How good are the new Walking Dead episodes coming this fall? Well, according to star Norman Reedus, Season 7 might just bring about the apocalypse for real. Because it's just too darn good. The actor, who plays fan-favorite Daryl Dixon, was last seen on Negan's chopping block as one of the possible victims who succumb to a death blow from Lucille. While he won't even hint at who really dies in the opening moments of the Season 7 premiere, he did have this to say about the show's return sometime later this year.
"Trust me. I think probably the planet is going to explode. That's my feeling. It's so good. Every time we go on a promotional tour talking about what's going to come, we all say 'Oh my God, it's amazing. I can't wait for you to see it.' But it continually surprises me how this show grows and is put together and the execution of it - no pun intended. It blows my mind. It just continually reaches a new plateau every single time, and this is the highest plateau we've ever been. So just wait. It's worth the wait, trust me."
He certainly makes it sound as though he's coming back for more than a smashed-head cameo this season, but Reedus has to sound excited about the whole thing, as to not give away the ruse. Most people, at this point, truly believe it is Glenn who tastes the raw end of Negan's baseball bat, especially since that character is the one who died in the comic books. But a recent video showing Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun helping a motorist near set, both in costume and not covered in blood, have some thinking otherwise. Also interestingly enough, when the creator of the comic book Robert Kirkman was asked who will die by the series end, Glenn wasn't one of the 7 characters mentioned. Daryl was though. So who knows.
The Season 6 cliffhanger certainly has left some fans steaming mad. But Norman Reedus enjoys the attention, both good and bad, that this has wrought. Though, he's a little sick of hearing fans ask who died for the zillionth time. If he were on the opposite side of the fence, and a fan instead of someone entrenched in zombie guts, he personally wouldn't want to know the answer until it was revealed on the show. He explains.
"I don't like spoilers, to be honest, I don't want people to tell me the ending to the movie when we sit down in a movie theater. I don't like them, so I don't do them. I like the enthusiasm behind everyone wanting to know, but it's a good feeling to have that enthusiasm, so let's hold onto it."
He isn't bothered by the controversy that has surrounded the identity of Negan's victim. In fact, he enjoys it. To him, it means people actually care. And the creative team behind The Walking Dead must be doing their job right. Reedus said this to EW."They're still talking about it. I've been making art for a long time and you want people to talk. Sometimes you make something just to get people to talk. The fact that people are still talking is a huge compliment to how that episode was executed and the acting in it and the writing of it. That's a good thing. Talk sometimes its good. I know we all have phones and everything is instant gratification now. I get it. I like that too. I like the controversy, to be honest. For that many people to be that invested in that show and freaking out, I think it's great."
Norman goes onto admit that he hasn't seen the harsher side of this from the fans, with the heavy brunt hitting the creative team, which includes executive producer Scott M. Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman. But the actor goes onto make the claim that these guys are earning the right to make fans wait half a year. Because the eventual reveal is going to be well worth the time and energy spent by all involved. The Walking Dead returns for Season 7 this fall.