Daryl rescues who is catatonic after watching the Governor behead her father Hershel. Daryl glares at Jim and after a moment gives him a nod, before turning back to his car. The group, however, doesn't want Merle to live in The Prison. Andrea then asks if he was planning on just leaving him hanging up there which Daryl replied that he wasn't doing any harm up there. Daryl takes out several of the Governor's people and eventually destroys the tank with grenades, killing its operator with a crossbow to the chest. They make it to the back fences but are cut off when Terminus people emerge from the bushes. You just got to let him go.
After he haphazardly shoots several arrows at the walker, Beth stabs it in the head and the two have a fight. In the present, Daryl is first seen accompanying Beth as she uses his crossbow and practices her tracking skills, and she correctly deducts walker footprints and finds it feasting. They decide one of them should sneak into the supply house and get the guns that they were forced to hand over when the coast is clear. He was discovered at a party in Los Angeles, where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play. Back at the Greene Farm, Carol goes to check on Daryl, finding many dead squirrels and severed walker ears hanging on a clothes line. He tries to attack Rick, but restrained him as reassures Daryl that Merle is okay, as he had locked the roof door shut before fleeing the city. Like Rick, Daryl remains skeptical given the lack of survival experience the residents have, but accepts Aaron's offer to assist them in finding more recruits.
Daryl catches her and confronts her. What are you talking about? Jenner to let them leave the building and try their chances on the road, Daryl loses his temper and tries to cut the scientist's head with the axe, but is restrained by Rick and the others. Reedus says that Daryl's presence in the scene was a last-minute inclusion. After Tomas creates another argument, this time with Rick, they decide to take half of the food supplies that the prisoners kept in the cafeteria, in exchange, Rick, Daryl and T-Dog helps the prisoners clearing another cell block so they can live in it. Daryl is taken prisoner by Dwight back to Sanctuary, the Savior's base. However, they find Dwight has arrived, who swears that he wants to help them stop Negan, despite Daryl's reservations.
Unlike his brother, Daryl has never been to prison as an inmate , and was offended when Beth revealed to him that she had believed he had during a drinking game in season 4. Despite reports to the contrary, the two were never married. All of the group together and united, they try to persuade all of the communities to participate in the war against Negan and The Saviors. When Rick shares that Jenner told him everyone was infected, Daryl was at first skeptical but later accepted that Rick did the right thing by not telling everyone about it. According to Merle, they had planned to rob the camp blind before Merle was left in Atlanta. Abraham knocks the water out of his hand. However, there, Daryl is imprisoned and after many hardships he manages to escape with his brother, Merle.
At the hospital he presides over the successful exchange, but Dawn's demand to have Noah returned to her prevents the group from leaving. Daryl is as shocked as everyone when he reveals Hershel and Michonne are his prisoners and demands Rick come down and negotiate, which he does. Randall insists he didn't touch them but Daryl continues to beat him. After meeting at his church, the group makes plans to head to Washington D. But you gotta hear me. Rick threatens Carter and tells him that he has no idea who he's talking to. He is seen sneaking up on Oscar after Oscar killed Andrew, saving Rick.
With the help of Carol and the rest of the group, he is involved in some issues eg. Lydia may have realized that she could manipulate Daryl and Henry better by telling them the facts about where she came from while still concealing her true feelings and motives. Daryl is seen giving the formula to the and the baby's name is brought up. Daryl awakes to see a walker gnawing on his boot and another one approaching. At the meeting to decide Randall's fate, Dale pleads with the group to do what's right. Daryl and Andrea continue on down a path and hear something that they suspect to be Sophia but are mistaken and arrive at a campsite where a man hanged himself and had turned into a walker. Eventually, he receives Dwight's help, but without trusting him completely.
Later, while they are trying to get information about Glenn's whereabouts, Daryl threatens Miguel and shows him Merle's hand, bluffing and threatening that it was an enemy of his. The group continue to move along the road but Daryl decides to to head into the woods to circle back. While on foot, Rick personally thanks Daryl for taking care of Judith. Next, Daryl and Aaron find a truck shipping building with a few walkers trapped inside the chain-link fence. Despite of what he has done, Daryl stops Carol from shooting him, saying that Noah is just a child.
Jadis Alive of The Scavengers. The surgery is successful, but Rick takes full blame for Aaron's loss. Andrea eventually sides with him, but the others still want him dead, bar Carol, Maggie, Hershel, , and Daryl who remain neutral. Daryl, Carl, and Oscar explore the prison in search of supplies. She ultimately refuses to shoot and lets him leave, as the two have developed a bond.
The whole point of it was to get Connie trapped outside the gates when the Whisperers arrived, and there was probably a more interesting way to do that, if indeed it needed to happen at all, which remains to be seen. A thorough search of the farm shows no sign of Randall. He finally decides to go with his brother. He also mentions about how Shane killed and how he didn't believe Shane's story because he came back with a dead man's gun, this leaves Dale shocked that Daryl seems disinterested at the fact Shane is a killer. Rick assuages Daryl's fears that his interaction with the group had anything to do with the attack the night before and affirms that he is his brother.