HNN Walking Dead Season 3 interview with Norman Reedus

As horror fans await the highly anticipated season premiere of “The Walking Dead,” many wonder what will become of their favorite characters and who will survive Season 3. HNN Senior Editor, Christine Caprilozzi caught up with Norman Reedus who plays “Daryl Dixon”,to talk about the upcoming season, the evolution of Daryl Dixon, and the reemergence of Merle Dixon.

Horror News Network: “Daryl Dixon” is without a doubt one of the most popular characters on “The Walking Dead,” however, he is not in the comic. With that being said, how did you go about preparing for the role of “Daryl”?

Norman Reedus: I went from the conspirator in savannah straight in to this in Atlanta. It was written at first very “fuck you, fuck you” and I knew that was the part. I just tried to make it seem like I’m still a little brother who’s lost his big brother. I tried to tear up in between “fuck you’s” and tossing squirrels at people. I’m a fan of Daryl myself. I like the way he puffs his chest up even when he’s low. He’s an underdog. You root for him, and he would do anything to keep these people alive. I think the fact that someone is relying on him has taken him out of his shell. He’s wounded and up against the wall, defensive, and coming in to his own…I’m a lot like that. This job has forced me to do that in some extent in my real life. I’m growing right alongside Daryl. So, I just pay attention.

 

Horror News Network: Season 2 saw quite a bit of character development for Daryl. He went from crazy redneck to showing a bit more depth and humanity. With the re-emergence of his brother Merle, how will this affect Daryl in general?

Norman Reedus: He wants to find his brother. The difference is he’s a different person now, and the conflict that his brother brings will now be his conflict between this group and his brother. He’s between a rock and a hard place, but that’s where he always is within himself.

He’s chest out chin down, eyes wide open, up against the wall ready to swing.

 

Horror News Network: Season 2 also saw the demise of Shane, after which Daryl became sort of Rick’s “go to” guy. Can you give us any hint as to how Merle’s re-appearance affects Daryl’s allegiance to Rick and the group? (I can’t imagine Merle has forgotten the whole “hand” ordeal)

Norman Reedus: Daryl and Shane agreed on almost everything if you think about it. Merle is just Merle. He’s not gonna stop this train even if he tries. We are all too close and we’ve gone thru too much together.

 

Horror News Network: The footage released so far from the prison looks pretty intense. What was filming like for the upcoming season?

Norman Reedus: It’s exactly like it looks…intense! Grace Walker designed that prison and every inch of it is a work of art. It’s a museum of death.

 

Horror News Network: How much of Norman is brought to the role of Daryl?

Norman Reedus: A lot. We are very similar…minus the squirrels and accent.

 

Horror News Network: What’s the best part of playing Daryl? Riding motorcycles? Killing zombies? Making ear necklaces?

Norman Reedus: Working with this team, I love every one of them. The rest is all gravy.

 

Horror News Network: “Walking Dead” is pretty much a show where any character can die at any time. Do you cringe every time you get a new script?

Norman Reedus: Yup! We all do.

 

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus

Horror News Network: Thanks so much for your time Norman! “The Walking Dead” premieres October 14th.

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Christine Caprilozzi
Senior Editor at Horror News Network
Christine Bucci-Caprilozzi joined the Horror News Network staff in 2005 when the site was still ComicMonsters.com. She started as a Staff Journalist adding interviews, comic reviews and convention coverage. Christine is also the Lead Organizer/Director of the CT HorrorFest and is a firm believer in keeping the indie spirit of the horror community alive. You can follow her on Twitter @Christine_HNN.
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