Judging by the number of “If Daryl Dies, We Riot” photos on Tumblr, Daryl Dixon, the man who’s never said no to a dead squirrel to cook into a stew, is the breakout character on AMC’s The Walking Dead, which returns tonight after a two-month hiatus. Meaning, unlike everyone else on the zombie series, people would actually be sad if the forest scrounger, as played by Norman Reedus, were to die. The next seven episodes of the show should have lots of Daryl for everyone to enjoy, considering where it left off back in December (here’s a refresher).
Before The Walking Dead, the only thing I knew Reedus from was The Boondock Saints (he was also in The Notorious Bettie Page, which I’ve seen, but was distracted by, yeah), but he’s been working steadily since the early 1990s, when he appeared in the music videos for “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead, “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Ugly Kid Joe, “Violently Happy” by Björk, and “Flat Top” by the Goo Goo Dolls, obviously the best song of the bunch.
Good thing it wasn’t “Iris,” otherwise I’d have to kill Reedus in the deal I made with the Devil to never hear that song ever, ever, ever, ever, ever again. Totally worth it.