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Norman Reedus drew blood on the next episode of The Walking Dead — his own. I was on set for filming of episode 610, which will air on Sunday night, and watched the man who plays Daryl Dixon cut his finger on the glass of a vending machine he was reaching into during a scene. “Why am I always getting hurt?” Reedus asked later, rhetorically. “I get hurt all the time. I feel like I should have like football pads on at all times, even when I’m just walking around.”
Such levity will also be found on screen in an episode that blends action, intrigue and, yes, humor. It also marks the long-awaited reunion of Daryl and Rick, who have basically been apart since the season premiere.
“He and I have a very special episode, the two of us,” says Reedus. “Those two characters really rely on each other, and they are kind of at their best when they’re back-to-back fighting, and we see that again. That comes back up. They become the same sort of duo that they were way back when. So when you see everything that goes down in the second half, there’s a definite camaraderie there that’s being reunited, and it’s nice to see. It was fun to play as well.”
Reedus also knows the reunion is one fans have been clamoring for ever since Daryl took off on his bike to lead the zombie herd away from Alexandria. “There’s definitely an energy there when those two are back,” says Reedus. “People like to watch that, and we like to play that. There are certain dynamics on that show that just really work well all the time, no matter what those characters are doing. So I’m excited to get back to that, and I’m excited for people to see that.”
Of course, the on-screen bromance between Daryl and Rick is matched by the off-screen one between Reedus and Andrew Lincoln, who prepped for the episode together by watching another classic duo. “I know we had a lot of fun making that one episode in particular. We sent a little text message to Robert Redford and told him we were watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid all day. We were back at my house watching that movie. It was definitely a fun episode to film.”
It should be for fans to watch as well.