Initially, I thought the idea of Daryl joining up with the Reapers felt like the Claimers' arc, but in the case of Joe's gang, Daryl happened to run into them, and was only marginally involved just out of sense of survival. 5B's "Them" (his first appearance) and yes he's come a long way from the nervous "recruiter" he used to be. Yeah, I hope Negan's end is not predictable--in other words, it has nothing to do with the Maggie side of things, including Hershel. Since I doubt the showrunners will have him walk off into the sunset, a Negan death might com as a result of his longing for the man he was when his wife was alive (well, the Negan of the early ZA), and that would be a motivator to want his life of evil (more than he would ever be able to atone for) to come to an end while dealing with the series' final threat. That, or perhaps the series will use another flash-foward to see an elderly Negan as an accepted part of the community, in a manner similar to Carl's dream. Unless the Commonwealth will deal with the Reapers. Eh, but if Daryl only counts 20 members, it would make the Alexandria characters appear weak for not being to handle 20 people--unless the Reapers have heavy duty military weapons on their side.