Should Walking Dead fans be worried? When it comes to the often brutal AMC zombie hit, the answer is always yes.
But a post on Walking Dead star Norman Reedus’s Facebook page may signal events far worse than what fans have come to already expect — especially considering the toll it took on the actor himself.
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
Reedus posted a snippet from the latest TV Guide describing shooting Walking Dead’s mid-season finale, which airs November 30.
“Reedus describes the hour’s final moments as so devastating that they unleashed an intense wave of feelings before the cameras rolled. ‘I sat on an apple box with my head between my legs and just balled for an hour,’ he says. ‘I really wanted not to tear up during [the scene] — I wanted to be like I wasted every tear in my body before we started shooting — so I just sat there and cried and cried and cried.'”
TV Guide elaborated further, stating that “the tragic events will push Daryl into new emotional territory.” Reedus agrees.
“[Daryl’s] one of those characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it,” Reedus says, “but the carrot falls in the mud right before he’s about to get it.”
The obvious theory floating around is that either Carol or Beth will succumb to Grady Memorial Hospital’s captors as Rick and the gang attempt to rescue them. But i09 has a more mind boggling theory altogether.
“What could possibly be so awful for Daryl that Reedus himself was forced to [cry] himself out before shooting?” the article asked.
“Obviously, not a lot of options come to mind, and they all revolve around a few specific characters dying. Losing any of the people I’m thinking of would be equally tragic for the viewers, so allow me suggest a way it could be even worse — what if more than one person Daryl cares about dies?”
If so, it would fall in line with recent quotes from The Walking Dead creator himself, Robert Kirkman, as reported by Inquisitr. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman teased a “deadly” mid-season finale. Offing both Carol and Beth would certainly fit the bill.
The only solace Walking Dead fans can surmise from Norman’s comments is that on the surface, it appears Daryl himself gets away physically unscathed. Emotionally, it sounds like Reedus’ character will be thrown through for a loop, but at least fans will still be able to see him when The Walking Dead returns in February.
[Norman Reedus/Daryl Dixon image via i09]