After nearly 100 episodes Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon has become one of the most popular characters on The Walking Dead. CNET recently sat down with the man behind the motorcycle to discuss the next season, his origins, and plans for the future. Read the snippets below and make sure to catch the entire interview over at CNET.
Daryl spent half of Season 7 as Negan’s slave and the other dealing with the fallout. It wasn’t until the end that Daryl found his wings again and was able to fight. So what can we expect from him in Season 8? “It feels like our original show again,” Reedus admits. “I didn’t love last season, shooting it. I didn’t see anyone. I was crying all the time. I was naked and eating dog food. It was just no fun. This season feels like our show again.”
Daryl’s Dream Death
With the enormous fandom comes enormous fear that his character is on the chopping block. So how would he want Daryl to die in the show? “I think you’d see a sunset,” Reedus told CNET. “I would walk up over a hill and then a little wolf puppy would come out of the woods and follow me up. And people would just go, ‘Whatever happened to that guy?'”
Although Norman doesn’t have a say on Daryl’s fate, he DID have a say on his ride. “Early on I had a scene where I was supposed to ride a horse,” Reedus explained. “I’m terrified of horses so just when we were about to shoot, I said, ‘Well, whose motorcycle is that?’ And they go, ‘That’s your brother’s.’ And I go, ‘Well, if he can ride bikes I can probably ride bikes too.’ And so they changed the horse for the motorcycle last-minute because I was freaking out because of horses.” When pressed what his deal with horses was, he explained, “They have giant eyeballs and they can smell your fear.”
Make sure to catch the rest of the interview over at CNET! The Walking Dead Season 8 Premieres Sunday, October 22nd at 9PM on AMC.
He can’t just pick a death?? It’s gotta be a “noooo, he mysteriously disappeared” kind of deal? Come on. This is the only character I want to see dead before the show is over.
How come Daryl is the only character you want to see dead before the show is over? I’m just curious. I agree!
I wish Norman had just picked a death though. If the question was, how do you want Daryl’s story to end, then fine. But he was asked how he would want Daryl to die.