“Pretty much every script I flip to the end to see if I’m alive. I think the whole cast does that,” says actor Norman Reedus of his role on “The Walking Dead.” His character, crossbow-wielding renegade Daryl Dixon, was introduced early in the series’s first season, and despite the slayings of several major characters since then, he’ll live to see another day when the drama returns for a third season next fall.
Among the dearly departed was Sophia (Madison Lintz), a child who went missing in the second season premiere and reappeared as a zombie before the mid-season break. “Both personally and professionally I was bummed out,” says Reedus of the early exit of his young co-star, with whom he had developed a rapport; Lintz had taken to introducing Reedus as her boyfriend during interviews.
But he eagerly anticipates the return of another character who is missing in action: his on-screen brother Merle, played by Michael Rooker, who was last seen trapped on a rooftop during a zombie attack. “He’ll come back … I think it’s been announced; hopefully I didn’t break any rules here,” says Reedus with his fingers crossed. Because of rampant fan speculation, “The Walking Dead” keeps a tight lid on its future storylines: “I think we had a leak this season, so going on to season three we may be a little bit more like Buckingham Palace.”
Reedus also discusses his dreams of rock stardom, riding motorcycles with Lady Gaga, and his favorite moments from the last season of “Walking Dead,” including the episode “Chupacabra,” in which Daryl is badly injured and hallucinates about his brother; if nominated for an Emmy later this year, Reedus will likely submit that episode for consideration.
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