Norman Reedus On The Emotional Roller Coaster That Was Last Week’s The Walking Dead


darylIf you still haven’t seen last Sunday’s The Walking Dead, This Sorrowful Life, turn back now! I’ll ramble on for a little while longer to make sure you’ve had a chance to make that decision and not spoil anything before we get a little farther down the page. The episode featured an incredibly shocking and emotional scene at the very end of the episode involving Daryl and Merle Dixon. The two brothers had finally been reunited this season after searching for each other for so long, only to have it all destroyed by the Governor. Norman Reedus spoke with EW recently about that crushing scene and how he prepared for it.

There’s been a lot of emotional scenes over the course of The Walking Dead, but none more so than seeing resident tough guy Daryl Dixon completely break down when he sees that Merle has become a zombie. Reedus discusses what he felt when he read the script:

I was bummed to see Rooker go. He’s such a strong character and such a good actor. He brought so much to the show so I was bummed to see him leave. I would have liked to have explored that relationship a bit more. And he’s always fun to play scenes with so I was bummed about that. I’m bummed every time someone leaves the show, to be honest.

To get to that raw and emotional state for the scene wasn’t something Reedus said he wasn’t too excited about. He did get to do some great acting, but he kept thinking “this is going to suck.” To get to that place, he used something form his own life:

I listened to some songs that remind me of my dad to start off. My dad passed away a long time ago and it was a big emotional scene when that happened. I listened to a song that reminded me of my dad and sort of thought of that.

It was a Willie Nelson song. When someone dies on the show you want to give them the biggest exit you can. I just wanted to break. I just wanted to collapse on the inside and I wanted to go back to a little kid. I just wanted to be crushed in a way you see my heart break. I wanted to curl into a little ball and be a little kid right there.

zombieReedus also described what it was that caused Daryl to stab, and keep stabbing, Merle in the face after he had finished the deed:

It’s more like anger at this world right now. Rage is one of those things that is fear based. That sort of rage comes from being afraid. Daryl is the type of guy that’s always had his back up against the wall. He’s always had to fight. It’s just at the world and this is my life, and these are the cards I was dealt and it’s just frustration and anger at everything. It’s not just Merle. I’m not like, ” I hate you Merle!” It’s more like “Life sucks! And I hate it! I hate it! I hate it!” It’s more like that.

You can read the rest of the interview where Reedus talks a little more about that scene and how Daryl may start to shut down, by clicking here. If you didn’t feel something when Daryl saw Merle turned into a zombie,  you’re probably a walker yourself. That was a very powerful scene and arguably one of the series’ best. It will be interesting to see what kind of Daryl we’ll get after the loss of his brother. What do you think? Will Daryl shut down or will he be hell bent on revenge?

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Source : EW