All guts, all gory! Entertainment Weekly takes you behind the scenes of the series that lives to shock. In this week’s cover story on the pulse-pounding return of The Walking Dead, we’ll take a deep dive into the jaw-dropping twists, scripts that made the cast physically ill, and a new villain who’s more terrifying than any zombie. To buy all six collectible covers, head here – and subscribe now for the exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. And for more Walking Dead scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
With apologies to the Incredible Hulk, you wouldn’t like Daryl Dixon when he’s angry. And according to the man who plays him, that is exactly what we are about to see. In the wake of having his motorcycle and crossbow stolen and now being told that all his property belongs to Negan, Daryl will be in a bit of a mood when The Walking Dead returns on Feb. 14, says Norman Reedus. We spoke with the actor about that and what else to expect in the second half of season 6.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you describe the arc or the tone of what we’re going to see in the back half coming up?
NORMAN REEDUS: There’s so much chaos happening in the second half. As far as Daryl is concerned, he is pissed off. He’s had his stuff taken from him. He put himself out there and trusted some people, and it did backfire on him, and I think he comes back super pissed off. There’s a lot of that element for me. I mean, I know you know the bad guys that are coming. It’s been announced and well displayed for everyone to see, but there’s definite surprises coming with all of that, and you know, it’s battle time.
Yeah, so we saw that prologue scene of Daryl out in the road, and he’s meeting Negan’s group and they’re saying, “Hey, you’re stuff belongs to Negan now.” Coming right off already having his bike and his crossbow stolen, what’s Daryl’s reaction going to be to that?
He takes it really personally. These are people that he’s trying to protect. And he’s trying to protect himself. I feel like there’s a lot of vengeance happening in the second half, and a lot of payback on Daryl’s mind. He’s headstrong now, and he’s kind of turning into the same sort of aggressive person he was in the first part of the show, going back to his roots. I think he would definitely be making Merle proud right now.
RELATED VIDEO: Behind the scenes of EW’s Walking Dead covers
That’s interesting too, because we’ve seen Daryl come out of his shell and go and have the pasta dinner with Aaron and become more open to meeting new people. And then it sort of bit him in the ass when he went back to help that couple in episode 606. So how does that incident impact his feelings about being a recruiter and bringing people in?
He gave it a chance. He was kind of against it in the beginning and Rick kind of talked him into it, and then Rick tried to talk him out of it, and he tried to talk Rick back into it again, and I feel like he had a little bit of hope. I don’t know that he was full blown “I want to make this work and have this be my job.” I think he didn’t really fit in at Alexandria, and now that Alexandria is what it is, we’re back out to the wild again. He wanted to fit in, and he wanted to be part of this group, and he wanted to do the right thing, but he’s still very hesitant about it, and I think now it’s kind of like, “See, I told you so,” type of situation, and he’s definitely upset.