Warning: spoilers ahead for the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. Also, this video is not really safe for work, as it includes some profanity, etc.
The Walking Dead Season 7 got off to a bloody start with a premiere that saw new bad guy Negan beat two of the good guys to bloody bits and kidnap a fan favorite. Fans on social media had a variety of grief-stricken reactions to the deaths of Abraham and Glenn that ranged from denial to rage and even depression. One viewer had a pretty extreme reaction while watching the episode, and her son caught it on camera. Prepare yourself for some very NSFW language and take a look!
As somebody who spent the episode stock-still, silent, and covering her mouth, I'm glad to see there was at least one person who spent the hour on the opposite end of the spectrum. Kudos to this fan for not holding back on expressing her feelings. Keeping that much fear and bitterness inside couldn't be good for a person. It was a lucky break that Daryl didn't get a face full of Lucille in punishment for punching Negan; this mom may not have been able to take it. If she screamed "Daryl!" any more times than she did, she might have woken up with a very sore throat.
Of course, this fan may not be entirely out of the woods when it comes to the safety of her favorite character. Daryl may have survived the brutal premiere, but Negan kidnapped him for two slightly terrifying reasons. According to the episode, he's going to keep Daryl close to ensure Rick and Co.'s good behavior in Alexandria. According to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, he's also going to try and recruit Daryl to become his right-hand man. There are lots of ways that Negan could go about trying to condition Daryl into becoming an ally, and the mom in this reaction video probably won't be too happy with some of them.
Hopefully the premiere's brutality will have a positive effect on fans who have the stomach to return for the rest of Season 7. Sure, we might be a little bit shellshocked, but Negan's violence was so extreme in this episode that it has given most of us a pretty high threshold for whatever violence he has in store next. If they are calmer than beating two characters to death, kidnapping another, and then almost forcing the lead character to chop off his own son's hand, the next few episodes may be a relative walk in the park.
Tune in to AMC on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET to see what's next for Daryl and the others on The Walking Dead. Showrunner Scott Gimple has promised that the second episode of Season 7 will actually be funny after the events of the first episode, so we may be able to count on a lighter chain of events to help us recover from the Negan deaths.