Norman Reedus Discusses His Daryl Spin-Off and Carol’s Exit

The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus has described his experience working on the final season of AMC’s horror drama. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the 53-year-old actor opened up on an “exhausting” experience filming the final season, which took an entire year in production. Reedus is the longest-serving member of the cast alongside his co-star Melissa McBride. Fallon asked the actor what it was like during the last day on set.

”There was a lot of drinking, a lot of confetti canons.” says Reedus. “It felt surreal. A friend of mine, she taught me a phrase, it’s ‘Is the juice worth the squeeze?’ I love that. I said it to the group, I said, ‘The Walking Dead juice has always been worth the squeeze’ – and I realised how perverted that sounded.”

He described the lengthy production schedule for Season 11, which is an extended 24-episode trilogy season that will conclude this Autumn. “You’ve seen the show, it’s not Succession,” Reedus remarked. “You’re not on a yacht, eating caviar. We’re eating squirrels and killing each other.”

Fallon later steered the conversation onto the future and Daryl’s upcoming spin-off with the notable absence of Melissa McBride, who pulled out of the series last week. The spin-off, according to Reedus, will be “different” from the flagship series and later touched upon Melissa McBride’s exit. 

“It was originally Carol and I, Melissa McBride and I, but she’s taking time off. Like you know, 12 years is a gruelling schedule and she wanted to take some time off. So she’s doing that and she deserves it.” Reedus explains. “I imagine those characters are going to meet back up at some point,” Reedus says, hinting at potential cameos “with some other characters down the road.”

All eleven seasons and 153 episodes of The Walking Dead are available to stream on Disney Plus. 

Matt Bailey

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