Credit: Blake Tyers/AMC Photo: The Walking Dead Daryl Carries Carol

Here’s further proof that real men do love cats.

Norman Reedus plays a fan favorite character on The Walking Dead — the badass Daryl Dixon, who can fight dirty but still snuggle a baby and save a lady from certain peril. (Yes, it tends to be you, Carol.)

Norman talked to GQ about how he's like Daryl, and how they are different. On the differences side, he noted, "I'm driving back to Manhattan with a cat in my lap right now."

What kind of cat? "It's just this fat, black alley cat," Norman said. "My son wanted a black kitten when he was a kid, and I found it in the East Village in some rescue shelter, but it was born in a box and the guy that was getting rid of it was like, 'You don't want this cat. This cat's never gonna love anyone.' And the first time I saw it, it was like just hissing and scratching everything it saw and now it's like this big, fat, chill cat."

Credit: @wwwbigbaldhead Photo: Norman Reedus's Black Cat

Norman can get anyone to love him. Fans certainly love him — and they've promised to riot if Daryl is killed on The Walking Dead.

On that note, TWD executive producer and comic book writer Robert Kirkman told TV Guide, "Norman is so popular he makes me jealous. It's bonkers how much fan mail that guy gets! His character is not in the comic books, so it's not like his fate was sealed there. It's quite possible the fan reaction will guide what we do with Daryl." 

If that's the case, he may just live forever!

Sources: GQTV Guide

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