Norman Reedus Thought Daryl Was Going to Die Last Season on The Walking Dead

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On a show like The Walking Dead, cast members never know when they might be killed off. It’s not the safest or most secure job in the world, so when Norman Reemus got a phone call from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman last season, he thought that meant that he was booted from the show and that Daryl was going to be killed off.

“When we were just about to wrap up last season, Kirkman called me,” Reedus said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “And he said, ‘Hey, I really want to talk to you. Can you call me back?’ I was like, ‘Okay, I’m getting the call. I’m gonna die on the show.’”

However, Kirkman was actually calling Reedus to hire him instead of fire him. He wanted Reedus to play a role in his new film, AIR.

“He said, ‘Hey, I’m doing this movie, I want you to be a part of it,” Reedus explained.

AIR is directed by Christian Cantamessa and is coming out next spring in 2015. Reedus stars, along with Djimon Hounsou, as workers who must protect and keep safe an underground bunker facility where humans reside in sleeping tanks, due to the outside air having become too toxic.

“It’s nice already knowing Robert,” says Reedus says about Kirkman. “He only deals with quality material and he and [exec producer] Dave Alpert are real sticklers for good stories and so forth, so I assumed it would be good. He sent me the script and I really liked it. It’s nice to know the people in your family before you get there so it definitely made it a more comfortable transition. It does give you a level of comfort knowing the producers before you start.”

While we all want this new film role goes well for Norman Reedus, let’s just hope no other part in the future interferes with him being Daryl on The Walking Dead, which returns this October for its fifth season. Reedus and Daryl have always been and still are the best thing about the show.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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