Maybe Daryl Dixon will settle down after-all! This past weekend, San Diego Comic-Con held their at-home panels, including The Walking Dead. Norman Reedus, who portrays Daryl Dixon on the hit show was one of its panelists. Reedus discussed the future of Daryl and how he’d like to see things slow down for the character.
Unfortunately, Daryl has suffered a lot of loss over the seasons, including his brother Merle (Michael Rooker). Daryl is one of the two last remaining characters on The Walking Dead, with the other being Carol (Melissa McBride).
During the at-home panel, Reedus discussed the tenuous relationship with Carol. “There was a lot of trust issues he was having,” Reedus said. “He’s watching a friend have these multiple nervous breakdowns and act on ‘em but it’s also was putting certain members of the group in danger. We were losing people so there was that sort of heartbreak there.”
Along with the loss of characters, Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) departure also left Reedus with the additional burden of requiring the character to be more of a leader than ever before.
“With Michonne leaving, he promised her he would take care of those children,” Reedus said. “So he’s trying to play daddy and do everything correctly there and watching his friend have a breakdown and trying to be there to support her and keep this group together while we’re being attacked. Different days were focused on different fights. Mentally, it was pretty exhausting having to go from all the different directions.”
Demands like supporting Carol make playing daddy challenging.
“It was a hard thing for Daryl to do to have to watch his friend [Carol] go through that and have to be there for her but also try to keep up an appearance for Judith to see that he’s there for her as well,” Reedus said. “You have to be in a lot of different places at the same time.”
He had basically said, ‘Hey, leave me alone. I’ve got a nice little house in the woods. Can you guys just leave me alone for a little while? I’ve got this cool dog now.’ I think he’s the kind of character that’s always going to be there, I don’t want to say reluctantly. I remember when Alpha first shows up, he was just kind of visiting Hilltop and she was at the door going, ‘Who’s the leader?’ He’s looking around and no one’s saying anything and he’s like okay, I’ll go talk to her. He’s constantly being put in these situations.”
“I think part of him likes being Uncle Daryl,” Reedus said. “You have those moments with scenes with Judith or like the snowball fight that we had when we came back to Alexandria that one season. I think those moments of kind hearted laughter and togetherness, I think he needs that as well. He’s never the guy who initiates them although I did throw the first snowball, so…”
Well, let’s hope Reedus’ wishes come true! Is it too late for Carol and Daryl to settle down and make little Caryls?
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