“It was like one of those scripts you get and everybody is like don’t do it,” said Norman Reedus about The Walking Dead. “It was a stretch. I mean it was out there,” he added in regard to the role. “But I saw a guy looking for his family.”
Fans know, The Walking Dead is not really even about the walkers. For all of the non-fans who flip through AMC, they likely see walkers and assume the show is just a foolish scare tactic.
In reality, it’s so much more. Fans young and old know the show is truly about the characters and their survival.
Norman Reedus, From Film To Television
Before being cast as Daryl Dixon, Norman Reedus was best known for a handful of Indie flicks. In addition to small roles in Blade II or Mimic, Reedus was previously best known for his role as Murphy MacManus in The Boondock Saints.
In the 1999 film, “Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.” Together, the brothers set out for their vigilante justice.
Basically, the movie became a cult classic. In fact, it possibly led to The Walking Dead’s pilot making its way to his table.
“If Daryl Dixon Dies, We Riot…”
Today, it’s hard to imagine the possibility of The Walking Dead existing without Daryl Dixon. The character isn’t in the comic book. But, when Reedus read for the role of Merle Dixon, the writers decided he needed a spot in the series.
Now, many fans have been known to chant, “If Daryl dies, we riot.” While no one on the series is safe, Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon are perhaps the safest at any point in time on the show.
Currently, even these two characters are clashing. While the show remains unpredictable, it’s possible that Rick Grimes will have to figure out a way to punish his friend Daryl Dixon for the unplanned attack on the Sanctuary.
Do you think Daryl Dixon will ever be killed off on The Walking Dead?