According to The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple, even if Rick and Daryl weren’t communicating in Morse code, the actors might’ve been.
One of the most popular theories to come out of The Walking Dead lately involves a secret code between Daryl and Rick. In episode 3, “Service,” Negan came to Alexandria for the Saviors’ first offering. At one point during the episode, a Morse code chart was seen inside Rick’s house.
Later, as the Saviors prepare to leave, Daryl is seen blinking rapidly in Rick’s direction. Many fans thought that Daryl could’ve been blinking out a Morse code message to Rick.
Showrunner Scott Gimple previously said that while he was impressed with the theory, it was incredibly sunny that day. It wasn’t an outright denial, but it did sound as though fans were seeing something that wasn’t there.
In a new interview, Gimple explains more about his thoughts on the theory and gives a possible explanation for what really happened.
Making Rick and Daryl Even More Badass
“I would say this theory makes it official that this show has the greatest viewers and fans around,” says Gimple. “I would say I would desperately like to live in a world where Daryl Dixon intimately knew Morse code, and intimately knew that Rick knew Morse code.
I’m not even kidding. That is completely badass. I love that. I love the amount of attention and imagination that is brought to this show by the audience. That is why we take the crazy risks that we do. That’s why we try to invite the conversation that can occur with big huge story turns.”
Secret Code or Secret Kudos
Gimple again explains that the sun could’ve been the biggest factor. He does suggest that even if Rick and Daryl weren’t communicating though, the actors themselves might’ve been.
“I will also say it was an incredibly sunny day,” says Gimple. “Also, Andy [Lincoln] and Norman [Reedus] are really close. I think the theory actually could be correct, but not within the story. Meaning, I don’t put it past those two gentlemen, who are now so unbelievably close, that maybe Andy and Norman were communicating with each other, like they were saying, “Oh, that was a good take. I really like what you did there. You’re really bringing it.”
“Or, this could be a whole ruse, and there was Morse code in there,” continues Gimple. “I will say this again — this is a super busy time. Today is the last day of production, actually [on Season 7]. I’m jumping between working with the folks in Los Angeles and around the world, and so I have not read the [theory] on this too much, but I was talking to folks about it on set.
“Again, I’m just blown away by the fans of this show. I feel very, very, very lucky that in this time, even with their phones in their hands and their Xbox One in the corner of the screen, and maybe tweeting on an iPad with their feet, that they’re paying that much attention, that they are giving us that much attention — that we have this level of engagement and intelligence from these fans.”
After hearing Gimple talk about the habits of The Walking Dead fans, I can’t help asking — Do people really watch television that way? That sounds awful to me.
It’s interesting that Gimple allows for the possibility that he could be pulling our legs. The producers and cast are known for lying and/or keeping secrets. He seems genuinely surprised to hear this theory, though. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see for now.
Do you think the show insiders are keeping secrets about Morse code?
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