Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead as Daryl Dixon

Norman Reedus Retweets Catholic Sign: ‘The End Is Near Keep The Faith We Still Have Daryl Dixon’ [Opinion]

Noman Reedus retweeted a tweet that read #IStillHaveFaithIn Daryl Dixon, with a photo depicting the marquee sign of Our Lady of Martyrs Catholic Chuch. The sign had a strange message but The Walking Dead fans know exactly what it means.

“The end is near, Keep the faith, we have Daryl Dixon.”

Daryl Dixon as portrayed by Norman Reedus gives The Walking Dead viewers plenty of reasons to keep the faith. Dixon is a powerful inspiration in these tough times.

While Daryl Dixon may not be the object of most people’s faith, many feel the need to call upon their inner Daryl a lot these days. The twenty-first century has been a tough 17 years for many. Thankfully, for seven of those years, Norman Reedus has given The Walking Dead fans Daryl Dixon.

Like Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, everyone seems to have that apocalyptic feeling. Apart from the dismal job market and ever-increasing expenses, it seems that doomsday scenarios like the one in The Walking Dead rule the entertainment industry and media. Even religion is pointing toward the end of days.

Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon is an inspiration. Even though the twenty-first century has failed to produce anything as interesting as a zombie apocalypse, or any other kind of apocalypse for that matter, at least yet, there is a sense of apprehension.

Daryl Dixon teaches The Walking Dead fans how to get by with less, keep the faith when everything is going horribly wrong, and most of all how to survive unbelievable hardships with that incredible Dixon grit.

Daryl Dixon as portrayed by Norman Reedus went to the school of hard knocks. Now an increasing number of Americans are going to Daryl’s alma mater, in the current economy.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon is quoted in the Huffington Post from a scene in The Walking Dead.

“You want to know what I was before all of this? I was nobody.”

Daryl Dixon’s words might be a comfort to those who are finding that nobody feeling. A lot of people are unemployed or underemployed, and definitely unappreciated in a competitive job market.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon makes one thing quite clear in this quote from Soap Shows; all this damage is going to make the survivors of hardship stronger.

“Damaged people are dangerous. They know how to survive.”

Norman Reedus also reminds The Walking Dead Fans, that just because Daryl Dixon is tough doesn’t make him a “superhero” or anything other than human. It’s hard for Daryl Dixon, and for Norman Reedus as well as he explains in this quote from Soap Shows.

“Each fight means something to Daryl. He’s not a superhero. He’s broken. He’s trying.”

Daryl Dixon tries and so does Norman Reedus and it isn’t always easy to always be the hero when after all, a man is only flesh and blood. One has to choose one’s battles and fight for what is important. It is also important to know when to let something go because it isn’t that important.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon was quoted in Star Pulse having something to say about those who feel lucky to have anything, even if it’s not what they would prefer. Dixon is joking but appreciative of the small blessings. Norman Reedus’ character is aware of where he comes from, and he isn’t ashamed. Dixon accepts the situation for what it is.

“Peanut butter and jelly, diet soda and pig’s feet. That’s a white trash brunch right there.”

Norman Reedus, as a masterful actor, makes us feel the nature of a man accustomed to hardship and living by his own instincts. Daryl Dixon also lets The Walking Dead viewers know, you can’t always get what you want.

“Yeah, and people in hell want Slurpees.”

Still, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon has his pride. Norman’s character is strong in that way, and he knows how to fight back. While it is important to live to fight another day, it is also important to know that day will come. It’s easy to end up begging for a job, a handout, or for more days on the utility bills, but as Daryl Dixon once said.

“I ain’t nobody’s b**ch”

Still, Daryl Dixon comes with a full range of emotions and sometimes even Norman Reedus has to cry to express the emotions of a situation. It’s hard on Reedus to show that side because for Daryl to experience it Norman has to feel it deeply.

Norman Reedus as Daryl on The Walking Dead
Norman Reedus as Daryl on The Walking Dead [Image by Gene Page/AMC]

Norman Reedus told Entertainment Weekly just how hard it was for him to do the scene where Daryl Dixon had to deal with Merle Dixon’s turning into a zombie. Losing a brother was especially painful for both Daryl Dixon and Norman Reedus.

“I hated that day. I hated it. I’m not one of those people that can turn it on and just cry a flood of tears and then just turn it off and go have a coffee and be cool again. I go to bed thinking about it and I have a knot in my stomach and I wake up and I don’t want to go to work.”

Even Norman Reedus finds it tough being Daryl Dixon on days like that. But sometimes one just has to be miserable to be a good Daryl. Perhaps there is a huge life lesson in that somewhere.

Norman Reedus continues explaining that miserable feeling, and the reward of it.

“We’re about to film it, and everything floods to the front and you’re just miserable. I mean, I have to get miserable to play miserable and that day was miserable for everybody, and I think that’s what made that scene so good.”

So Norman Reedus acknowledges that there are days even he would rather stay in bed, but Daryl Dixon has to keep on going. It’s the same for those who look to Daryl Dixon for inspiration in their own darkest hours. It isn’t always easy being the hero when you know you are going to get beaten yet again, lose someone you love, or feel humiliated.

Norman Reedus hated season 7A. It was so painful. Daryl Dixon was captured by Negan last season. He was beaten, tortured, and humbled, but even so, Dixon refused to allow Negan to strip him of his identity. Negan asked Daryl who he was after all that, and though his mouth was swollen and sore, Norman Reedus, speaking as Dixon replied, “Daryl.”

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon gives thumbs up on The Walking Dead
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon gives thumbs up on The Walking Dead [Image by Gene Page/AMC]

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Norman Reedus in that moment summed up his character in one word. It’s important to know who one is, and to be proud of that, even if it doesn’t seem all that impressive at the time. Even when it would be easier to pretend to be someone else. Even if the pressure is strong to just blend in and deny one’s own identity, it’s necessary to hold individuality and identity as sacred.

Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon reminds fans that sometimes hardship can bring out the hero in some people and it does make people stronger.

[Featured Image by Gene Page/AMC]

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