In a recent Twitter post, Norman Reedus revealed that Daryl was possibly supposed to lose his arm on “The Walking Dead.” Interestingly enough, it would have been Rick to cut off his arm after Daryl punched Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the face. However, it’s unclear why such an event would have led to Rick cutting off Daryl’s arm. Perhaps it would have been part of Rick’s unstable leader arc, though all one can do is speculate. Either way, Reedus also posted a photoshopped picture of Daryl with a prosthetic arm.
Either way, it’s obviously something that the writing team decided not to go through with, perhaps because it would have been too much work to have Reedus wear a fake prosthetic every episode or because it wouldn’t have made sense for Rick’s character to do such a thing. Once again, all one can do is speculate. It’s still a very interesting piece of behind-the-scenes knowledge for fans to take in, and just goes to show that plans are always evolving when it comes to the narrative direction of TV shows.