What Do Michonne & Daryl's Scars Mean on 'The Walking Dead'? 7 Theories

Emily Hannemann

One of the weirdest, biggest mysteries from the first half of The Walking Dead’s ninth season has been the strange X-shaped scars on Michonne and Daryl’s backs.

Director Michael Cudlitz spoke to EW about the scars and said “It’s a really f**ked-up story” and that “it was bad.” He promised answers to the mystery later on in the series, but other than that, details have been scarce. Meanwhile, fans on Reddit, Twitter and other platforms have been speculating as to what the scars mean and why Michonne and Daryl are marked.

Click through the gallery for seven popular theories about the pair’s twin markings, and what those marks imply could have happened over the six-year time jump.

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