It does seem like whenever anyone does anything good in this world, it comes back to haunt them. Daryl gives them the insulin back, he gives the guy his gun back, he helps bury graves for people he didn’t even know — and the couple steals his crossbow and bike anyway.
Yeah, and I think when he saw that insulin he was like, “Alright, there people aren’t going to make it.”
Well, he returns the bag but he demands a trade due to what he calls “the principal of the thing.” What’s that all about?
Scott and I went back and forth on that. I love when Scott does little lines like that. He goes, “Whaddya got? I came all the way back there to give you your insulin. Just give me something. Anything you got.” Actually, that little statue plays later. Every little thing in this show plays later. There’s never wasted screen time on this show.
We see Daryl ask him the three questions, and when he does that we know he is in recruiting mode here and offering to bring these people to Alexandria. Is this because he feels they will benefit the community, or is he just trying to be a good guy and help this couple, or is it a little bit of both?
He’s generally being a good guy, and we have protocol, and those are the three questions you ask. And those three questions, when answered, truthfully say a lot about the person that’s speaking. But it was weird to say those lines because I had to say them one other time on the show, but with somebody with me, and you don’t want to stand and announce those things. They kind of have to be difficult leaving your mouth, those words. I knew it was going to come up later in the script so I wanted to make that a hard thing to come out of my mouth, so that when they f—ed me over, then it means ever more.
So it was interesting to take on that position with him, and the guy is standing in the grave when I’m asking him those questions. It had to hurt. It had to hurt in a Daryl kind of way in the end where it’s like, “I’m going to kill you when I find you. You’re dead.” But also, like, “You’re dead just by making this choice, so even if I don’t find you, you’re going to die.”
Which loss hurts Daryl more: the bike or crossbow?
[Laughs] They both equally hurt. To watch them ride off together really crushed me inside a little bit.
At the very end we heard some voice saying “Help” on the other end of the walkie-talkie. What can you say about that and what’s coming up next?
I will say that voice is not Glenn.
I’m sure that’s what people were wondering.
It’s not Glenn. But it’s probably somebody at Alexandria with all we know that’s happening there.
I’m curious what you guys have been making of the reaction by everybody over whether Glenn is dead or not, because it has been pretty insane and I’m sure you all have been taking note of that.
I had the same reaction. He’s such a beloved character and such a good friend of mine. You know, I saw what I saw in that episode. And I was in that episode. And I was still pissed off at the end of the episode. I was in shock, and I was there! So I felt it too. You see what you see and that’s the point. If it hurts, it hurts. And if it’s shocking, it’s shocking. You’re supposed to feel the pain. That’s the idea. I heard that people are taking pictures of themselves under dumpsters and putting them on the Internet and saying, “See, I can get out of this!”
I turned that episode off when it was done and kind of walked around my room and was cursing at the floor. I was kind of in shock. Like I said, I was in the episode and I felt like that, so that’s just the level of stuff we’re doing right now. It’s shocking and it’s full of fear and full of disbelief and you don’t want to believe things that you see. So that means we’re doing a good job, I think.
What has it been like this season only appearing in every other episode or so? Do you like having that time off, or is it hard not being on set and around everyone as much?
It’s hard when you’re not working and they’re shooting an episode that you’re not in, but it’s all building up to something, and I understand that and I trust the storyline and I trust Scott and the other writers. And it always ends up paying off storyline-wise. But yeah, me personally, Norman, when I’m not filming — I mean, there’s a ton of fun stuff to do, riding my motorcycle all over and I do other things — but I also go to set and watch them do episodes I’m not in because I’m a fan of the show. I just miss people because they’re all my friends and I like watching them do what they do.
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