‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Dating Former Costar Emily Kinney

The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, 46, is rumored to be dating former costar, Emily Kinney, 29, according to Us Weekly. Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, and Kinney, who formerly played the role of Beth Greene, met on the set of the AMC zombie series, where they became close friends while working together.

A source close to both Reedus and Kinney tells the magazine, “They had a connection early on in the show, but the romance developed recently. They’re still pretty guarded about it.”

The source adds, “She always called him the sweetest guy on the set.”

In a shocking turn of events on The Walking Dead’s fifth midseason finale, Kinney’s character, Beth, was killed off in 2014. Even after Emily’s character was killed off, Norman and Emily stayed in touch through text messages, appearances at fan conventions, and Kinney’s music gigs. Kinney, a singer and songwriter, is focusing on starting a music career. Reedus was spotted by Walking Dead fans in the audience at Kinney’s May 21 show in Decatur, Georgia, and it’s been said he’s attended other shows of hers, as well.

The same source also says, “He was one of the first to support her at her concerts when she was still on the show.”

There’s been long-time fan speculation about bringing on a love interest for Norman Reedus’s Walking Dead character, Daryl Dixon. Fans had hoped Emily Kinney’s character, Beth, was going to be that love interest, but those hopes were squashed when the character was killed off.

There’s also been speculation about romance in Reedus’s life offscreen. Norman Reedus fans have wondered if there’s a special lady in his life, and that lady could be his former costar. With the sweet scenes they shared on The Walking Dead, fans may just die of excitement after they hear this news.

When Kinney found out she’d been written off The Walking Dead, she told Us Weekly back in December, “Everyone reached out, though I remember Norman texted me — he’s so sweet.”

While The Walking Dead cast, including Norman Reedus, are currently in Atlanta filming Season 6, Kinney is on tour. She told Us Weekly she has a special keepsake she takes with her everywhere she goes.

“I’m not as much of a collector as everyone else. [But] I have this turtle shell Norman gave me that I take everywhere.”

Reedus and Kinney are both scheduled to appear at the Walker Stalker Con in Orlando, Florida, on June 27 and 28. If Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney really are dating, will their feelings for each other become evident or kept under wraps? What do you think of Norman and Emily dating?

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