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HotNewHipHop 13 September, 2021 - 11:12am 29 views

Things get heated when Pope (Ritchie Coster) throws Daryl (Norman Reedus) out of the frying pan and into the fire on The Walking DeadSpoiler warning for Season 11 Episode 4, "Rendition." A Reaper reunion with Leah (Lynn Collins) brings Daryl to the Meridian, where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Wardens lived until just before Season 10. It's now home base to Pope and The Chosen Ones, the true name of Pope's squad of mercenaries forged by fire and ordained by God, and it's there that Daryl has his baptism by fire when he's locked inside a burning shed with Leah. 

Daryl helps Leah escape and passes Pope's test of being "forged by fire." He's welcomed with "Fortitudo Saludis," the solemn war cry of The Chosen Ones. Pope's soldiers survived their trial by fire when they were bombed to holy hell and left without a burn or a scratch, leaving them with nothing but their brothers and sisters in arms. 

It's Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) who suffers Pope's wrath when he's accused of fleeing the enemy during an attack that killed one of their own: Michael Turner. Bossie has wounds on his back but swears he was facing the enemy when Turner died. 

Pope sermonizes about the "divine strength" shown by Daryl when facing his fear and risking it all to save Leah, telling his newest Chosen One, "God baptized you in that fire. Made you one of us."

God is forgiving, but Pope is not. "Never turn your back on your brother. God doesn't only use fire as His baptism. It's also His wrath," says Pope, pressing Bossie into open flames. As Bossie burns, Pope's boot pushed into his back, he reminds The Chosen Ones: "We run into the battle. We run into the fire. Always."

"This idea of a trial by fire just felt like this divine test. We felt like that was just a very dramatic way to illustrate the type of danger that they're all in, but Leah too," explained showrunner Angela Kang on The Walking Dead: Episode Insider. "For whatever it's worth, there is kind of a turning point for Leah in that moment as well. Because it's one thing to be inside the circle of love and to feel like she's one of his favorites, and he sees her as a daughter, but what kind of father sticks their daughter in a room and sets it on fire?"

"That is super, super intense, and so for both of these characters, they kinda come out of this, and Pope intends for them to come out feeling like changed people," continued Kang. "And they do, but maybe not in the way that he's thinking is going to help them."

Daryl and Leah may be forged by fire, but Bossie's death could burn away what's left of Leah's loyalty to the family she found before the apocalypse

"In the scene where he puts Bossie's head in the fire, we wanted to show a few things. One is that, in the apocalypse, we've seen our characters, we've seen villains, we've seen a lot of them do some pretty intense things," Kang said. "And the question is, who are the people that are going to stand up to that, and who is just going to try to live with it, and who is complicit in it, who is cheering it on?"

Daryl's not out of the fire yet: Pope will test his loyalty when The Chosen Ones return in Season 11 Episode 6, "On the Inside." 

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Drake’s Certified Lover Boy had a huge first week on Spotify… but not as big as Scorpion’s

Music Business Worldwide 13 September, 2021 - 12:35pm

The week-one streaming numbers for Drake’s Certified Lover Boy are in.

And, as forecast by MBW, the 21-track set just became the biggest album of the year on Spotify… but couldn’t quite out-do the global first week performance of the artist’s own Scorpion back in 2018.

In the end, CLB was around 63 million streams short of Scorpion’s record-breaking week-one tally.

We’ve crunched the numbers on Drake’s chart-eligible streams on Spotify, as published on SpotifyCharts.com. (These public-facing figures show the total number of plays of a track within the parameters of Spotify’s chart rules. Those rules cap each individual’s daily plays of any single track at ten, in order to lessen the effects of chart-gaming.)

Scorpion accumulated 559.02 million global Spotify chart streams in its first week, after being released on June 18, 2018.

That remains the biggest ever album debut on the platform.

Certified Lover Boy ended its first week – having been released on Friday, September 3 this year – with 497 million global Spotify chart streams, according to MBW’s calculations.

That was enough to comfortably take the second-biggest-ever album debut crown on Spotify, snatching it away from Kanye West’s Donda, which was itself released on August 29 this year.

Certified Lover Boy enjoyed the biggest-ever first day on Spotify globally, with 153.4 million chart streams versus Scorpion’s equivalent day-one figure of 132.4 million.

However, Certified Lover Boy’s popularity dropped off throughout the course of its first week, dropping to just over 40 million daily plays by its seventh day of availability.

It’s worth noting that on an average-streams-per-track basis, Certified Lover Boy actually had a bigger first week than Scorpion.

That’s because Scorpion holds a whopping 25 tracks, while Certified Lover Boy has a smaller track-count of 21.

Therefore, the average number of plays of each of Certified Lover Boy’s tracks during its first week (23.7 million) was bigger than the equivalent metric for Scorpion (22.4 million).

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Certified Lover Boy vs. Scorpion comparison – as noted in MBW’s in-depth analysis last week – is the size of the addressable audience Drake has to play to on the platform.

When Scorpion was released in mid-2018, Spotify had 180 million monthly active users (MAUs) globally, with 83 million Premium subscribers.

“And you know what I’m on, blowing past ya, owning masters.”

At the close of June (Q2) this year, those figures had more than doubled, with 365 million MAUs on Spotify including 165 Premium subscribers.

Certified Lover Boy hit No.1 on various key global music industry charts in the past week, including the UK’s Official Album Chart, the Billboard 200 in the US, and ARIA’s album chart in Australia.

On the US Billboard chart, Scorpion debuted with 613,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, setting the record for most first week sales of 2021 in the States.

Certified Lover Boy is Drake’s first studio album on his own OVO label, via Universal Music Group / Republic Records.

He raps on the album’s track The Remorse: “And you know what I’m on, blowing past ya, owning masters.”

Drake’s previous five studio albums – from 2011’s Thank Me Later onwards – were all released on Young Money / Cash Money.

* The Remorse is currently Certified Lover Boy’s least-popular track on Spotify. So much so that on September 9 (CLB’s seventh day post-release), it actually dropped out of the Spotify 200 chart, meaning its stream-count for that day is unavailable on SpotifyCharts.com. Due to this, MBW has used a maximum stream-count rule for that track on that particular day in our calculations above, using the daily stream count of the chart’s 200th track instead (as it stands that The Remorse couldn’t have been bigger than this track that day). Even discounting The Remorse entirely doesn’t make a material difference: Even if we attribute zero streams to the track on September 9, CLB’s total daily stream count lands at 40.175 million, versus the 40.933 million we’ve given it above.Music Business Worldwide

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Drake’s Certified Lover Boy had a huge first week on Spotify… but not as big as Scorpion’s

Rap-Up.com 13 September, 2021 - 12:35pm

The week-one streaming numbers for Drake’s Certified Lover Boy are in.

And, as forecast by MBW, the 21-track set just became the biggest album of the year on Spotify… but couldn’t quite out-do the global first week performance of the artist’s own Scorpion back in 2018.

In the end, CLB was around 63 million streams short of Scorpion’s record-breaking week-one tally.

We’ve crunched the numbers on Drake’s chart-eligible streams on Spotify, as published on SpotifyCharts.com. (These public-facing figures show the total number of plays of a track within the parameters of Spotify’s chart rules. Those rules cap each individual’s daily plays of any single track at ten, in order to lessen the effects of chart-gaming.)

Scorpion accumulated 559.02 million global Spotify chart streams in its first week, after being released on June 18, 2018.

That remains the biggest ever album debut on the platform.

Certified Lover Boy ended its first week – having been released on Friday, September 3 this year – with 497 million global Spotify chart streams, according to MBW’s calculations.

That was enough to comfortably take the second-biggest-ever album debut crown on Spotify, snatching it away from Kanye West’s Donda, which was itself released on August 29 this year.

Certified Lover Boy enjoyed the biggest-ever first day on Spotify globally, with 153.4 million chart streams versus Scorpion’s equivalent day-one figure of 132.4 million.

However, Certified Lover Boy’s popularity dropped off throughout the course of its first week, dropping to just over 40 million daily plays by its seventh day of availability.

It’s worth noting that on an average-streams-per-track basis, Certified Lover Boy actually had a bigger first week than Scorpion.

That’s because Scorpion holds a whopping 25 tracks, while Certified Lover Boy has a smaller track-count of 21.

Therefore, the average number of plays of each of Certified Lover Boy’s tracks during its first week (23.7 million) was bigger than the equivalent metric for Scorpion (22.4 million).

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Certified Lover Boy vs. Scorpion comparison – as noted in MBW’s in-depth analysis last week – is the size of the addressable audience Drake has to play to on the platform.

When Scorpion was released in mid-2018, Spotify had 180 million monthly active users (MAUs) globally, with 83 million Premium subscribers.

“And you know what I’m on, blowing past ya, owning masters.”

At the close of June (Q2) this year, those figures had more than doubled, with 365 million MAUs on Spotify including 165 Premium subscribers.

Certified Lover Boy hit No.1 on various key global music industry charts in the past week, including the UK’s Official Album Chart, the Billboard 200 in the US, and ARIA’s album chart in Australia.

On the US Billboard chart, Scorpion debuted with 613,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, setting the record for most first week sales of 2021 in the States.

Certified Lover Boy is Drake’s first studio album on his own OVO label, via Universal Music Group / Republic Records.

He raps on the album’s track The Remorse: “And you know what I’m on, blowing past ya, owning masters.”

Drake’s previous five studio albums – from 2011’s Thank Me Later onwards – were all released on Young Money / Cash Money.

* The Remorse is currently Certified Lover Boy’s least-popular track on Spotify. So much so that on September 9 (CLB’s seventh day post-release), it actually dropped out of the Spotify 200 chart, meaning its stream-count for that day is unavailable on SpotifyCharts.com. Due to this, MBW has used a maximum stream-count rule for that track on that particular day in our calculations above, using the daily stream count of the chart’s 200th track instead (as it stands that The Remorse couldn’t have been bigger than this track that day). Even discounting The Remorse entirely doesn’t make a material difference: Even if we attribute zero streams to the track on September 9, CLB’s total daily stream count lands at 40.175 million, versus the 40.933 million we’ve given it above.Music Business Worldwide

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Pope's Punishment and Daryl's Baptism by Fire on The Walking Dead

Yahoo Entertainment 12 September, 2021 - 08:59pm

Things get heated when Pope (Ritchie Coster) throws Daryl (Norman Reedus) out of the frying pan and into the fire on The Walking DeadSpoiler warning for Season 11 Episode 4, "Rendition." A Reaper reunion with Leah (Lynn Collins) brings Daryl to the Meridian, where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Wardens lived until just before Season 10. It's now home base to Pope and The Chosen Ones, the true name of Pope's squad of mercenaries forged by fire and ordained by God, and it's there that Daryl has his baptism by fire when he's locked inside a burning shed with Leah. 

Daryl helps Leah escape and passes Pope's test of being "forged by fire." He's welcomed with "Fortitudo Saludis," the solemn war cry of The Chosen Ones. Pope's soldiers survived their trial by fire when they were bombed to holy hell and left without a burn or a scratch, leaving them with nothing but their brothers and sisters in arms. 

It's Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) who suffers Pope's wrath when he's accused of fleeing the enemy during an attack that killed one of their own: Michael Turner. Bossie has wounds on his back but swears he was facing the enemy when Turner died. 

Pope sermonizes about the "divine strength" shown by Daryl when facing his fear and risking it all to save Leah, telling his newest Chosen One, "God baptized you in that fire. Made you one of us."

God is forgiving, but Pope is not. "Never turn your back on your brother. God doesn't only use fire as His baptism. It's also His wrath," says Pope, pressing Bossie into open flames. As Bossie burns, Pope's boot pushed into his back, he reminds The Chosen Ones: "We run into the battle. We run into the fire. Always."

"This idea of a trial by fire just felt like this divine test. We felt like that was just a very dramatic way to illustrate the type of danger that they're all in, but Leah too," explained showrunner Angela Kang on The Walking Dead: Episode Insider. "For whatever it's worth, there is kind of a turning point for Leah in that moment as well. Because it's one thing to be inside the circle of love and to feel like she's one of his favorites, and he sees her as a daughter, but what kind of father sticks their daughter in a room and sets it on fire?"

"That is super, super intense, and so for both of these characters, they kinda come out of this, and Pope intends for them to come out feeling like changed people," continued Kang. "And they do, but maybe not in the way that he's thinking is going to help them."

Daryl and Leah may be forged by fire, but Bossie's death could burn away what's left of Leah's loyalty to the family she found before the apocalypse

"In the scene where he puts Bossie's head in the fire, we wanted to show a few things. One is that, in the apocalypse, we've seen our characters, we've seen villains, we've seen a lot of them do some pretty intense things," Kang said. "And the question is, who are the people that are going to stand up to that, and who is just going to try to live with it, and who is complicit in it, who is cheering it on?"

Daryl's not out of the fire yet: Pope will test his loyalty when The Chosen Ones return in Season 11 Episode 6, "On the Inside." 

Copyright 2021 ComicBook.com. All rights reserved.

Pope's Punishment and Daryl's Baptism by Fire on The Walking Dead

Vulture 12 September, 2021 - 08:59pm

Things get heated when Pope (Ritchie Coster) throws Daryl (Norman Reedus) out of the frying pan and into the fire on The Walking DeadSpoiler warning for Season 11 Episode 4, "Rendition." A Reaper reunion with Leah (Lynn Collins) brings Daryl to the Meridian, where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Wardens lived until just before Season 10. It's now home base to Pope and The Chosen Ones, the true name of Pope's squad of mercenaries forged by fire and ordained by God, and it's there that Daryl has his baptism by fire when he's locked inside a burning shed with Leah. 

Daryl helps Leah escape and passes Pope's test of being "forged by fire." He's welcomed with "Fortitudo Saludis," the solemn war cry of The Chosen Ones. Pope's soldiers survived their trial by fire when they were bombed to holy hell and left without a burn or a scratch, leaving them with nothing but their brothers and sisters in arms. 

It's Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) who suffers Pope's wrath when he's accused of fleeing the enemy during an attack that killed one of their own: Michael Turner. Bossie has wounds on his back but swears he was facing the enemy when Turner died. 

Pope sermonizes about the "divine strength" shown by Daryl when facing his fear and risking it all to save Leah, telling his newest Chosen One, "God baptized you in that fire. Made you one of us."

God is forgiving, but Pope is not. "Never turn your back on your brother. God doesn't only use fire as His baptism. It's also His wrath," says Pope, pressing Bossie into open flames. As Bossie burns, Pope's boot pushed into his back, he reminds The Chosen Ones: "We run into the battle. We run into the fire. Always."

"This idea of a trial by fire just felt like this divine test. We felt like that was just a very dramatic way to illustrate the type of danger that they're all in, but Leah too," explained showrunner Angela Kang on The Walking Dead: Episode Insider. "For whatever it's worth, there is kind of a turning point for Leah in that moment as well. Because it's one thing to be inside the circle of love and to feel like she's one of his favorites, and he sees her as a daughter, but what kind of father sticks their daughter in a room and sets it on fire?"

"That is super, super intense, and so for both of these characters, they kinda come out of this, and Pope intends for them to come out feeling like changed people," continued Kang. "And they do, but maybe not in the way that he's thinking is going to help them."

Daryl and Leah may be forged by fire, but Bossie's death could burn away what's left of Leah's loyalty to the family she found before the apocalypse

"In the scene where he puts Bossie's head in the fire, we wanted to show a few things. One is that, in the apocalypse, we've seen our characters, we've seen villains, we've seen a lot of them do some pretty intense things," Kang said. "And the question is, who are the people that are going to stand up to that, and who is just going to try to live with it, and who is complicit in it, who is cheering it on?"

Daryl's not out of the fire yet: Pope will test his loyalty when The Chosen Ones return in Season 11 Episode 6, "On the Inside." 

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Pope's Punishment and Daryl's Baptism by Fire on The Walking Dead

AFORHTV 12 September, 2021 - 08:59pm

Things get heated when Pope (Ritchie Coster) throws Daryl (Norman Reedus) out of the frying pan and into the fire on The Walking DeadSpoiler warning for Season 11 Episode 4, "Rendition." A Reaper reunion with Leah (Lynn Collins) brings Daryl to the Meridian, where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Wardens lived until just before Season 10. It's now home base to Pope and The Chosen Ones, the true name of Pope's squad of mercenaries forged by fire and ordained by God, and it's there that Daryl has his baptism by fire when he's locked inside a burning shed with Leah. 

Daryl helps Leah escape and passes Pope's test of being "forged by fire." He's welcomed with "Fortitudo Saludis," the solemn war cry of The Chosen Ones. Pope's soldiers survived their trial by fire when they were bombed to holy hell and left without a burn or a scratch, leaving them with nothing but their brothers and sisters in arms. 

It's Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) who suffers Pope's wrath when he's accused of fleeing the enemy during an attack that killed one of their own: Michael Turner. Bossie has wounds on his back but swears he was facing the enemy when Turner died. 

Pope sermonizes about the "divine strength" shown by Daryl when facing his fear and risking it all to save Leah, telling his newest Chosen One, "God baptized you in that fire. Made you one of us."

God is forgiving, but Pope is not. "Never turn your back on your brother. God doesn't only use fire as His baptism. It's also His wrath," says Pope, pressing Bossie into open flames. As Bossie burns, Pope's boot pushed into his back, he reminds The Chosen Ones: "We run into the battle. We run into the fire. Always."

"This idea of a trial by fire just felt like this divine test. We felt like that was just a very dramatic way to illustrate the type of danger that they're all in, but Leah too," explained showrunner Angela Kang on The Walking Dead: Episode Insider. "For whatever it's worth, there is kind of a turning point for Leah in that moment as well. Because it's one thing to be inside the circle of love and to feel like she's one of his favorites, and he sees her as a daughter, but what kind of father sticks their daughter in a room and sets it on fire?"

"That is super, super intense, and so for both of these characters, they kinda come out of this, and Pope intends for them to come out feeling like changed people," continued Kang. "And they do, but maybe not in the way that he's thinking is going to help them."

Daryl and Leah may be forged by fire, but Bossie's death could burn away what's left of Leah's loyalty to the family she found before the apocalypse

"In the scene where he puts Bossie's head in the fire, we wanted to show a few things. One is that, in the apocalypse, we've seen our characters, we've seen villains, we've seen a lot of them do some pretty intense things," Kang said. "And the question is, who are the people that are going to stand up to that, and who is just going to try to live with it, and who is complicit in it, who is cheering it on?"

Daryl's not out of the fire yet: Pope will test his loyalty when The Chosen Ones return in Season 11 Episode 6, "On the Inside." 

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Pope's Punishment and Daryl's Baptism by Fire on The Walking Dead

The New York Times 12 September, 2021 - 08:59pm

Things get heated when Pope (Ritchie Coster) throws Daryl (Norman Reedus) out of the frying pan and into the fire on The Walking DeadSpoiler warning for Season 11 Episode 4, "Rendition." A Reaper reunion with Leah (Lynn Collins) brings Daryl to the Meridian, where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Wardens lived until just before Season 10. It's now home base to Pope and The Chosen Ones, the true name of Pope's squad of mercenaries forged by fire and ordained by God, and it's there that Daryl has his baptism by fire when he's locked inside a burning shed with Leah. 

Daryl helps Leah escape and passes Pope's test of being "forged by fire." He's welcomed with "Fortitudo Saludis," the solemn war cry of The Chosen Ones. Pope's soldiers survived their trial by fire when they were bombed to holy hell and left without a burn or a scratch, leaving them with nothing but their brothers and sisters in arms. 

It's Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) who suffers Pope's wrath when he's accused of fleeing the enemy during an attack that killed one of their own: Michael Turner. Bossie has wounds on his back but swears he was facing the enemy when Turner died. 

Pope sermonizes about the "divine strength" shown by Daryl when facing his fear and risking it all to save Leah, telling his newest Chosen One, "God baptized you in that fire. Made you one of us."

God is forgiving, but Pope is not. "Never turn your back on your brother. God doesn't only use fire as His baptism. It's also His wrath," says Pope, pressing Bossie into open flames. As Bossie burns, Pope's boot pushed into his back, he reminds The Chosen Ones: "We run into the battle. We run into the fire. Always."

"This idea of a trial by fire just felt like this divine test. We felt like that was just a very dramatic way to illustrate the type of danger that they're all in, but Leah too," explained showrunner Angela Kang on The Walking Dead: Episode Insider. "For whatever it's worth, there is kind of a turning point for Leah in that moment as well. Because it's one thing to be inside the circle of love and to feel like she's one of his favorites, and he sees her as a daughter, but what kind of father sticks their daughter in a room and sets it on fire?"

"That is super, super intense, and so for both of these characters, they kinda come out of this, and Pope intends for them to come out feeling like changed people," continued Kang. "And they do, but maybe not in the way that he's thinking is going to help them."

Daryl and Leah may be forged by fire, but Bossie's death could burn away what's left of Leah's loyalty to the family she found before the apocalypse

"In the scene where he puts Bossie's head in the fire, we wanted to show a few things. One is that, in the apocalypse, we've seen our characters, we've seen villains, we've seen a lot of them do some pretty intense things," Kang said. "And the question is, who are the people that are going to stand up to that, and who is just going to try to live with it, and who is complicit in it, who is cheering it on?"

Daryl's not out of the fire yet: Pope will test his loyalty when The Chosen Ones return in Season 11 Episode 6, "On the Inside." 

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Pope's Punishment and Daryl's Baptism by Fire on The Walking Dead

Rolling Stone 12 September, 2021 - 08:59pm

Things get heated when Pope (Ritchie Coster) throws Daryl (Norman Reedus) out of the frying pan and into the fire on The Walking DeadSpoiler warning for Season 11 Episode 4, "Rendition." A Reaper reunion with Leah (Lynn Collins) brings Daryl to the Meridian, where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Wardens lived until just before Season 10. It's now home base to Pope and The Chosen Ones, the true name of Pope's squad of mercenaries forged by fire and ordained by God, and it's there that Daryl has his baptism by fire when he's locked inside a burning shed with Leah. 

Daryl helps Leah escape and passes Pope's test of being "forged by fire." He's welcomed with "Fortitudo Saludis," the solemn war cry of The Chosen Ones. Pope's soldiers survived their trial by fire when they were bombed to holy hell and left without a burn or a scratch, leaving them with nothing but their brothers and sisters in arms. 

It's Bossie (Michael Shenefelt) who suffers Pope's wrath when he's accused of fleeing the enemy during an attack that killed one of their own: Michael Turner. Bossie has wounds on his back but swears he was facing the enemy when Turner died. 

Pope sermonizes about the "divine strength" shown by Daryl when facing his fear and risking it all to save Leah, telling his newest Chosen One, "God baptized you in that fire. Made you one of us."

God is forgiving, but Pope is not. "Never turn your back on your brother. God doesn't only use fire as His baptism. It's also His wrath," says Pope, pressing Bossie into open flames. As Bossie burns, Pope's boot pushed into his back, he reminds The Chosen Ones: "We run into the battle. We run into the fire. Always."

"This idea of a trial by fire just felt like this divine test. We felt like that was just a very dramatic way to illustrate the type of danger that they're all in, but Leah too," explained showrunner Angela Kang on The Walking Dead: Episode Insider. "For whatever it's worth, there is kind of a turning point for Leah in that moment as well. Because it's one thing to be inside the circle of love and to feel like she's one of his favorites, and he sees her as a daughter, but what kind of father sticks their daughter in a room and sets it on fire?"

"That is super, super intense, and so for both of these characters, they kinda come out of this, and Pope intends for them to come out feeling like changed people," continued Kang. "And they do, but maybe not in the way that he's thinking is going to help them."

Daryl and Leah may be forged by fire, but Bossie's death could burn away what's left of Leah's loyalty to the family she found before the apocalypse

"In the scene where he puts Bossie's head in the fire, we wanted to show a few things. One is that, in the apocalypse, we've seen our characters, we've seen villains, we've seen a lot of them do some pretty intense things," Kang said. "And the question is, who are the people that are going to stand up to that, and who is just going to try to live with it, and who is complicit in it, who is cheering it on?"

Daryl's not out of the fire yet: Pope will test his loyalty when The Chosen Ones return in Season 11 Episode 6, "On the Inside." 

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