In a new interview, actor Norman Reedus has shared some very preliminary first details about his upcoming The Walking Dead spinoff centered around his character, Daryl Dixon. Until April of this year, the show was expected to focus on Daryl and Melissa McBride’s character, Carol Peletier, but she abruptly left the show due to “creative differences.”
“I’m going on a mission and I’m excited,” Reedus told Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin on Octane. “It’s going to be very different. [The Walking Dead]. I think it will look different. It will feel different. It’s kind of its own thing, you know, so I’m excited to have it.” Check out the full interview excerpt below: On the plus side, this interview was also captured on video, which means you can clearly see that Reedus appears to be doing well after being temporarily sidelined with a “minor” concussion while on the show’s set in March.
Reedus further explained that he’s not being intentionally coy about the spinoff. There are things about it that even he doesn’t know for sure. Said Reedus: “People think I have all this power and I say… I really don’t. I’m just an actor for hire, really.”
The Daryl spinoff is one of many expected to branch off from The Walking Dead once the latter ends. Still on the way are a series of feature films for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the Tales of the Walking Dead anthology series, and the more recently announced Isle of the Dead, which will feature Negan and Maggie, and is set to premiere sometime in 2023. Fear the Walking Dead has been going strong since 2015.
In an opinion piece published in March, GameSpot’s Mark Delaney argues that the spinoff announcements (there are a total of five spinoffs now) are “killing the hype of the last season.” The Walking Dead is coming to an end after 12 years and nearly 200 episodes.