Will Norman Reedus be killed off during Season 8 of The Walking Dead? For the last 12 months, devoted Daryl Dixon fans have been panicked that their favorite character was going to die. And the fear hasn't subsided.
But it sounds like it could be Daryl Dixon doing the killing — not the other way around. “He’s just got revenge on his mind this year,” Reedus told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s ready to kill everybody, no matter what the group says, no matter what anybody says. He’s just like, ‘Nah, screw it. Everybody dies.’ He’s very focused on revenge.”
As TWD returns for its eighth season on Oct. 22 fans are hoping that Rick Grimes and the gang will slowly but surely get back to their old selves. The dominance of Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) certainly didn't help ratings.
“Season 8 feels like our old show again,” Reedus said. “The people I like working with the most are the ones I’m working with again. The gang’s back together. The fight’s back in it. Last year was so rough. It didn’t feel like our show and I know it is our show, and you’ve got to do stuff like that, but last year felt so disconnected. Everyone was so disconnected in the core group. So it feels like it used to feel again which is really exciting.”
Worries about saying goodbye to Norman Reedus are nothing new. TWD fans were concerned Negan would use Lucille to kill Daryl. Then viewers thought Reedus was leaving the show when AMC announced his new series, Ride With Norman Reedus. And the rumor mill went crazy when reports came out that Reedus was selling his house in Atlanta.
So if Daryl Dixon isn't going to die, what can fans expect? “It’s a f—ing in-your-face action-packed IV of adrenaline,” Austin Amelio, who plays Dwight, told EW. “Season 7 was the ramp-up and now this is the blastoff. The stuff that’s happening is insane!”
“We’ve been knocked clear off our feet,” Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, said.
Seth Gilliam, who plays Father Gabriel, told the mag TWD Season 8 is “a Schwarzenegger versus Stallone action thing from the ’80s. I think there are, like, 10 explosions an episode. Every time you turn around, somebody’s shooting something or blowing something up. There’s some serious action that I don’t think we’ve seen on television since The A-Team went off the air.”
That could be good news for AMC which saw tremendous pushback last season from fans when Negan's storyline became so prominent. Many fans didn't like Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of Negan, saying the performance was too over-the- top and almost cartoonish.
The Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead yielded 11.3 million total viewers and 7.1 million among adults 18-49, according to Deadline. That represented a 20-percent drop in viewers from the Season 6 finale and a huge decline from TWD's all-time high in Season 5.
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