The Walking Dead (2010– )
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The Cell 

Daryl is taken by Negan to the Sanctuary, home of the Saviors. Meanwhile, Dwight is sent on a mission to bring back a runaway member of his group.


Alrick Riley


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes (credit only)
Danai Gurira ... Michonne (credit only)
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Lennie James ... Morgan Jones (credit only)
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams (credit only)
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler (credit only)
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter (credit only)
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa (credit only)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Negan
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes (credit only)
Ross Marquand ... Aaron (credit only)
Austin Nichols ... Spencer Monroe (credit only)


Daryl is kept arrested dirty, wounded, naked and fed by sandwiches of dog food in a dark room and forced to listen to an annoying loud music by Dwight. Meanwhile Dwight is assigned to bring his runaway friend back to Negan's compound. Negan unsuccessfully tries to break Daryl to turn him into another "Negan", offering a comfortable apartment, food and supplies if he works for him. Negan also tells how Dwight was broken by him after stealing medicines for his sister-in-law Tina. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

6 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Car chase sequence was filmed for this episode between Dwight (Austin Amelio) and Gordon (Michael Scialabba). It was cut due to time. See more »


Negan: You don't scare easy. I love that!
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Featured in Talking Dead: The Cell (2016) See more »


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You Earn What You Take
6 November 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

The Walking Dead has now come to a point in which they can take a few episodes off from the main conflict and still get away with it. Granted, I hope this doesn't go on for an entire season of inconsistency, but tonight was definitely a freebie.

It's about dang time we spend significant screen time with Daryl. And who better to complement and parallel Daryl with thematic plot points than everyone's favorite Dwight. I wasn't initially a fan of the façade this Dwight character was putting on last season and his automatic allegiance to Negan. I just didn't think they would give him all that much to do, but I was wrong. Having Dwight and Daryl serve as parallel plot points under Negan tonight was extremely beneficial.

Just as Negan broke Rick down in the premiere, Daryl was his next project. Of course, Daryl was already going to be a tougher sell with him throwing that punch in the opener, but everyone can be broken right? Daryl stuck to his guns, however, even with that Scarlett Letter 'A' on his shirt and being tortured to near death. It wasn't just physical torture either. Hearing the same upbeat song every day for a long time and eating dog food as a 'treat' doesn't seem like the most pleasant way to spend my time.

But it was also nice seeing Dwight in such a vulnerable position several times tonight as well. Just like Daryl said, we understand why Dwight was a jerk to Daryl way back when, and it was pleasing to see his character be humanized for once. Negan clearly has everyone in the saviors brainwashed and Dwight is a big part of that. And looking at this particular arc, it sure seemed like Negan is ready at any moment to get rid of Dwight and hand Daryl his right-hand man gig. But to be honest, I'll buy any Negan monologue, they are just too dang captivating.

So it was another slow-burn episode but a very different tone and feel to last week. I'm starting to enjoy these one-offs when they are done right. Let's just not make a habit of spending too much time away from the main group.

+Daryl & Dwight

+They are all Negan

+Daryl stuck to his gut


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