“Revenge, pretty much,” said Norman Reedus at New York Comic Con about his character Daryl’s motivations going into season eight of “The Walking Dead,” which premieres on Sunday, October 22. Season seven was rough for the entire cast of survivors in this zombie-apocalypse dystopia, but for Daryl especially. His outburst in the season premiere led Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to murder Glenn (Steven Yeun), and then he spent much of the season held captive by Negan’s crew of sadistic “Saviors” before finally escaping to rejoin his team.
One of Daryl’s tormentors at the Saviors’ Sanctuary was Dwight (Austin Amelio), who by the end of the season had a change of heart and decided to ally with Daryl and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) against Negan, but can he be trusted? Reedus isn’t so sure. He explained, “It’s a cat-and-mouse game … You do things in this world that you wouldn’t normally do, and so you understand it if you’ve been in it for a minute. But you go back and forth: can you trust him, can you not trust him? Are you on our side, are you not on our side? It’s like every relationship.” And goodness knows “The Walking Dead” has already seen its share of crosses and double-crosses over the course of eight seasons.
Which brings us to an important milestone for the show: its 100th episode, which will actually be this weekend’s eighth season premiere episode, titled “Mercy.” “It’s huge for us,” said Reedus, “because we never thought that it would be this big to go to 100. It’s a really tight family there, and thanks to you guys and thanks to everybody else we’re still rolling, so thank you to everyone.”
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