Norman Reedus

Those of us who watch The Walking Dead (which will more than likely be most of us then) know the character of Daryl Dixon to be a tough-as-nails, no-holds-barred, crossbow-wielding-badass. As for Norman Reedus – the actor who plays Daryl – maybe not so much. In a recent magazine interview, Reedus opened up about filming the mid-season finale, which has still to air a week on Sunday, and revealed that he cried for an hour in preparation for filming.

Reedus implied that there is one particular scene that is so heartbreaking he had to “cry himself out,” just so he didn’t end up bawling his eyes out during filming. For the less initiated, it seems that s**t is gonna hit the fan. What, with Beth and Carol (Reedus’ two on-screen best friends) currently being held captive at Grady Memorial Hospital and Daryl and Rick planning to launch an attack. We are going to assume that the attack doesn’t go to plan.

Reedus had this to say during the interview:

“I sat on an apple box with my head between my legs and just bawled for an hour,” Reedus told TV Guide. “I really wanted to not tear up during the scene, I wanted to be like I wasted every tear in my body before we started shooting so I just sat there and cried and cried and cried.”

Walking Dead fans, handkerchiefs at the ready, the finale – as creator Robert Kirkman worded it – is going to be deadly.

Carol and Beth have been important to Daryl over the last few season, be it – on a romantic level, or just human connection (fans are pretty split between the two characters). Well, it doesn’t take Sherlock to work out that one of them is gonna end up toe-tagged and six feet under.

Reedus added:

“He’s one of those characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it but the carrot falls in the mud right before he’s about to get it,”

Aww, we don’t know if this is just us, but does that pic of Reedus bawling his eyes out remind anyone else of Henry Thomas‘s heartbreaking audition for E.T. below? No? …OK then. Maybe it’s just us.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. The fall finale will take place November 30.

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