Norman Reedus feels our pain. He knows that fans of The Walking Dead are going through hell having to endure a whole summer wondering what happens in the Season 7 premiere. But, if it helps at all, “I will definitely 100-percent say that it’s well worth the wait,” Daryl’s portrayer tells TVLine. “It’s large. It’s mind-blowing.”
What’s more, once we’ve begun to come out of mourning for the unfortunate character who ended Season 6 on the wrong end of Negan’s barbed-wire-covered baseball bat, we’ll discover that it isn’t just the AMC hit’s body count that has changed. “It’s a completely brand-new world right now,” teases the actor. “It’s very exciting. And it’s emotional. And then it’s overwhelming and emotional!”
Just don’t ask the fan favorite (who’s headlining AMC’s six-part reality series, Ride With Norman Reedus, beginning Sunday, June 12) to reveal the identity of Negan’s victim. Not because the show’s producers would have his head — although they probably would — but because it would hurt to discuss it. “We’re a very tight-knit group down there [on location in Georgia], and we take it very personally, because we’re in it and living it,” he explains. “Every time you see us crying on camera, those are real tears. It’s a whole day of living that s–t.
“And when personal things happen to you, you don’t wander around telling everybody your personal stuff,” he continues. “So for us, it doesn’t feel like just a spoiler, it feels like a moment that really happened. And if there’s a death involved, it’s kinda weird to talk about it. It’s like going to our friend’s funeral or going possibly to our own funeral! It’s not like, ‘Hey, how are you? Want a selfie? Let me tell you about the funeral I was just at… ’”
So, did Reedus manage to make you feel any better? Or will you still be on pins and needles until fall?