As fans get ready for The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere, which marks the show's landmark 100th episode, one of the stars revealed his intriguing vision of how he'd want his character to die. Norman Reedus, who has appeared in 97 of the current 99 episodes of The Walking Dead, wouldn't say in a recent interview if his character Daryl Dixon will in fact die in this upcoming season. But he was asked if he's thought about how he'd like to see his character pass should that come to be. As it turns out, it would be quite the interesting send-off. Here's what the actor had to say when asked how he'd write his own death scene, and if it would be "spectacular or quiet."
As the actor tells it, the death would be quiet and understated. It wouldn't be a zombie bite, or a head bashed in. It would be a ride off into the sunset never to be seen again. He explains.
"I think you'd see a sunset. I would walk up over a hill and then a little wolf puppy would come out of the woods and follow me up. And people would just go, 'Whatever happened to that guy?'"
I think Norman Reedus may seriously underestimate what kind of impact a scene like that would have on Walking Dead fans, since speculation would surface instantly if he simply walked over a hill and wasn't seen in the next episode. Regardless, it would certainly be the most unique way to die in the series thus far, almost comparable to Paul Walker's send-off in Furious 7 after the actor passed away during a tragic accident in the middle of filming. While there would likely be massive fan outrage if Norman was killed (or walked over a hill, never to be seen again), it remains unclear what his fate may hold in Season 8, but the actor did say that this season goes back to the show's roots, and is vastly different than Season 7.
"It feels like our original show again. I didn't love last season, shooting it. I didn't see anyone. I was crying all the time. I was naked and eating dog food. It was just no fun. This season feels like our show again."
Of course, the fate of Daryl Dixon is also unique because it's not tied to the original comic books, since both Daryl and his brother Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) were created solely for the TV series. During his interview with CNet, the actor also revealed that early on in the series, when both Daryl and his brother Merle were alive, there were scripts that showed Daryl exhibiting racist tendencies like his brother, but he fought to have that changed. Here's what he had to say about those early scripts.
"When you first see him, he's such an angry guy. He basically would've turned into his brother. But he's found a sense of self-worth through these people that he would've never hung out with before. Now that group relies on him. I mean he started out [turns sideways] like, "Don't look at me, don't look at me."He had a chip on his shoulder, like he wasn't comfortable being him. There were always scripts that had him taking drugs and being racist, like his brother was. I fought to change those because I felt he should be more of an Al-Anon member and not a full-blown Alcoholics Anonymous member. He should have grown up with it, felt ashamed of it and wasn't comfortable with who he was. That allows him to grow into somebody you respect. Now he talks to you like this [facing front], like he means everything he says. He's super direct, super honest and you can count on him. Now he's a leader and he calls the shots with Rick. Rick's the brother that Merle never was. It's a strange sort of circumstance how it's made Daryl a better person."
The actor also added that, while Daryl's crossbow was always part of the character, his motorcycle wasn't. The actor revealed that he is "terrified of horses," and they ended up changing it from Daryl riding a horse to riding a motorcycle, because he was "freaking out" over the horses. As for Daryl's fate in the series, we'll find out when The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere airs Sunday, October 22 at 8 P ET on AMC. Hopefully we'll find out more about this new season of The Walking Dead soon.