“Daryl.” If anyone ever doubted the strength of The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), that doubt was erased with that very word. All Daryl had to do was pledge his loyalty by saying “I’m Negan” in exchange for avoiding further torture and instead becoming a top lieutenant in Negan’s army while getting all the perks and benefits that come with it. But when the time came to choose his fate, Daryl refused, citing his own name instead before being taken back to his cell.
It was big statement in a big episode for Daryl. EW spoke to Reedus to get his take on everything from that critical choice to that surprising nude scene. EW also asked the actor about his character’s emotional breakdown after viewing that gruesome Polaroid and Daryl’s unique relationship with his tormentor, Dwight.
It’s Negan’s world now, and everyone else is just living in it. Before the new world order of Season 7 arrives this Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c, take some time to reflect on some of Daryl’s most memorable moments from the past six seasons.
After the cliffhanger ending of Season Six, it seemed an awfully long wait for the return of The Walking Dead. With the new season fast approaching, we were excited to hear from the cast as they reveal what they think about returning to the series after such a traumatic ending to the last season, how they feel about Negan, and speculate on what will happen to Rick and the group as the new series starts.
Over the next few days, we’ll share with you some of what the cast can reveal about Season 7 of The Walking Dead.
Today we hear from Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), and Norman Reedus (Daryl).
You won’t have to wait long to see Norman Reedus back on AMC as his new unscripted motorcycle series, Ride with Norman Reedus, debuts June 12 on the network, but you will have to wait another four-and-a-half months to see if Daryl Dixon survived that season 6 cliffhanger of The Walking Dead.
Andrew Lincoln was so distraught, it was the only time he’s ever shown up late for work. Lauren Cohan says she didn’t even want to go to work. Josh McDermitt threw his script across the room.
Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead is as tough as they come, but the actor who plays him, Norman Reedus, reveals he got very emotional while filming a certain scene for Season 6, Episode 15.
The scene in question was one in which Glenn Rhee, Michonne, and Rosita Espinosa are trying to convince Daryl, who has left Alexandria to find and kill Dwight in order to avenge Denise’s death, to come home.
Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Talks About That Cliffhanger Ending, Teases ‘Most Hardcore Finale Ever’
In the closing seconds of Sunday’s penultimate Season 6 episode, Dwight aimed his pistol at Daryl and pulled the trigger — the blood splatter on the camera lens serving as grim confirmation that the bullet reached its intended target.
But is Daryl dead? We phoned Norman Reedus and kindly asked him to put our minds at ease. Sadly, he only made things worse.
A recurring theme on The Walking Dead this season has been the question of whether to kill. Is it better to shoot first and ensure survival through force, or show mercy and hope that mercy is shown to you in return?
Everyone (outside of Father Gabriel) on The Walking Dead has had their fair share of zombie kills. But Daryl Dixon’s always seem to have an extra flair about them. Maybe it’s the crossbow he has used to pierce so many walker skulls. However, when we asked star Norman Reedus to name his favorite zombie kill ever, the two he picked were completely crossbow-free. And they were both from season 5.
At the beginning of his career, Tricky’s moody, murky trip-hop hinted at a near future where humans would become kinkily intertwined with technology and increasingly alienated from each other. The past 20 years have more or less lived up to his predictions, while at the same time his lushly minimal electro-organic compositions have become crucial building blocks for the sound of contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and pop.