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Spoilers ahead for the midseason finale of The Walking Dead.
There are few shows on TV quite as popular as The Walking Dead. AMC's apocalyptic drama is quintessential water cooler talk, and the series is currently in the midst of its whopping eighth season in the network, with no signs of slowing. Between TWD and its spinoff Fear The Walking Dead, it looks like the zombie apocalypse could last indefinitely, just as it presumably would in the real world. So how long do the remaining members of the original cast feel like sticking around? For Norman Reedus, the answer is basically forever. He recently discussed the possibility of staying on the series until its eventual conclusion, saying:
It looks like Norman Reedus doesn't intend on stopping his badass tenure as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. And barring any plot twists or surprise deaths, he'd like to be on the show until its eventual finale (whenever that might be).
Norman Reedus' comments to EW are sure to delight his many fans. Daryl Dixon is one of the most popular characters on The Walking Dead, so much so that he's largely considered unkillable. There's even merchandise available that says "If Daryl dies, we riot", proving how strongly the fans feel about everyone's favorite redneck with a heart of gold.
Given Carl's newly revealed walker bite, we're about to lose another member of the original cast. That will leave just Rick, Daryl, and Carol from Season 1's original Atlanta group. We've seen every other character die in horrific ways, with Carl being the latest in the line. As such, Carl's death has been met with massive backlash from the fans, with some even signing a petition for the Walking Dead showrunner to be fired.
It would be hard to even imagine The Walking Dead without Daryl, as he's one of the most complicated and beloved characters in the entire series. While he originally seemed a bit gruff and unstable like his brother Merle, Daryl eventually stepped up and became a leader in communities like The Prison. Daryl's softer side seems to come with both kids and the women of the group, establishing strong bonds with both Beth and Carol. He also seemed to bond with fellow outsiders Aaron and Eric in Alexandria.
Additionally, Daryl is basically the biggest badass from The Walking Dead. He's basically a killing machine, even single handedly destroying a tank back in Season 4. And in the current season, his antagonistic relationship with former Savior Dwight has been thoroughly fascinating, as he grapples with the torture from his time in captivity.