Last weekend, The Walking Dead aired its final episode after years of being one of AMC’s most popular shows. The series became a cultural phenomenon, and no character was more beloved than Norman Reedus‘ Daryl Dixon. Introduced as a seemingly throwaway character in the first season, Daryl blew up to be one of the faces of the show, and his will-they-or-won’t-they romance with Carol (Melissa McBride) drove conversation online almost as much as any other relationship on the show.
The character Magna (Nadia Hilker) came on late in the game and injected excitement into a series that was beginning to feel dull.
At the series finale event this weekend, ComicBook.com asked Reedus and Hilker what they would do differently if they could turn back time and alter one moment on The Walking Dead. They had extremely different responses.
“I think maybe the Alpha story. I would have liked to hang out with Alpha a little bit more,” Reedus said. “It was fun to work with Samantha. I know she was a bad guy, but I liked her whole Axl Rose vibe, and she was really fun to work with. You learn a lot watching Samantha work.”
“I wish Yumiko’s and Magna’s sex scene could have been a bit more intense, but it’s network, so we can’t,” Hilker said. “And now that I’m standing here with Norman, I think we would also have — I think Magna and Daryl kind of hate each other, but they’re also very similar. I think there could have been a lot there that could have been explored.”
Daryl’s story is set to continue in a spinoff series that will take him on an adventure to Europe. In the interview, he briefly talks about the scale of his new journey and some of the challenges he’ll face along the way.
The finale on Sunday drew in more than 2 million viewers, the highest since February 2021; however, this is still low compared to the regular 10 million plus who watched during its peak. By spinning out characters like Negan and Maggie, Daryl Dixon and Rick and Michonne into their own spinoff stories, AMC seems to be hoping to recapture some of the original interest for The Walking Dead.
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