In season 8 of The Walking Dead, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is on the warpath.
Speaking with EW ahead of the season 8 premiere this Sunday, Reedus says Daryl will be more vengeful and more violent following his imprisonment by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors in season 7.
“He’s just got revenge on his mind this year,” Reedus said. “He’s ready to kill everybody, no matter what the group says, no matter what anybody says. He’s just like, ‘Nah, screw it. Everybody dies.’ He’s very focused on revenge.”
Audiences caught a glimpse of this even more untamed Daryl last season when he killed Fat Joey (Joshua Hoover) during his escape from the Sanctuary, brutally bludgeoning the Savior to death with a pipe — in a manner all too similar to how Negan viciously murdered Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) with a barbwire-wrapped baseball bat right in front of Daryl.
After escaping the Sanctuary with Jesus (Tom Payne), Daryl wasn't able to return home to Alexandria, instead finding asylum at the Kingdom by means of King Ezekiel (Khary Payton). As told by Negan's right hand man, Simon (Steven Ogg), if Daryl turned up at Alexandria, the Saviors would force Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to chop the hunter into pieces. Daryl then hid out at the Hilltop with Maggie (Lauren Cohan), backing her up in the first strike against Negan and the Saviors when the Alexandria, Hilltop and Kingdom communities finally banded together in the season 7 finale, "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life."
Now that the survivors are back together again, Reedus couldn't be happier.
“Season 8 feels like our old show again,” Reedus said. “The people I like working with the most are the ones I’m working with again. The gang’s back together. The fight’s back in it. Last year was so rough. It didn’t feel like our show and I know it is our show, and you’ve got to do stuff like that, but last year felt so disconnected. Everyone was so disconnected in the core group. So it feels like it used to feel again which is really exciting.”
The Walking Dead returns for its season 8 premiere Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c on AMC.