Remember when Daryl (Norman Reedus) was a prisoner of Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and his Saviors for the majority of ultra-depressing Season 7? Of course you do: Poor guy was left shivering in a closet, forced to eat dog food and listen to Easy Street on full-volume 24/7. His prison garb consisted of filthy sweats with a big orange “A” spray-painted on the front.
I’m not bringing up Daryl’s internment just to bum you out, it’s all about that mysterious “A”. Fans have wondered what exactly the “A” stands for in this case; it’s been an enduring mystery since there is no Daryl character in The Walking Dead comic book series to compare him against. Some hypothesized that the “A” was an allusion to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Scarlet Letter, or an indication of his status in terms of importance to Negan.
At the time, even Reedus weighed in: “I thought it meant Aquarius.”
On the DVD extras for The Walking Dead Season 7, available in stores and online now, we get a solid answer: Writer Angela Kang, who penned The Cell, stated: “It just means ‘Asshole’.” Kang goes on to explain that “S” and “F” stand for “Shithead” and “Fuckface” respectively (or, more accurately, dis-respectively!)
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for Season 8’s premiere on October 22nd. Check out the epic 5-minute trailer below.