, so we know it is going to be intense. Here are some thoughts on what may happen. I think the Grady group is going to get warned from the escaped cop. This takes sway the element of surprise that Rick and his group needed. They’re going to walk into a trap, or atleast a prepared adversary. Fighting will break out, and there will be a death from the major group. I’m thinking either Beth or Carol, though it could be someone else. They’ve spent a lot of time recently building up both characters, and viewers have grown to love both of them.
Following this, Daryl will be inconsolable over the loss, with the added effect that if he had backed Rick, this may never have happened. The group will be left questioning themselves and what to do next, and Rick will regain a stronger, more stable leadership role though maybe not to the level of the ‘ricktatorship’.
So what do you think? What are your predictions?