The Walking Dead has been keeping its fans in the dark here lately, and there has been a ton of speculation as to how the season is going to play out, which fans are trying to sync up with the comic books. But there was one character in particular that did not have a heavy presence in the first half of Season 6 on The Walking Dead, which was Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reedus addressed his lack of scenes in part 1 and spoke more directly about what fans will get to see from him in part 2 of Season 6.
The real disappointment for The Walking Dead fans is that Daryl did not get to take part in all of the major storylines in part 1, which included the fall of Alexandria or the dramatic three episodes that seemed to just float by on a breeze while fans wondered about the fate of Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun).
In the current climate of The Walking Dead universe, fans have really viewed the core group as those who are family until the end, tied together by the bonds of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. So for one of the core family members not to be around when so much horrible stuff is happening is not only devastating to the characters, but also to the fans that are watching.
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Reedus began by speaking about the first half for Season 6 of The Walking Dead.
“It is kind of weird. It feels like the band split up a little bit. It’s strange,” Reedus told EW. “I love working with those guys, but I had a lot of time off the first half, and what I did do was spread out.”
But what he was really driving at is that The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple has a clear vision for how he wants to move forward with the series and what he wants to take from the comic book, which has drastically been changed in many elements of the AMC series.
“Well, I know the story we’re trying to tell up to a certain extent, and there are a lot of characters, and I trust [Gimple’s] writing, and I trust his vision for where we’re going,” Reedus said. “Yeah, it’s a little hard to sit on the sidelines.”
Fans of The Walking Dead will be happy to hear that they are about to see much more of Daryl in the second half and if things go right, he will be there for his core family near the end, if the end happens.
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“I’m definitely excited for people to see the second half. I definitely have more to do,” Reedus said. “I look at what they’re doing, and I look at the storylines, and they all completely make sense to me.
Now that fans know Reedus will be back in the spotlight for Season 6, part 2 of The Walking Dead, you should not lose sight of the main vision for the show. The one that keeps it going forward is its propensity for death.
Executive Producer and comic book creator for The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman taped an episode of Inside the Actors Studio, which airs on Bravo on February 11, and reinforced for fans that The Walking Dead’s core purpose is still alive and well for the series, according to E! News.
“I like to say, ‘people gotsta die,’ because you want people to—you never want to lose that…if you go too long a period with characters surviving and being safe, you lose that element of, ‘Oh my god any of these characters can go at any moment,'” Kirkman said on the show.
This followed the announcement that Alicia Witt has joined The Walking Dead, which is presumably so that Kirkman can keep to his promise of killing off key characters.
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Witt is perhaps best known for her roles on Friday Night Lights, Justified, Cybill, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Two and a Half Men and Ally McBeal. She will also appear on an episode of Nashville. But suffice it to say, after season 6, fans will likely know her as victim number [fill in the blank] on The Walking Dead.
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