Norman Reedus on Playing Daryl and the Future of ‘The Walking Dead’

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It comes as no surprise that the cast of The Walking Dead love the series as much, if not more than the fans. They film in the Georgia heat, get terrible bug bites and risk dehydration, end up in fake blood, run from zombies, and act out elaborate scenes of war not geared toward the undead.

As to be expected, a show like The Walking Dead, or any show that wants long-term survival has to change. It must evolve and allow for new, however, it’s important not to stray completely from the roots.

Recently, Norman Reedus spoke about what’s next for Daryl and how long he’d play the character. Spoiler alert, we like his answer.

‘There’s some really good Daryl stuff coming up with some of the characters he’s been going toe-to-toe with. I love the way some of those stories get wrapped in the end. There’s a real beauty to it. It’s not exactly the way that you think. It wraps up in a very poetic way.’

We have our own conclusions about who we believe he may be talking about, but we’re not making any guesses just yet. We’d rather let this one play out on its own.

Norman loves his role as Daryl and at CES 2018 said he would play him inevitably.

‘I could play Daryl Dixon forever.’

Norman went on to say something that we’ve all been saying ourselves. Hearing it from him resonates through the fan base.

The people that started this show, to me, are the heart of the show. When you lose those key members, it’s such a big blow to the show, and to the fans, and to us that are there. Who’s left? There’s only a few of us left out of all those people. If you wanted to turn it into a totally different show, you get rid of those people. But if you want to hold on to what made the show special, you’ve got to be very careful what you do with those people.’

We have to say, we agree. There’s only so much change that can happen before the series does become something else entirely and what The Walking Dead has is too special to lose. It’s a series about a zombie apocalypse that grew to become something so much bigger. It started a family of viewers across the world, it’s a series about heart.

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