This season of The Walking Dead has been a doozy. With All Out War against Negan being fought by the three communities, there have been a ton of thrilling shootouts and actions sequences in the first few episodes. But this has also made the character development a bit lacking, as we haven't gotten intimate scenes between our survivors. This includes fan favorite character Daryl Dixon, played by series regular Norman Reedus. But if you've got a Daryl itch that can't get scratched, you can watch Reedus' AMC reality series Ride with Norman Reedus. A clip from a new episode just premiered, and showed Reedus meeting a very lifelike body double in TWD's prop room. Check it out.
Man, that thing is lifelike. It's no wonder that the faux Daryl Dixon gave Norman Reedus the creeps.
This sneak peek from Ride with Norman Reedus comes to us from Insider, ahead of the new episode coming this Monday. Ride is early into its sophomore season of AMC, allowing hardcore Walking Dead fans to get two nights in a row with Norman Reedus, and his character Daryl. Daryl is probably the most popular character on the entire show, which is why Reedus was the perfect candidate for a spinoff. But rather than taking Daryl out of the narrative for a scripted series, they gave Reedus a motorcycle themed reality show on the network.
In the above clip, we see Norman Reedus and Walking Dead makeup supervisor/director Greg Nicotero touring the show's zombie and special affects workshop. After showing us some of the horrifying walkers that will no doubt make it onto Season 8 of TWD, the dynamic duo happened upon an extremely lifelike creation of Daryl Dixon. Norman Reedus was definitely wigged out by his prosthetic doppelganger, especially once he put his own shades and hat on the dummy. After snapping a quick photo with the double, he removed his items of clothing, getting even more creeped out in the process.
Walking Dead fans are very passionate about the series, and the prosthetic Daryl is sure to raise a few eyebrows in the community. If Greg Nicotero and his team have spent so much time creating a lifelike Daryl, what the hell are they going to do with it? Most of these types of recreations are used to massacre fan favorite characters with practical effects, like Glenn's skull from the Season 7 premiere. The comments in the above video are already filled with fans speculating that it could indicated Daryl dying in Season 8. Although the common belief is that killing Daryl Dixon would cause a massive fan backlash and some folks to stop watching the show.
Then again, there have been these recreations of Walking Dead characters for displays at Comic-Con before. Prior to the Season 7 premiere, there were displays that featured lifelike recreations of all of Negan's potential victims. So perhaps the "If Daryl dies, we riot" crowd should take a chill pill and see how the current season plays out.
The Walking Dead airs new episodes Sundays on AMC, with Ride with Norman Reedus following on Monday nights. Check out our cancellation list to see if any of your favorite shows got the chop.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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