Tonight, on The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7, I met my new favorite character in the world: Dog. Yes, in true Daryl-being-Daryl fashion, he named his beloved pet dog “Dog.” And Daryl and Dog are pretty much the most adorable duo I’ve ever seen in a post-apocalyptic world. A lot of people feel the same, because their tweeting about the dog and creating memes. :) (Spoilers below, through tonight’s episode.)
First, I have to ask: was anyone as terrified as I was when Dog was caught by those ropes and the walkers were closing in? I knew Daryl would be OK. There’s no way they’d get rid of Rick and then get rid of Daryl two episodes later. But I was really worried about Dog. I mean, if Shiva was killed, any living creature is in danger. :(
Thankfully, Dog was saved – and Daryl too, with some help from Henry. In case you were wondering, no Carol did NOT tie up Dog, and neither did Daryl.
Dog wandered into one of Daryl’s traps that were intended to stop the walkers from wandering into his trap. Daryl has become positively soft when it comes to animal creatures, and I’m expecting him to morph into a post-apocalyptic Disney Prince any day now. That’s a GOOD thing.
Here are my favorite memes and reactions to the Daryl-and-Dog-Forever Duo. :)
— Mateo Mokarzel (@MateoMokarzel) November 19, 2018
Only daryl would name his dog, "dog" pic.twitter.com/9oNjE6c14m
— Jia Wei⚽ (@HoJiaWei24) November 19, 2018
Daryl and a dog! Seriously?! I don't know if I can deal with it… SO LOVELY! ❤️Just hope their partnership endures for a very long time. So, screenwriters – don't kill the dog (or Daryl, of course! hehehe)! Do we have a deal?! #TheWalkingDead, #Stradivarius #TWDFamily
— Elaine S.D. (@ElaineLua) November 19, 2018
— OfficialLucille (@VampireBatLucy) November 19, 2018
omg i love dog n daryl
— daylin (@carylsdixon) November 19, 2018
— Linaness (@stoicalinasies) November 19, 2018
— Phillip 👽 (@ThatOneGuy2393) November 19, 2018
And yes, some of us are scared too…
But it’s going to all be fine folks!
— Talking Dead (@AMCTalkingDead) November 19, 2018
— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) November 19, 2018
So yeah, Dog and Daryl are my favorites. Forever. (I mean, Carol will always be my favorite favorite, as evidenced by the fact that I created a Fallout 76 character who essentially IS Carol. But Daryl and Dog are now my faves too.)
Some fans are pointing out that TWD universe has been pretty darn lacking when it comes to dogs, and I believe they are right.
There was the 1 eyed dog at the funeral parlor that Daryl & Beth saw. Then the dogs killed by Sasha & eaten by the gang. FEAR had a couple dogs- both got eaten by the Infected/Walkers. I was disappointed that TWD have not had more dogs on the show. They would be valuable in
— ArJay Clark (@arjay_clark) November 19, 2018
This scene at the end, well, I absolutely LOVED it. I loved to see that Daryl and Dog have their communication down since they’ve been together for so long, and Dog takes off ahead of Daryl when he’s riding his motorcycle.
But this interpretation is funny:
out of context it looks like daryl got super excited to see a random dog and the dog got scared and ran away from him but daryl was determined to catch him https://t.co/vKqB0O1cB8
— daryls #1 fan (@daryldjxon) November 19, 2018
I’m guessing that Daryl found Dog as a puppy and raised him. :)
— Indoline (@bumblebirn) November 17, 2018
Do you like Daryl and Dog as much as I do? Let us know in the comments below.
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