Spoilers ahead if you're not caught up on The Walking Dead through this week's "Forget" episode!
It wasn't all threats and cookies on The Walking Dead this week. In fact, part of "Forget" had Daryl and Aaron off to tame a horse. Or so they hoped. Things didn't go so well for the horse, as they rarely (ever?) do on The Walking Dead. Was that just a bonding mission for Daryl and Aaron? Not quite. In fact, from what Norman Reedus had to say about the arc during a segment on this week's Talking Dead, Buttons may have served as a bit of foreshadowing...
Norman Reeds wasn't actually on The Walking Dead's post-episode talk show Talking Dead last Sunday night. The above quote came in the form of a pre-taped video of Reedus, presumably on set, talking about the horse story arc in "Forget." It's well worth noting that while Reedus was talking about taking things and trying to domesticate them, the video cut to stills of some of the other characters in their new surroundings, including Rick and Michonne strolling the street, and Tara and Abraham looking cleaned up for the gathering.
I'm not so sure that Norman Reedus is dropping a major clue in talking about foreshadowing, particularly when we consider the way Daryl reacted to Buttons' death. But that's not to say that Buttons isn't a bad omen, or possibly confirmation to Daryl that, good intentions or not, maybe their help will come at a price.
In an interview with EW, Norman Reedus spoke a bit about Daryl's view on what happened to the horse, and his "You were trying to help," comment to Aaron right after they put the horse down. As Reedus explained it, he intentionally changed the tone of that line to be a bit less supportive and more "See what happens when you try to help?" He went on to say...
So maybe it's less foreshadowing as it is a demonstration that Daryl's chief concern is being tamed and made weak while inside the relative safety of Alexandria's walls. Or maybe it's both, and this is a lesson Daryl will eventually learn the hard way, even if -- on some level anyway -- he saw it coming?
Whatever the story with the horse means, it seems evident that Buttons is a bad omen. Then again, when is it ever a good sign when a horse gets eaten.
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