AMC’s The Walking Dead significantly differs from Robert Kirkman‘s graphic novel. This creative liberation from page to screen has polarized fans. For the most part, though, it has all turned out pretty well. The changes have allowed for richer character development and fresher stories. Least not forget, the introduction of new characters whom have become fan favorites.
One of the biggest original characters to pop, and become almost the mascot to the series, is the crossbow wielding redneck Daryl Dixon played by Norman Reedus. He’s just a bad-ass through and through. Fans love him for that.
Anyway, Reedus spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on Daryl’s emotional changes in season 3. One big change being the adjustment to the role of a secondary leader among the group. You know, now that Shane has bite the bullet. Also, Daryl wears a poncho now (seen above). Ponchos are bad-ass.
“With the turn of how things are going with the apocalypse, he’s opening himself up to people and being respected in other ways and finding reasons to fight for certain people and be apart of a group,” Reedus said. “It’s a big deal for him. With Shane being gone, there’s more responsibilities … but Daryl doesn’t want the responsibility of taking over a group, he’s just trying to fit in.”
Daryl isn’t the only one learning to adapt without Shane.
Hershel’s daughter Maggie, played by Lauren Cohan, is coming to terms with the reality of her situation. Lauren spoke how Maggie is just trying to find some joy in her life, with her new boyfriend Glenn and the survival of her father.
“What’s exciting for Maggie now is she’s still trying to find a sense of joy in what they’re doing and joy in the victory of finding a safe-hold or in taking out some walkers,” actress Lauren Cohan said of her character’s development. “She still stops to smell the roses when she can but it’s ruthless and violent. The group before was on the road but now she’s joined them on this and they’re much more overwhelmed with the amount of walkers. She’s still a farm girl at her core but she’s seen a lot of death.”
So… emotions running high. What else would you expect from TWD? The real shit show, though, is gonna go down when our band of survivors hit the prison. It’s be an interesting dynamic, that’s for sure.
AMC’s Walking Dead returns October 14th.
Source: Splash Page