Norman Reedus did not pack any punches when he talked about how Daryl Dixon is going to handle the whole Season 6b/Negan situation. Fans of The Walking Dead have already seen that little extra clip that showed Negan’s henchmen stopping Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham on the road with their tanker.
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What has become quite clear for The Walking Dead is that Norman Reedus is holding a little back when he does his interviews. But when he sat down with Entertainment Weekly, he didn’t pull any punches when he referred to his character Daryl’s state of mind. As a matter of fact, furious might just be an understatement.
“He put himself out there and trusted some people, and it did backfire on him, and I think he comes back super pissed off,” Reedus told EW. “There’s a lot of that element for me. I mean, I know you know the bad guys that are coming.”
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Norman Reedus has been very active and keeps up to date with what’s been announced. There is not likely to be any fan of The Walking Dead out there that does not know that the comic book villain and future TV series big bad, Negan, has been cast and will be making an appearance near the end of Season 6.
That news has been circulating even before the season started, although it was all speculation then and fans of the show had been waiting to see who would be cast in the role. It was only in recent months though that The Walking Dead producers announced that Jeffrey Dean Morgan had been cast as the major villain.
“It’s been announced and well displayed for everyone to see, but there’s definite surprises coming with all of that, and you know, it’s battle time,” Norman Reedus said.
When Reedus says surprises, he sure isn’t kidding. Fans of the show are also likely fans of the original The Walking Dead comic book series by Robert Kirkman, who also serves as an executive producer on the show. The fact is, the show gets nearly all of its characters and storylines from the comics, but it is very different in many ways.
One of those ways it is different is the character that Norman Reedus himself plays. Daryl Dixon was not in the comic books. Also, Carol, even though she was in the comics, died early on and never made it this far. That also makes her a wild card in the show and is likely the reason she has turned into such a menacing hero that justifies her actions by endorsing the end result.
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But when Norman Reedus’ Daryl encounters the Negan gang on the road, things are about to go from bad to worse for him.
“He’s headstrong now, and he’s kind of turning into the same sort of aggressive person he was in the first part of the show, going back to his roots,” Reedus said. “I think he would definitely be making Merle [Daryl’s brother] proud right now.”
It also seemed to Norman that Daryl is taking all of this really personally. That includes the loss of his bike and his crossbow, which served him well throughout the series and as a lone wolf. He said that he is reflecting on what he has done to protect the people he is with, and it seems to him that it’s gotten him nowhere to become the man he is at that point.
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One thing that Reedus said is that Daryl has vengeance on his mind. And just like Rick Grimes said at the end of Season 4, “These people don’t know.”
Fans of The Walking Dead know exactly what that means. Daryl is about to unload on these poor, unsuspecting thugs, who really have no idea who they are messing with. Fans of the show should be prepared to cheer him on.
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