Norman Reedus says Daryl would choose Maggie over Negan if it came down to it on 'The Walking Dead'

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Now that Maggie is back on "TWD," it's making everyone's relationships with Negan a little more complicated. Eli Ade/AMC
  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

  • If Daryl ever has to choose between his friend Maggie or former captor, Negan, he's #TeamMaggie.

  • Norman Reedus told EW that while Negan has done some "friendly things," his motivations are unclear.

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If Daryl ever needs to choose between Maggie and Negan on "The Walking Dead," there's no question where his loyalties lie.

"If there's a moment where they have to decide whether it's Negan or Maggie, it's Maggie, for sure," Norman Reedus told Entertainment Weekly.

That shouldn't be a huge surprise.

Daryl and Maggie go way back to season two of AMC's zombie apocalypse series. They mourned the loss of Maggie's sister, Beth, father, Hershel, and husband, Glenn, together.

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Daryl was never close with a lot of characters on "TWD" for years, but he and Beth shared a bond. This is a behind-the-scenes photo of Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney on set of season four. Gene Page/AMC

While Negan has (maybe) proved himself to be a worthy ally over the past two seasons - he saved Judith, killed the Whisperer leader, and even saved Daryl from getting killed - he brutally murdered Maggie's husband on the show's controversial season seven premiere back in 2016.

That's something you just don't forget.

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Fan-favorite Glenn was the second character to die at the hands of Negan on the season seven premiere. While comic fans expected the death, show-only viewers were heavily caught off guard. Gene Page/AMC

"Yeah, we saw him do some friendly things, but is he faking?" Reedus said of Negan's intentions for changing course. "Is he trying to win us over?"

"I don't think there's a moment where we fully believe him one way or the other," Reedus continued. "We saw Negan save Daryl and not shoot him with a shotgun. And then we saw Daryl save Negan by killing Beta for him. We saw these things happen, but we don't have a friendship bracelet with Negan right now."

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Negan watches Maggie and Hershel (who he's seeing for the first time) enter the Alexandria community at the end of season 10, episode 17. He's not sure what that means for him. Eli Ade/AMC

Reedus also said he still holds himself responsible for Glenn's death in some ways. If he never tried to get out of the lineup on the season seven premiere, Negan wouldn't have decided to kill another person. Maggie since forgave Daryl for that, but it's something he carries, regardless.

"He took that with him into the whole next season with the torture and all of that stuff," Reedus said of when Daryl was locked up at Negan's compound and barely speaking any lines of dialogue. "And they had conversations, Maggie and Daryl, about forgiveness and it's not your fault and all of these things. I think it gave them a closer bond."

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Daryl and Maggie are seen in a scene from season nine, episode three. Gene Page/AMC

On Sunday's return of "TWD," we saw Maggie grapple with whether or not she wanted her son with Glenn, Hershel, to be exposed to living in the same community as Negan.

It's a big reason why Maggie, who has been gone from "TWD" since season nine, episode five, didn't return to the Alexandria community until now.

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Maggie told Daryl why it took her so long to return to Alexandria on Sunday's "TWD" return before returning to the community by his side with Hershel. Eli Ade/AMC

She told Daryl she couldn't let Negan take up any more space in her head. At the time, she thought that may not be healthy for Hershel either so the two stayed on the road helping other communities with Georgie and visiting her Nana's home, a trip she once planned to take with Glenn.

Showrunner Angela Kang told Insider we'll see more of Maggie and Negan's story play out as the show's bonus season 10 episodes continue. There's a lot more to explore with Maggie's "deep trauma" experienced as a result of losing Glenn.

"It's one of the relationships that just is so fraught and therefore it's dramatically interesting to us," Kang told Insider.

"Any conversation where Maggie and Negan are having to face each other and figure out how to go forward, of course, Glenn is that thing that is always unspoken between them," Kang added.

You can listen to Kang speak a bit more on Maggie and Negan below:

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