In some twisted way, we actually believe the zombie apocalypse was the best thing to happen to The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). Before the you-know-what hit the fan, Daryl was aimlessly going through the motions of life. He had no purpose, no motivation, and nothing or no one he really cared about.
But post-apocalypse Daryl soon discovered that he is a skilled hunter and protector, and it didn’t take him long to form bonds with members of the now defunct Team Prison. Now that the prison has fallen we know that Daryl will be struggling between those two versions of himself and we can’t wait to see that play out, at least in part during this Sunday’s Season 4, Episode 12: “Still,” which will focus on Daryl and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney).
In advance of the March 2 installment Norman sat down with HuffPost Live and discussed his character in depth. One fan in particular asked Norman how he felt about Daryl’s progression
from “hot headed loner to cool headed right-hand man.” Here’s what the 45-year-old actor had to say: “I like the overall story of both, but in the beginning everything kind of just came out of the side of my face. ‘Don’t look at me, don’t look at me.’ That shows a certain level of shame, there’s a chip on his shoulder...now he speaks right in your face, he means everything he says. I like both.”
Noting that Season 1 Daryl was “ashamed of who he is and he thinks everyone doesn’t like him,” Norman now says that his on-screen counterpart has managed to forge connections with several people. “He gets along great with Carl,” Norman began. “He’s very tight with Rick, he’s tight with Carol.”
And now (at least pre-mideseason finale) that Daryl has found a group, he’s actually attached to each of them in their own way. “He’s still sort of a child inside. He’s sort of found a new sense of self-worth through these people so I think he would stick by anyone,” Norman explains.
Given that it’ll be just Daryl and Beth in this Sunday’s “Still,” it will be fun to watch how everything plays out, so long as everyone survives!
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: HuffPost Live