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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead."
Judith gives Daryl a revamped version of his vest with a brand new wing on the right side.
Episode director Michael Satrazemis told Insider star Cailey Fleming designed and created it on her own after a conversation with Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl.
"We kind of gave an outline, to the size and shape that it needed to be, and then let her do that," said Satrazemis.
As the survivors prepare for battle with the Whisperers on Sunday's "The Walking Dead," Daryl, Carol, Lydia, Eugene, and more share a series of sendoffs and intimate moments before they go off to war.
Among them, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Judith (Cailey Fleming) wind up sharing one of the episode's most tender, emotional episodes. Though they don't say it to one another, they know these could be their last moments together as Alpha descends on the Hilltop with Negan, Beta, and a horde of the undead.
Before Daryl heads off to battle, Judith surprises him with a patched up version of his vest for luck. It's been out of sorts for awhile now and now is adorned with a bright blue wing on the right side. A group of stars sit across its bottom edge. That was all the work of Fleming.
"Tell you the truth, when we were talking about it, we thought it was really important that Cailey designed it and that Cailey drew it herself," Sunday's episode director Michael Satrazemis told Insider.
"Really, that came out of the conversation that Norman and Cailey had," he continued about the look of the vest. "She came up with those ideas. I wanted it to be from her hand, and I wanted it to be from her creating. I think that that's always important."
Satrazemis said they gave Fleming a little bit of direction, but otherwise, it was all up to her and she ran with it.
"We kind of gave an outline, to the size and shape that it needed to be, and then let her do that," said Satrazemis of the blue look of the wing. "That was Norman and Cailey just talking about what it should be like. And she had a story in it, I don't remember what it was, about the stars and what those represented."
On "Talking Dead" Cailey Fleming said the vest has 10 stars for the show's 10 seasons. The name of Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" is also "Morning Star."
The term usually refers to one of two things, either a bright planet that's visible before sunrise. It's also the name of the weapon Daryl picks up near the end of the episode as he heads off to the front lines. It's that club with the spiked head.
Perhaps the title also means that Daryl is the group's morning star. He's not only the one many of the survivors are looking to right now, but he's also a force to reckoned with, like the medieval weapon.
That whole scene between Daryl and Judith is one of the episode's most emotional moments. With Michonne on the road now, her brother Carl dead, and her father Rick missing in action, Daryl feels heavily responsible for the Judith and her younger brother, R.J.
In those few moments together, Judith says she wants to fight. She insists she's not scared, but she relents after Daryl shows a moment of rare vulnerability in a speech that feels a lot like the ones she would have received from Michonne or her wise father.
"I know you're not. Maybe I am, a little bit," he tells Judith of being scared himself.
"If I was scared, maybe I'd be scared for R.J. because he's so little," she responds, looking down at the ground. "Maybe I'd be worried about my mom. Maybe I'd be scared that you'd get hurt and I'd lose you and Aunt Carol, too."
Daryl tells her there's no shame in that because she knows who she's fighting for.
"It was really beautiful and I just think, hearing Judith say that she was scared, and hearing Daryl say, "I understand. I'm scared, too." Really, it was very powerful. It's felt like a very Grimes moment."
It especially felt like a Grimes' family moment because of the game plan Daryl put in place.
After putting on the vest, he leaned in to tell Judith one more thing. If Ezekiel came looking for her and R.J. during the fight, they have to go with him. Daryl and Ezekiel made a pact that if one of them gets killed in the fight, the other will promise to get the kids in the community to safety.
"You go with him, whether you know where I am or not," Daryl tells Judith, making her promise before holding her close.
That contingency plan isn't out of the blue. A lot of Sunday's episode had nods to the last time Daryl was backed into a corner by Negan on the season six finale. He wasn't in control of how the situation went down that time and it resulted in the group losing Abraham and Glenn. It seems like Daryl sees this as an opportunity to prevent the mistakes of the past from happening a second time.
Unfortunately, Sunday's episode ended with the survivors trapped inside the Hilltop, meaning Daryl better come up with a backup plan, quick. Thankfully, we won't have to wait long to find out what it may be. Next Sunday's episode of "TWD" should show the completion of the fight at the Hilltop.
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