Norman Reedus Weighs In on That Shocking ‘Walking Dead’ Ending: ‘That’s Exactly What Happens’

Wait, what?! Norman Reedus has weighed in on the shocking ending of the Sunday, March 27, episode of The Walking Dead, sharing his take on the not-totally-clear fate of his beloved character, Daryl Dixon. 

In the final moments of the show (major spoiler alert!), it appeared that Daryl got shot in the head by Dwight (Austin Amelio), who then told his victim: “You’ll be all right.” But everything was not all right for millions of shocked fans, who took to social media to speculate whether AMC had really killed off one of their favorite core cast members.

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“Well, it’s exactly what you see,” Reedus, 47, teased to Entertainment Weekly late Sunday, March 27. “I mean, that’s Daryl’s blood that you see. That’s exactly what happens, exactly what you see. So that’s the world that we live in. The fight between Daryl and Dwight is very real — that sort of fight on who you are and who you’re becoming and what you’ve given up is very real right now, and I think Daryl’s making that as real as possible with him. He’s forcing him into that eyeball to eyeball right now.”

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon on ‘The Walking Dead.’ Gene Page/AMC

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Reedus also addressed Dwight’s final remarks on the episode. “Yeah, but can you trust him?” the actor said of his nemesis. “You know what I mean? Who is that guy? You don’t even know who he’s saying that to, to be honest.”

Showrunner Scott Gimple primed Reedus for the heavy moment. “He straight up told me, and I thought, ‘Oh s–t, here we go,'” Reedus recalled. “Yeah, he just told me, and we talked about it, and there was a long conversation, and you know, it happened.”

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The actor also laughed off the frantic tweets blasted by millions of Walking Dead fans after the episode aired on Sunday night. “Good,” he said of the current frenzy. “Burn it down.”

This isn’t the first time this season that TWD showrunners have left an ending open to interpretation. In November, Steven Yeun’s character, Glenn, was believed to be dead as well. That ended up being a false alarm.

Tell Us: What happened to Daryl? Tune in to the 90-minute finale of The Walking Dead on AMC on Sunday, April 3, at 9 p.m. ET.

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