It's hard to say which on-screen badass enjoys a bigger cult following now: as Loki from the Thor and Avengers movies, or as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. Both were at Comic-Con over the past weekend to spread the good word about each of their respective projects, but before that, Reedus was part of a lengthy photoshoot and interview spread for EW as part of the promotional tour leading up to the epic Season 4 of The Walking Dead.
During that photoshoot, the perennially cool Reedus took some time out of getting his pic snapped to chat with EW, with him addressing a few unanswered questions about the show. How did the apocalypse start? Is anyone working on an antidote? Is there anybody else out there? No, no, and no. The most important question was this: How does Daryl Dixon somehow never run out of arrows? For real:
I try to recycle the arrows as much as possible. They go on runs and we raid places and this is Georgia so that is one of the weapons that people hunt with. So it's not unheard of to find more arrows.
This is true. The show often depicts Daryl yanking an arrow out of whatever brain-muncher he's just killed - efficient. And also, he reminds audiences, what we see, we see through the magic of editing. There's an entire story happening quietly for the characters that we never see on the screen:
When you show this large of a time frame, there's a lot of things that are sort of understood. You never see us go to the bathroom, but we do that.
And in a more poignant turn, Daryl will obviously be deeply affected by the death of his brother, Merle. But it might not be in the negative way you'd expect: With the weight of his brother no longer around his neck, Daryl gets the opportunity to grow:
Daryl has the opportunity to become the man he was never going to be. Somebody who he could be proud of...He's slowly starting to find value in himself through other people. I think he wouldn't have had that opportunity before if Merle were still in the picture.
So basically, Daryl's going to become an even bigger badass? Impossible.
Check out the video here:
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 13th.
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