dale died eventually anyway. everyone dies eventually anyway.
there is a huge difference between cliched, cut and dry, safe writing and a dangerous, daring writing style that will sacrifice characters for the sake of plot. daryl makes rick's group too strong. that's why he has to die. that's the formula kirkman adheres to. false sense of security, bam, major strength of the group taken down. daryl will be replaced by tyreese, or abraham (who is way fuging cooler than daryl anyway) or someone else. a crazy preacher. a ninja samurai named jesus. a reclusive rastafarian named ezekiel.
having safe characters on a show like the walking dead is bullshit, and i'm pretty sure with kirkman still pulling strings behind the scenes that no one is safe.
its only mildly irritating because you're talking about things you don't really comprehend as if you know for a fact that daryl can't die.
i guarantee you i know more for a fact that daryl will die, and how he will will die than you know for certain he won't
but we're still cool bro