When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finally confessed to Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) that he banished Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) for killing sick Karen and David, the Powers That Be purposefully gave us viewers a limited time to take in Daryl’s reaction before The Governor (David Morrissey) disrupted life at the prison with his massive army tank. Just like us, Daryl also had a very brief window of time to process the news before he had to spring into action and fight off the enemy.
In an interview with CableTV.com Norman explains exactly what went into that Rick/Daryl exchange. “We worked on that scene, and it was written a little differently before we shot it — it was written so that it was explaining to me what happened, and I was upset about it, but I understood, and I kind of just moved forward,” Norman revealed, noting that he and a few others then made tweaks to the scene to make it more powerful. “Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, and I worked on that scene to make that conversation open-ended — like we were done having that talk, and wanted to wrap it up in a nice little bow, so to speak. You know I’ll always have Rick’s back no matter what, and we’ve all done things in the world that are inexcusable, but we’ve all been pushed to do things that we would never had done in a normal circumstance.”
Norman, Scott, and Greg soon realized that while it was fine to have some degree of open-endedness with that conversation, there also needed to be some clues that Daryl wasn’t necessarily accepting what he’d just been told, even if he did comprehend it. Norman explains, “We wanted to leave that conversation as if Daryl’s going, ‘Let me process this for a second,’ so that he understands but he’s not done talking about it. So we left it like that, because there’s no way at the end of that scene Daryl is happy with that decision, but it’s something we’re not done talking about yet. Then we get attacked, and we never get a chance to finish the conversation.”
As we’ve long suspected, we’re far from done with the Carol/Daryl/Rick story. We’re certainly expecting some confrontation between any or all of them and Norman promises something is coming. “We worked on that scene a lot to make it a much better scene so that that conversation is open-ended, and we’re not done talking about it — Daryl is not happy about that at all.”
Let’s also not forget that Tyreese (Chad Coleman) is still in the dark about what Carol did, so there’s obvious potential for a confrontation on that front as well. We’ve enjoyed the back half of Season 4 so far, but it’s about time we start to see some of the stories have some serious payoff. What are you waiting for, Gimple!
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The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.