I know Daryl Dixon is the resident bad ass of our merry little band of survivors. Killing walkers is like a Sunday stroll through the park for Double D; but as great as he is, he is not invincible.
We have seen Daryl take walkers down with minimum fuss in a variety of ways. Hunting knife, tree branches, crossbow. We’ve even seen him pull an arrow out of his own side to use on a walker, so he’s tough. To use his own phrase “Feed him a hammer and he’ll crap out nails.” Doesn’t change the fact that anyone can have an off day, even Daryl Dixon.
As a matter of fact we’ve already seen him have an off moment with the Randall Walker. Daryl is still here thanks to Glenn. It’s Glenn who stepped in and put Randall down. So even the mighty Daryl Dixon needs help now and then.
This is one thing this group of survivors need to all understand. Even the toughest member of the group is going to have his hands full or just plain need help. They can’t depend on Daryl to always play the savior, they have to be able to be their own savior first, and when needed know that the others (not just Daryl, but everyone in the group) will have their back.
The time for easing into it is way past over, it’s way past time to deal with reality. Everyone has to stand on their own and fight together side by side. No one gets to sit on the sidelines being ‘fragile’ while other people fight their battles for them. I think it’s time Rick and Daryl switch to the Lt Rasczak (Starship Troopers) method of command:
I only have one rule. Everyone fights. No one quits. You don’t do your job, I’ll shoot you myself. You get me?
That would take care of any ‘burdens’ and make the group stronger when they are attacked. And everyone in that group will be be able to trust in the fact that everyone is fighting for their survival together. No one is sitting back slacking. The last thing they need is a weak link hanging around to get them killed.