Warning: The Walking Dead spoilers to follow.
As many fans are already aware, last night’s episode of The Walking Dead ended on a major cliffhanger, as Dwight put a bullet into Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon, blood splattering all over the camera, and then cutting to black before we hear Dwight say “You’ll be alright,” leaving the beloved character’s fate unknown for the time being.
With Negan’s arrival just on the horizon in this weekend’s upcoming season finale as well, putting Daryl at an already large disadvantage gave many fans cause for concern, not even considering the possibility that Dwight might have just killed many fans’ favorite character right in front of our eyes.
While recently speaking with THR as well, Reedus was quick to confirm that yes, Dwight did just shoot Daryl:
“You don’t know where he shoots him but that definitely is his blood right there. Dwight knows if Daryl spins around, he’s not spinning around to say something; he’s spinning around to attack. Dwight knows if Daryl turning around Daryl is going to end him. But that’s definitely Daryl’s blood.”
The actor wouldn’t confirm whether or not it was a kill shot though, but with all of the speculation about an important character’s death about to come, Reedus did share his thought on how he would react if his characters was killed off:
“I don’t think I’m ever going to be happy with that decision ever (laughing). Like every character on this show, there’s always more story to tell. We really in the last two, maybe three years paid attention to some of the characters more than others — and some of the characters haven’t had much screen time at all. I can’t say that I would be happy. I can’t say that I would not understand but you see what happens and he does get shot. It’s his blood that’s on the camera.”
As for Dwight’s parting words? The actor teased that it may not have even been Daryl he was talking to:
“You should be very worried about Daryl. At the end of the episode, there’s a comment that Dwight makes [“You’ll be alright”] — and we’re really good about throwing you off base. That comment might not even be to Daryl. It could be to Rosita — or to anybody there. Or it could be to something that some scuffle that happens directly afterward. Do you trust that guy? Anyone automatically assuming that’s the obvious play is trusting words that come out of that guy’s mouth and we’re really good at throwing you for a loop. So… food for thought.”
With the season finale this Sunday as well, and it possibly being the most anticipated episode in the show’s history as well, Reedus revealed his excitement about the episode, calling it the most hardcore outing from the series yet:
“That episode is the most hardcore episode you’ve ever seen on the show. Ever. And it’s so well directed [by exec producer Greg Nicotero] and it’s so well played out. And so terrifying. It’s so good. A lot of effort went into making that the best episode we’ve ever shot on this show … It’s super shocking and it’s pretty hardcore. Andy said he was late for work because he read it all night; Josh said he threw the script; Lauren threw up. It’s gnarly. I was instantly curious. I had ideas what would happen and it made you feel sick and it was painful.”
Vomit-inducing, and heartbreaking? Yeah, that sounds about right. Following the first teaser trailer featuring Negan and his beloved, barbed wire baseball bat, Lucille, as well, it’s not hard to imagine why the upcoming finale might be hard for fans to digest. Considering the palpable fear behind the episode already, I can only imagine what will happen if they decide to kill Daryl Dixon, arguably the show’s most popular character, off.
The Walking Dead Season 6 finale will air this Sunday on AMC.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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