The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus thoroughly understands just how obsessed some fans are with the hit series.
It’s no secret that the folks at AMC struck ratings gold with its adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed comic book series. Although Reedus’ character didn’t appear in the source material, this hasn’t stopped Daryl from becoming one of the show’s most beloved heroes.
However, all of this success hasn’t come without its fair share of obsessive fans. During his recent interview with Men’s Journal, Reedus discussed some of the strange things he’s seen during his stint on the show.
In addition to inspiring fans to refers to themselves as Dixon’s Vixens or Reedusluts, the Walking Dead star said some people aren’t above getting the character’s name and visage permanently inked into their skin.
“I’ve seen Daryl tattooed on maybe a thousand people. I’ve been asked to put my breath in a bottle and seal it up. I’ve had babies named after me. There was one lady who asked me for an autograph, and she pulled a chicken out of her shirt — she wanted me to hold her chicken,” Reedus told the publication.
Although people absolutely adore the actor on The Walking Dead, his character wasn’t always so lovable. During the show’s early days, Daryl Dixon was just as racist and screwed up as his brother. However, Reedus wasn’t very happy with how the character was originally conceived.
“It was written very ‘F*** you, f*** you, f*** you.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to take drugs. I want to have grown up in that environment and then been embarrassed of it,'” he said.
Unfortunately for fans, Norman Reedus hasn’t enjoyed much screen time during the fourth season of The Walking Dead. This initially led some websites to believe that producers were slowly phasing the character out of the story.
Reedus told The Wrap that he has no idea when Daryl will die. However, the actor revealed that the character has a pretty big episode lined up for later this season. Of course, that doesn’t meet the guy won’t meet his mater at the hands of the undead.
“We’d all be lying if we didn’t get the scripts and thumb through to the end to see if we’re still alive,” Reedus told the website.
He added, “It sucks when someone dies on that show, because we’re such a tight-knit family down there. We shoot it out in the woods, and we don’t have any of the other distractions that you would have on a set, say in Burbank, or something.”
Are you a fan of The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus? Would you continue watching the show if producers killed off Daryl?