The Hollywood Reporter: How will Merle’s death change Daryl?
Norman Reedus: He’s going to become quiet and it’s going to harden him. He grew up a lot in that moment and he’s truly on his own. He has the group, which has become his new family, but as far as reconnecting with his brother when they got back together he had it in his mind that it could be a new beginning. Merle could change, Daryl definitely changed and they could be different people now; he had this hope. It was the same thing with finding Sophia — she was the symbol of hope for future and Daryl was holding on to it. Now he’s going to be real dark and he’ll withdraw a bit. He definitely wants revenge but at the same time he’s just becoming hardened by life. Daryl stabbing Merle in the head over and over like that wasn’t anger toward his brother it was at the situation, the world we live in, frustration and a lot of rage comes from a fear-based place. Daryl has always been full of fear and rage at he same time he fights because he’s he’s always had to, he’s always had his back up against the wall and that makes you a ferocious fighter. But there’s also elements of fear that causes you to be like that. All those feelings are hardened now and he’s going to get stone cold for a while. There’s also a part of him that thinks maybe he can grow from that a little bit, too.