During its four seasons on the air, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has become the most successful scripted show in the history of cable. It regularly attracts audience numbers that make the broadcast networks jealous. One of the reasons for the show’s enormous popularity is the fact that it keeps the audience guessing with plot twists that come from out of left field. Also, main characters die on a regular basis, so viewers do not have any real certainty about who will live and who will die.
If there is one character on the show that has little or no chance of getting killed any time soon, it is the crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. Based on Internet chat rooms and the crowds he draws at the San Diego Comic-Con, Daryl is far and away the most popular character that the series has produced so far. Reedus and the rest of the cast are currently gathering in Atlanta where they will soon start working on the fifth “The Walking Dead” season. Reedus was asked how much showrunner Scott Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman tell him about upcoming storylines. He said that he gets small bits of information regarding what is going to happen. Reedus also points out that Gimple and Kirkman are very good at being vague and masking what they say.
However, Reedus has let it slip that season five is “gonna be just completely insane,” according to the actor. He said that the storyline that Daryl will be involved in “is a thousand miles an hour.” While he would not reveal any specifics about the upcoming season, it seems safe to assume that most of the key characters do not remain locked in a boxcar at Terminus for very long once the season begins.
Season four was met with a lot of criticism regarding the slow pacing, something that was the complete opposite of what viewers had come to expect from the first three seasons. Based on the tidbit that Reedus revealed, it seems as if Gimple and Kirkman have heard the critics. Slow pacing will not be an issue for season five.