Norman Reedus compares his Walking Dead character to Mr. Spock

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

There’s no question that the bond that Rick and Daryl share on The Walking Dead is a strong one. Norman Reedus describes it perfectly.

Partnerships on television and in movies are often iconic: Mulder and Scully, R2-D2 and C3PO, Batman and Robin, Meredith and McDreamy.

One of the best moments from Season 7 of The Walking Dead came in the midseason finale when Rick saw Daryl alive and well at the Hilltop. Their brotherly embrace was moving and provided the catharsis the TWD Family needed heading into the midseason hiatus.

When asked about Daryl’s relationship with Rick, Norman Reedus summed it up perfectly, drawing upon one of pop culture’s most iconic partnerships: Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Reedus spoke to Page Six during a New York Garden of Laughs comedy benefit at the end of March and he drew a comparison between Rick and Daryl and Kirk and Spock:

"It’s such a thing, the love story, you know what I mean? Once you throw someone up against a tree, it’s over. I kind of don’t know that Daryl is mature enough to do that. Let Rick get all the girls. I’m like Spock on ‘Star Trek’ and he’s like Captain Kirk. He gets all the ladies and I sit in the background and say weird things."

And it’s true — Daryl didn’t have much time in Season 7 to focus on love, needing to focus instead on escaping from the Sanctuary and helping his friends prepare for the big battle against Negan. On the other hand, Rick had a whole honeymoon trip with Michonne. Rick has definitely had more luck in the relationships than Daryl has over the past few seasons, and Reedus seems to be okay with that.

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Now that Norman Reedus seems to have a blossoming relationship of his own with Diane Kruger, perhaps Daryl will be the next one to be lucky in love.