The Walking Dead delivered the third episode of their new season, called “The Cell.” That was fitting, and quite literal, because the episode mostly centered around Daryl being held prisoner in a small cell at the Saviors compound. The show again kept us away from Rick and his group in the aftermath of losing Glenn and Abraham to Negan and Lucille, allowing the characters (and the audience) a respectful mourning period. We did get our first look at Negan’s home life, though, and it raised some interesting questions. We also got more insight on Dwight, as a character, as his backstory and motivations are becoming clearer.
Here are the questions, theories, and/or talking points we have after watching “The Cell.”
What’s with the lettering system?
We see that Daryl has been fitted with a prison jumpsuit, of sorts, featuring the letter A, which is an upgrade from when he was seen completely naked early in the episode. Later we see that he’s not the only one given a lettered jumpsuit, which confirms that Negan is holding multiple prisoners, for whatever reason (one of our original questions was “Does Negan have more prisoners?” but of course he does).
Perhaps the letters are just an attempt to dehumanize the prisoners down to the point where they accept that they are all Negan now, although the show didn’t make a point to show the poor detainees being called “Prisoner B” or anything similar. Or maybe it’s a ranking system of some sorts, with Daryl being at the top of the ladder with the letter ‘A’, because he is Negan’s favorite? What’s with the letters?