The living Dead finally wrapped up last weekend, bringing to an end the most-watched show in AMC history. The series became a cultural phenomenon and probably no character was more beloved than Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon. Introduced as a seemingly throwaway character in the first season, Daryl exploded into one of the faces of the show, and his will-they-or-not-they romance with Carol (Melissa McBride) generated as much or more conversation. online than any other relationship on the show. Late in the game, the character of Magna (Nadia Hilker) came on and brought a lot of life to a series that by then felt like it was lagging behind.
During the series finale this weekend, Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com asked Reedus and Hilker what they would do differently if they could go back in time and re-litigate a moment later. The living Dead. They had completely different answers.
“I think maybe the Alpha story. I would have loved to hang out with Alpha a bit more,” Reedus said. “It was fun working with Samantha. I know she was a bad guy, but I loved her whole Axl Rose feel, and she was a lot of fun to work with. You learn a lot when you watch Samantha work.”
“I wish Yumiko and Magna’s sex scene could have been a bit more intense, but it’s a network so we can’t do that,” Hilker said. “And now standing here with Norman, I think we also — I think Magna and Daryl kind of hate each other, but they’re also very similar. I think a lot could have been explored there.”
You can see the full video above.
Daryl’s story continues in a spin-off series that will take him to Europe. In the interview, he talks a bit about the epic scale and some of the new challenges that come with it.
The finale drew more than 2 million viewers on Sunday — more than any episode since February 2021 — but those numbers still pale in comparison to the more than 10 million who routinely watched the show in its heyday. Spinning characters like Negan and Maggie, Daryl Dixon, and Rick and Michonne into their own spin-off stories seems like an AMC play to capture some of the magic of the early days of The living Dead.
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