Following Daryl’s scorching initiation into the Reapers, Pope (Ritchie Coster) proves the authenticity of the group’s “never turn your back on your brother” motto by throwing Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) into the fire to avenge the death of another member.
“Oh hey look another evil leader who kills a member to prove their point and seem scary,” observed u/desmond_the_constant on an episode discussion thread of “Rendition.” With more than 100 upvotes on this comment, fans of “The Walking Dead” were quick to compare the Reapers to the show’s past antagonists. One Redditor even broke this down with examples, pointing out that the series has often had Daryl get captured or recruited by a threatening new group only for him to refuse to speak with them and go on to form a connection with a member of the group who isn’t fully committed to their cause.
Elsewhere, u/Last-method-107 criticized the show for being “very repetitive” and called the writing of it “predictable” before adding, “I used to like Daryl but the writers have made him a pathetic character.” However, some fans were more amused by Daryl’s prisoner status in the episode. For instance, the thread’s top comment positively noted that “Daryl getting kidnapped by new villains is essentially tradition at this point.”
To give the show some credit, there’s still plenty of time for “The Walking Dead” to add a new twist to this admittedly recycled trope.