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“Back In Fighting Mode.” Norman Reedus Discusses How Daryl And The Crew Disarmed Oceanside

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-03-30

Daryl Dixon Finds What He Needs

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

In “Something They Need,” Daryl Dixon is back in “fighting mode.” The episode opens with him riding his Harley next to Rick and Michonne in their camper. The group is on a mission to find guns, whatever the cost.

“We go to Oceanside, because we’ve learned from Tara that they have guns,” said actor Norman Reedus. “We’ve come to take their guns, but we’re not hurting anyone. We don’t want to kill anyone, obviously.”

Despite their intentions, Daryl has changed since last season.

Daryl Dixon Wants Negan’s Head

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

When Jesus brings up his regret for not trying harder to stop Rosita and Sasha, Daryl seems to almost ignore his sentiment, reminding Jesus that the duo can likely fend for themselves. He simply continues to unravel dynamite instead.

One thought does pop into his mind, however, which is that he’ll need Rosita and Sasha for battle. Rather than worrying about their safety, which is something the old Daryl would have done, he only worries about being two men short.

Daryl Dixon is out for blood and we see a taste of that at Oceanside.

Not only does Daryl do his part to execute their plan to steal guns, but he does it without a second thought. Daryl takes aim with crossbow while Michonne sets up her sniper stand in the trees.

When things seem to be going south, a group of walkers show up and the Oceansiders and Alexandrians are forced to work together. It’s clear that both Daryl and actor Norman Reedus are glad to back in the fight…

Norman Reedus Also Pumped To Fight

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC


“Getting Norman back on set, he’s pretty happy shooting things again,” joked Chandler Riggs who plays Carl Grimes, about Daryl’s imprisonment in the last season. “It’s nice to be back in fighting mode,” said Reedus.

In the next episode, we’ll see Daryl pick a fight with Dwight, but he might also pick a fight with Negan before it’s all over.

Do you think Daryl’s anger might get the best of him?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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