Let me preface this post by saying this: I used to like Daryl. I thought he was interesting and a great character for the first 3 season of the show.
But, due to his popularity with the ladies (which I honestly don't get because I don't consider Norman Reedus to be a good looking guy in particular) he turned into a complete untouchable cliche'.
Season 1-3 Daryl had a personality beyond "brooding badass". He had interesting storylines (Search for Merle, Search for Sofia, building a relationship with Rick and Co... Relationship with a returned Merle / the group)
Now, he's just a carrot to dangle in front of fangirls, and it annoys the fuck out of me. He fucking got Glenn killed and hardly anyone is willing to acknowledge that. They even wrote Maggie on the show as being 100% forgiving and accepting of his extreme idiocy.
He at this point is considered to be just as safe as Rick and Carl by the fanbase.
I was hoping for something more to come out of his storyline with being a captive of the Saviors, but lo and behold there he is being a complete fucking idiot wanting to go back to Alexandria with Rick. Being a piece of shit dramatic hero ignoring Ezekiels magnanimity by letting him stay in the kingdom so as to protect his stupid life.
Look. Like I said.. I didn't start off hating Daryl. I used to think his story was interesting. I used to think he could go places (him and Carol, DUH!).. but now, it's so clear that the writers have taken the safe route with him.. he's such a cliche' I can't stand it.
The reason I've felt this way for the past few seasons is this: He needs to die. Bottom line, he's one of the last available shockers until the show decides to introduce another solid character. He should have been Negans victim. 90% of the fan base knew who was going to die in that instance (Glenn). They should have killed him off. But they played it safe to cater to the women who think he's hot, and I'm sorry but that's just such a cop out that it makes me hate his character that much more.
"If Daryl dies we riot" is probably the lamest shit I've ever heard in my life.
Guess what happened in a good show that I loved? Jack died. Sawyer ended up regretting a ton of decisions and most likely died alone. Jin and Sun fucking drowned. John Locke was backstabbed and strangled to death. Charlie drowned. Yikes, that's a lot of fan favorites that had SHITTY endings if you think about it.
My point? Quit being cowards and do something with Daryl other than perpetuate the cliche' that he's become. He's literally become one of the most predictable and worst characters on the show, and it drives me nuts.
You don't want to kill him? Give him something else to do. His storyline with Beth was way more interesting than the crap he's been through lately. His stay with the saviors was as predictable as Carls with Negan. Though that was more intense considering Carl is still a kid.