Norman Reedus Talks ‘Walking Dead’ Season 6, Inner Turmoil, And ‘Wild Animals’ [Spoilers]

Norman Reedus shared his take on The Walking Dead Season 6 with Entertainment Weekly during an EW cover shoot.

The show returns to AMC on October 11, and Reedus was armed with targeted plot commentary about how Daryl Dixon and other character favorites, including Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln), will be dealing with the transition from zombies to community unrest to external pressures imposed on the survivors.

The well-written drama had fans yearning to see the cast of Season 5 find solace in the community of Alexandria. However, unrest, at best, played out onscreen, with the juxtaposition of necessarily-wary seasoned survivalists into a community softened by a false sense of safety compounded by strict social order. Has what Norman Reedus called “the big bad world” pushed some fellow members of Rick Grimes’ group over the edge?

“Season 6 is much different than the previous seasons… It’s kind of our group being okay with stability and fighting stability and figuring out if we can actually live with other people.”

Reedus warned Entertainment Weekly that fans should expect “a lot of internal conflict.”

Norman Reedus is famed for his eloquent mastery of Daryl Dixon’s internal conflict. Loyal to those he trusts, Dixon appeared to feel caged in the community of Alexandria in Season 5. Reedus explains how Dixon could begin to evolve in Season 6.

“A lot of characters that you didn’t see having beef are starting to have beef—there’s a lot of mistrust… Ultimately, it comes down to what Lincoln says is, ‘them and us.’ When I read the first script, I called [producer Scott M. Gimple] up and went, ‘You know, I say them and they, and us and we a lot.’ He said, ‘That’s your journey, from them to us.’ “

“I ain’t who you think I am,” said Reedus (as Daryl) in a clip from The Walking Dead Season 6.

Norman Reedus shared on.

“You’ve taken a bunch of wild animals and put them in a domestic environment, and some of them prefer to be wild animals, and some of them can’t figure out how to be anything other than that. So, we’ve come to a place where we can live with the public or live in a community and us having inner turmoil with trying to discover if that’s possible or not.”

The context of how “wild” the animals described by Norman Reedus will become remains to be seen. Diehard fans know to expect impending violence from the predatory Wolves, a homicidal pack of Alexandria discards lurking just outside the community walls. Toss in a few unwelcome walkers, a long-lost Rick seeker, and brutal justice for a battered wife, and all that is well could break loose.

As recently reported by the Inquisitr, Reedus made headlines along with Andrew Lincoln with the following “bromance” shot photobombed by Melissa McBride (cookie-baking survival master Carol Peletier).

Can’t get enough of Norman? Watch out for him in the new movie Air (and yes, the hair is all there), set for release August 14. Per Crave, the film premiered at 2015 San Diego Comic Con. Fans can follow Norman Reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) on Twitter.

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