Last night's episode of The Walking Dead featured a reunion that many fans had been waiting all season for, with Daryl (Norman Reedus) finally seeing Carol (Melissa McBride) again, after he learned she was living just outside of The Kingdom. It was quite the touching reunion, but there was one rather surprising moment where Daryl lied about what had happened with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and The Saviors. During a recent interview, Norman Reedus explained why he chose to keep the truth from Carol. If you haven't seen last night's episode, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Entertainment Weekly recently spoke with Norman Reedus about last night's episode, and why his character Daryl decided to lie to Carol. You may recall that Carol left Rick's group because she wasn't comfortable with killing anymore, so when she asks Daryl if The Saviors hurt any of Rick's people, Daryl lied and said everyone is fine, neglecting to tell Carol that Negan actually killed Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun). When asked about what lead Daryl to make that decision, Norman Reedus had to this to say below.
"Because she needs to hear that. She's going through her own thing and there's a reason why she separated herself and doesn't want to be a killer anymore. And she's losing herself, and I think Daryl realizes that. It's a very selfless act. He tells her what she needs to hear to keep going. He does it for her. I think she can totally handle it. It's just not what she needs. Everyone's path is their individual path, and she needs to be away from it because she's losing herself and that world, when your whole life is changed and your whole world is changed and the dynamics have changed, and you start to lose yourself, then what's the point, you know? So I think that he realizes that she needs to hold on to something. She's been working towards it and it's been hard for her, and he sees how hard it is for her to even make the choice to do what she's doing now. And selflessly, he tells her what she needs to hear because he cares about her and doesn't want to drag her into something that she doesn't want to be a part of."
Both Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride are two of the few characters that have been on The Walking Dead since the first season, and they obviously know each other very well at this point. Having been separated for so long isn't a normal occurrence on the show, with Norman Reedus talking about how much he and Melissa McBride missed each other. Here's what he had to say below.
"It was great. We missed each other this whole time. Me and Andy missed each other, but me and Melissa missed each other too. It's weird. She and I talk when we're not filming and we're like "How are you?" It's f-ing bizarre! So it's hard and it's a bittersweet reunion. We enjoy it, but we don't enjoy being apart. And that goes for a lot of us. There are certain characters where as soon as they start going, we start bawling. It's kind of silly. But she's definitely one of those for me."
At the end of the episode, Daryl leaves The Kingdom, telling Morgan (Lennie James) that he has to convince King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) to get on board with Rick's plan to fight The Saviors. While Rick had tasked Daryl with getting Ezekiel on board, Daryl thinks its Morgan's time to step up. Here's what he had to say about why he left The Kingdom at the end of last night's episode, and what fans should expect next from Daryl Dixon.
"He's just done. He's going to do it himself. The thing about Daryl is, he's loyal to one group, and it's hard for him to stay behind and stay behind and stay behind. He's just had enough. He's got to figure out a way to do this where it works for everybody, but also he's not going to take anything away from his family. Yeah, that mindset has got to go. I mean, I get it - whaa, whaa, whaa - but c'mon, dude, we need you! And he's (Morgan) the only person that has Ezekiel's ear. He's the only person that Ezekiel really trusts. Rick gives Daryl that job to stare him into submission and all that stuff, but it's just not going to happen. We need Morgan to do it and Morgan needs to step up. He (Daryl) wants revenge. He's got tunnel vision right now. He wants to kill people. He wants to fight and get this over with to get rid of these bad guys. He's ready to go. He's got the family back together and he's ready to kick ass."
We saw in the new trailer and clip from next week's episode that the action will primarily take place in The Sanctuary, addressing the aftermath of Daryl's escape in the mid-season finale. We saw in the trailer that Negan seems convinced Dwight (Austin Amelio) had something to do Daryl's escape, with some fans speculating that Dwight may have slipped him the note with the match and key to his motorcycle. However, the clip showed that Dwight was quite surprised by his escape, which likely means someone else helped him escape his cell and get out of The Sanctuary, possible Dwight's ex-wife Sherry (Christine Evangelista). Hopefully we'll learn more about Daryl's plans as we get closer to the next episode of The Walking Dead.