What Really Happened When That Walking Dead Fan Bit Norman Reedus?
AMC's The Walking Dead is easily one of the biggest shows on TV, pulling in monster ratings that even beat most primetime network shows on Sunday nights. Any series that huge has a massive and colorful fan base, although have a fan base that huge also has its drawbacks. Back in December, we reported that The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus was actually bit by a fan at the Walker Stalker Con in New Jersey. Last night, while promoting his new movie Triple 9, in theaters tomorrow, the actor shed some light on this strange encounter on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
"We started off and she said, 'Sometimes, I like to pretend that we're married.' To tell you the truth, I was so tired at the point it didn't even register that she said that. We took this picture and she sort of morphed into a werewolf. She kinda started to shake like that, and then she went up like this and kinda howled. And then she came down and bit me on the breast, the chest. And howled again. I kind of went, 'Ow.' And Michael Rooker was there and went, 'What the f--k was that?' And then a couple of nice officers tackled her to the ground. She was escorted out. And she came outside and went 'What happened?' And they said 'Ma'am, you just bit Norman, and she said 'I did?'"
Norman Reedus went on to describe the scene as being similar to an iconic Total Recall scene, where Arnold Schwarzenegger is disguised as a woman with a robotic head. The unnamed woman in question later apologized over social media, claiming she "didn't know what came over me," after her actions got her kicked out of the Walker Stalker Con, where she lost two more photo ops with the actor, at $100 apiece. The actor didn't press charges, and took the whole incident in stride, later posting a photo on his Instagram, where he's wearing a shirt that says "Don't Bite Me."
As crazy as that incident was, it may be even worse on the fans if the actor's character was bit on the show. His character Daryl Dixon doesn't appear in Robert Kirkman's original comic books, and he was created specifically for the series, along with his older brother Merle, played by Michael Rooker. Since he doesn't have a story that was previously told in the comics, it's certainly possible that he could be killed off at any time, but that seems unlikely, given how popular he is.
The Walking Dead returns this Sunday with Knots Untied, airing Sunday, February 28 at 9 PM ET on AMC. Take a look at the video below, where Norman Reedus explains his crazy fan experience on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and stay tuned for more on The Walking Dead. How do you think you would have handled a crazed fan who bit you?