After back to back strong episodes to start off season 7, I found myself thoroughly disappointed with The Cell. I don’t need every episode to be action packed and have long lasting impact, but this episode was a complete dud that I took no enjoyment in watching, despite the fact that Daryl, my favorite character on the show, was the focal point of the episode.
Dwight got as much or more screen time as Daryl, which was part of the problem with the episode. I don’t find him to be at all a compelling or interesting character. When we first saw him, he and his wife, Sherry, were escaping Negan and the Saviors. Instead of taking Daryl’s help, he took his crossbow and motorcycle and returned to Negan. Fast forward to now, and he’s one of Negan’s top lieutenants. That entire sequence of events didn’t make a damn bit of sense to me. I don’t see why he would go through the process of escaping only to give himself back up, have to go through physical and mental punishment, and oh by the way, have to give up his wife to Negan. What would be the point of even continuing under those circumstances? Escape would be the much better option. The common thought is that Dwight and Daryl will work together in the future, but I certainly hope not. Dwight working with Daryl isn’t something I want to see on the screen.
Among my complaints about this episode is that we didn’t need to see nearly a full hour of Negan breaking down Daryl. After the first couple of scenes, I got the idea. I’m sure he will be back on his feet at some point, but it wasn’t the most pleasant viewing. At the point toward the end of the episode when Negan gives him the option of towing the line and joining him by asking Daryl who he is, if I were in his shoes, I would have told Negan what he wanted to hear. Then I would bide my time and wait for the opportune moment to kill Negan and escape, but that would have gone against Daryl’s character, so I think when he responded saying that he was Daryl, I thought that may have been the best part of the episode. He was staying true to his character, which is why he remains the most popular character on the show.
Negan is a complete a**hole, but unlike Dwight, his character is compelling and consistent. That makes for a good villain, whereas Dwight is a villain about as interesting as watching paint dry. Eventually, Negan will get his, but it won’t be any time soon. He is going to haunt Alexandria and Rick’s group for some time to come.
This was a very forgettable episode (at least I want to forget about it as quickly as possible) but next week we move back to Alexandria and the aftermath of the deaths of Glenn and Abraham, which should make for some entertaining watching.