The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Rehashes Daryl and Carol’s Reunion
As gratifying as the scene was, though, it wasn’t without its drama: Daryl lied to Carol to keep her out of the bloodshed. Now actor Norman Reedus is talking us through those developments…
In that February 19 installment, “New Best Friends,” Daryl rediscovered his friend after Richard plotted to frame her for the death of some Saviors, which would have prompted Ezekiel to take action.
He whooped Richard for that idea then set out to find Carol’s cottage. After they reunited, Carol asked him if Negan had hurt anyone. He gave her a bold-faced lie, saying everyone was fine.
“She needs to hear that,” Norman says in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“She’s going through her own thing and there’s a reason why she separated herself and doesn’t want to be a killer anymore, and she’s losing herself, and I think Daryl realizes that.”
“It’s a very selfless act. He tells her what she needs to hear to keep going. He does it for her,” he elaborates.
“I think she can totally handle [the truth]. It’s just not what she needs,” he explains.
“Everyone’s path is their individual path, and she needs to be away from it because she’s losing herself,” the 48-year-old says.
“When your whole life is changed and your whole world is changed and the dynamics have changed, and you start to lose yourself — then what’s the point, you know?”
“I think that he realizes that she needs to hold on to something,” he continues.
“She’s been working towards it and it’s been hard for her, and he sees how hard it is for her to even make the choice to do what she’s doing now.
“And selflessly, he tells her what she needs to hear because he cares about her and doesn’t want to drag her into something that she doesn’t want to be a part of.”
On a personal level, Normal loved the chance to see castmate Melissa McBride again.
“It was great. We missed each other this whole time,” he says.
“It’s weird. She and I talk when we’re not filming and we’re like ‘How are you?’ It’s f—king bizarre!” he adds.
“So it’s hard and it’s a bittersweet reunion. We enjoy it, but we don’t enjoy being apart. And that goes for a lot of us.”
Norman says his isolation from Melissa was hard for him like his isolation from Andrew Lincoln was.
“There are certain characters where as soon as they start going, we start bawling. It’s kind of silly. But she’s definitely one of those for me.”
Now that Daryl has left the Kingdom, Norman Reedus says the character is totally unleashed.
“He wants revenge. He’s got tunnel vision right now. He wants to kill people. He wants to fight and get this over with to get rid of these bad guys. He’s ready to go. He’s got the family back together and he’s ready to kick ass.”
The Walking Dead Season 7 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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