Watching The Walking Dead has never been what one would call a “chill” experience. Every week, almost each and every member of the ensemble is continually on the chopping block; at any moment, anyone could be devoured by zombies, or murdered by threatening forces both inside as well as outside of the Alexandria safe zone. Season 6 started off with a serious bang, but according to sources very close to the show, namely Norman Reedus, we haven’t seen anything yet.
Norman Reedus – everyone’s favorite redneck Daryl Dixon – discussed with Variety how the second half of The Walking Dead Season Six is arguably the most gripping batch of episodes ever produced for the series:
I want to say that our back half is the best 8 we’ve ever done. It’s super intense.
Throughout the interview, Reedus likened the momentum of The Walking Dead Season 6 to that of an arrow being pulled back by an archer. Kicking off with the hectic premiere, the show has slowly been ramping up tension and stakes week after week, gaining dramatic momentum as it propels itself forward. Some weeks have been slower than others in terms of raw zombie action and body count, but each week ramps up the intensity as the threat of The Wolves, the massive walker herd, and other lesser-known threats become more and more apparent.
The Walking Dead is not the only topic that Reedus covered during the interview. To call him an interesting fellow would be the understatement of the century. He elaborated on his hobby as a photographer, as well as his upcoming series Ride with Norman Reedus, which will air on AMC. Ride will take Reedus’ passion for motorcycles – which he shares with his fictional counterpart Daryl Dixon – and show him riding through a new part of the United States every week. The upcoming release of Ride with Norman Reedus has the definite effect of making us wonder if things on The Walking Dead will get so intense that Daryl may not be around too much longer to ride his motorcycle and rescue survivors. Check out the video interview below.
All that being said, we still have to get through the first half of Season 6 – as well as the midseason break – before we can truly get a sense of what Reedus means when he talks about how intense the back eight will be. The Walking Dead airs every Sunday night on AMC at 9PM EST, and will return for the final eight episodes on Sunday, February 14.