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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 3: "The Cell" Recap & Discussion

The episode opens with Dwight bullying half a dozen poor souls around the Savior community just to make a sandwich. Maybe this episode won’t be as torturous as people said! We pan out from the sandwich to see tied-up slaves corralling pinned-up walkers in a junk yard. Yike, welcome to hell!

We see Daryl holed up in a dark cell being subjected to Guantanamo tactics – isolation, hearing the same song on a seemingly endless loop, and hard labor. Dwight takes Daryl to the doctor’s office, where his former wife Sherry is waiting. She tells him “it’s negative,” possibly referring to a pregnancy test. Later, Dwight takes Daryl back to his cell where he promises he’ll one day have to surrender to Negan.


Negan rewards Dwight for getting to Daryl by offering up a woman of his choosing. Dwight declines and reasons he hasn’t finished the job with Daryl yet. They receive a call on the radio and Dwight heads out to investigate. Meanwhile, the substitute Savior brings Daryl food and forgets to lock up. Daryl immediately sneaks out and runs into Sherry, who warns him to return to his cell or things will be worse for him. He doesn’t listen and makes a break for the motorcycles outside.

The Saviors surround him until Negan arrives. He asks the Saviors around him who they are and they all confidently respond, “Negan.” The real Negan tells Daryl his life could have become “so much cooler” if he obeyed the rules. He says he could either be dead, work for him and wish he was dead, or live like a king under him. Negan pretends to hit him with Lucille but Daryl doesn’t flinch. “You don’t scare easy,” he observes with a smile. Negan leaves as the rest of the Saviors descend on him to beat him. Later, Daryl’s visited by Sherry again.

Outside the walls Dwight maneuvers his way around a walker-filled highway until he comes across a former Savior, Gordon. Dwight points a gun at him and instructs him to return to The Sanctuary. “I can’t go back,” Gordon responds defiantly. He argues for an uprising since Negan is vastly outnumbered. Dwight counters, “We were losing…now we’re not.” Gordon laughs, falls to his knees, and reminds Dwight again that it’s all pointless. Dwight threatens to ruin the lives of everyone he knows and Gordon finally breaks begins walking again. Dwight, who’s clearly conflicted, shoots him in the back of the head.


Later Dwight and Sherry share a smoke; she tells him Negan’s treating her well. It’s obvious neither of them are happy but they both agree it’s better than being dead. Dwight visits Daryl and tells him, “You got your friend killed, I got Tina killed, don’t pretend like you don’t know the score.” Daryl throws his sandwich at him and Dwight tells him he’s lucky that Negan likes him. Dwight puts the polaroid of Glenn’s head on the wall and plays a new song, Rob Orison’s “Crying,” to which Daryl cries to.

The next morning Dwight brings Daryl to Negan’s suite. Negan explains how Dwight and Sherry started from the bottom in the point system until they broke out of The Sanctuary. He goes on to say he eventually located them and Sherry made a deal that she would marry Negan if it meant keeping Dwight alive. So, Dwight instead got the iron to his face, Negan married his wife, and now Dwight is one of his top guys. Negan tells Daryl he can also be that guy for him if he can answer the “Who are you?” question. He answers with, “Daryl” and Negan sends him back to his cell. Daryl tells Dwight he understands why he took the medication. “You were thinking about someone else…that’s why I can’t,” he says. Dwight heads outside and sees an undead Gordon in the yard.


Will Daryl ever break out of The Sanctuary? Do you think Dwight’s having second thoughts about being Negan’s right-hand man? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. seanmathews1 November 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    A little slow but necessary to humanize Daight given the importance he plays in the future. I love how Daryl never bends the knee. I was worried he might in the end. I also like Dwight and Daryl came to somewhat of an understanding with each other. Dwights just as much a victim. Anyhow, next week looks good. 90 minutes? Nice.

  2. Glenn24Rhee November 6, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    We’re on easy street and it feels so sweet, cause the world is but a treat when you’re on easy street. And we’re breaking out the good champagne, sitting pretty on the gravy train…… Thank you Dwight, thank you.

  3. BASTET. November 6, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I am Negan (that music was just too much).

  4. Sass November 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Please don’t let this be a set up for Sherry and Daryl to get together. Do not do the obvious Hollywood letdown of the hot actor with the younger actress. Female fans want to see Carol and Daryl! She is beautiful, smart, and his age. Stay classy TWD.

    • BASTET. November 7, 2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

      Sherry belongs to Negan. So does Daryl.

      • BASTET. November 7, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

        And I don’t see Carol as Daryl’s age, much less Reedus as a hot actor. Guy playing Dwight must be hot, too?
        Ew. On all accounts, ew.

        • sevenofnine November 7, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

          I don’t know how old the characters are supposed to be but Melissa is 51 and Norman is 47 so not that far apart in age. But I see Daryl and Carol more as besties than lovers. I think if they were gonna cross that line, they would have by now.

          • BASTET. November 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

            Still hard to see the characters close in age… then there’s the thing of maturity level… maybe Daryl & Carol are near each other’s age, but damn if they match up! I’m with ya, tho… they make a better connection as friends. Like Rick & Michonne, IMO.

    • Nelson.couto November 7, 2016 at 5:21 am - Reply

      Carol has moved on, and is getting along nicely with K.Ezekial. They have their own little love shack.

    • sevenofnine November 7, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Carol just walked away from her “family”, friends, compadres and lover she had in Alexandria. She doesn’t want to care about anyone so she doesn’t have to kill anyone. Eventually of course that will change but to throw her into a relationship now would defeat the whole point of her separation from Alexandria.

      • BASTET. November 7, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

        I think the same idea works around Daryl… that in contrast to Dwight, he doesn’t have a reason to bow down. He pointed that out himself. People should pick up on the idea that going Lone Wolf provides a different type of story; not every damn thing should immediately be about who’s hooking up with who.

        • sevenofnine November 7, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

          Amen. I it’s good to have some characters who don’t hook up. This gives them freedom to evolve in ways they might not w/a significant other. Like Andrea and Shane. They had a one-time, stress reliving tumble then went their separate ways. I think both of them were much more interesting as loners than when they were hooked up to Laurie/the governor. And BTW, those relationships led each of them to their deaths.

  5. Hogg Head November 7, 2016 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Well, Dwight shot Gordon in his back, not in the head, otherwise he wouldn’t turn. Anyway, a great episode. Negan delivered some great lines (pussybar) and Dwight doesn’t seem that enraged towards Sherry, as he was in the comics.

    • ZigZagGypsy November 7, 2016 at 5:48 am - Reply

      Glad you mentioned that Gordon got shot in the back and not the head! I thought that was important and said something else about Dwight. Also it was mentioned that Daryl was subjected to “hard labor”! Ah, definitely hard TIME but I didn’t see him performing any labor! Great episode! Overall confirmed what a total ass Negan is (example: rubbing it in about what he did to Dwight and Sherry ~ pretty rude) and also that Daryl cannot be broken! He may, at some point, go along with Negan as a plan but he won’t give in to him totally!

  6. Nogle November 7, 2016 at 5:20 am - Reply

    I like the fact that they took Daryl, it is the way we get to see the sanctuary and how it works. I hope this doesn’t replace the way the comic introduced the audience to Negan’s everyday life and how the sanctuary works. The whole comic version was one of my favorite things ever in the comic.

  7. gray November 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Good character development of dwight. Dark still being badass and getting away with it. Negan should have beat fat Joeys head in with Lucille for not locking the door. That would have kept his nastiness going from the first episode. Or given him the iron. Something. Liked both “the well” and “the cell” not wasting time getting new character set ups.

  8. mick reavey November 8, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Not sure about Negan. He just feels darker, more scary and sinister in the comic. This is one character where foul language is a must.
    Maybe he’ll grow on me but atm I’m not convinced. Hope I’m wrong.

  9. jambor November 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Is it just me, or is TWD becoming boring….episodes 2 and 3 wasted and could have been recapped in just about 10 minutes, the other 70 minutes were just time-wasters, nothing really happened. the story is moving too slow. boring boring boring.

  10. sevenofnine November 8, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Not exactly boring, but they were both slow episodes. I think that was intentional because of the intensity of the first episode. They probably wanted to give us some time to adjust before getting back to our core group. Emotions will be high in the next episode as our group deals with grief, blame, anger, anxiety and fear as to what’s to come…. Negan gets to Alexandria and maybe we’ll find out what’s become of Maggie and Glenn’s baby.

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