Last season, Daryl went through a lot of ups and downs and started to become more of a leader. Where is he at as Season 3 gets underway?
Norman Reedus: The first season was kind of an inroduction to the world, and the second season was them running for their lives. This season, everyone is treating the zombies like it’s a plague – an infestation. Daryl this season is tighter with the group. They’re relying on them. I think he’s found some comfort in having people rely on him. He doesn’t feel like as much of an outsider. And he’s much tighter with Rick. When he’s fighting, he’s always got one eye on Rick, and he’s sort of become the brother that Merle wasn’t – which is going to cause some problems when Merle comes back. But he’s an integrated part of the group now. I think he’d do anything to keep these people alive.
On the flipside, what’s your relationship with Carol going to be like as we get into Season 3? Some time has passed. Does the relationships get stronger?
You know, I think the relationships with all the characters is stronger at this point. Carol and Daryl share a lot in common, and it’s not just because of where they’re from – they seem a lot more country than some of the others – but also because of the abuse. They gravitate towards other abused people. With that whole storyline with Sophia [last year], Daryl spent a long time looking for Sophia, and Carol appreciated it but then she went kind of vacant, and that upset Daryl. Because of that, they’ve kind of bonded now. They have more history with each other than with the other characters, so we’re definitely closer.
I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of scenes with Melissa [McBride]. She’s such a good actress – definitely one of the strongest I’ve ever worked with. She says a lot with her face, and I really like that in an actress – the subtleties. If instead of crying, you’re trying not to cry, I think that’s almost more sad. She can really play these little beats in between things, and when you’re playing with someone like that, it just makes you look better.
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