Blink and you might miss it, but some fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” think they caught sight of Daryl (Norman Redus) silently communicating with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in “Service,” the fourth episode of the show’s current season.
In the scene in question, Daryl — now a Prisoner of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) — has been brought back to Alexandria to help collect the town’s first offering to the Saviors. When we first spot Daryl, he is passive and unmoving, but after Negan starts talking to Rick, the camera cuts back to the former biker and we see him blinking in what appears to be an unnatural way.
Some folks think that Daryl was trying to blink out a message in Morse code, a notion that is reinforced in their eyes by the lingering shots of the American Sign Language poster we see hanging up at Rick’s place earlier in the episode.
But is there any weight to that theory? Journalist Kimberly Potts from Yahoo TV pressed showrunner Scott Gimple on the question in a recent interview, which prompted Gimple to reply, “This theory makes it official that this show has the greatest viewers and fans around. I would say I would desperately like to live in a world where Daryl Dixon intimately knew Morse code, and intimately knew that Rick knew Morse code. I’m not even kidding. That is completely badass. I love that. I love the amount of attention and imagination that is brought to this show by the audience. That is why we take the crazy risks that we do. That’s why we try to invite the conversation that can occur with big huge story turns.”
Gimple then went on to offer an alternative explanation, saying, “It was an incredibly sunny day.”
“I think the theory actually could be correct, but not within the story,” he added, which seems to be about as close as you can get to denying the idea without actually denying it.
It is probably worth noting that, while fans of the theory are not unanimous on the exact content of the message, most are in agreement that Daryl is trying to indicate that the location of the Savior’s home base is somewhere to the East.
Airing Sundays at 9 pm ET/PT on AMC, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peleteir, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green and Danai Gurira as Michonne.
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