The Walking Dead series completed filming for the final episode of the series in March. This was a sad day for the cast, crew, and fans. We won’t see the last episodes until the fall but knowing that filming has finished is a harsh reality within the fandom that this series is indeed coming to an end. Norman Reedus shared his experience of the last day on set.
People magazine talked with Norman Reedus, who has played Daryl Dixon since season 1, about his final day on set. Many fans have heard how he has taken many crossbows from set, for which he has accumulated eight. But, on the final day of filming, emotions ran high, and Reedus walked off set wearing Daryl’s outfit. Now that is an excellent addition to his collection of Walking Dead memorabilia.
He shared how everyone was hugging and saying goodbye and crying, and he simply got in the car without changing out of his wardrobe and wore the whole thing home. He also confided that he has all of Daryl’s vests.
After leaving the set for the final time, he approached the gate at his Georgia home and thought, “Wow, I’m never going to take that route again,” and “Wow, that just ended.'”
The Walking Dead – Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus has played Daryl Dixon since season 1, episode 3, “Tell it to the Frogs.” Before this episode, viewers met his brother Merle (Michael Rooker) and expected Daryl to be similar to his brother. Although they were a lot alike, Daryl was the more level-headed of the pair.
Daryl wasn’t a comic character, so there was no source material to draw from. Throughout the series, Daryl has gone from a loner redneck to a valued member and leader of the survivors. In the final season, he has taken over the care of Rick and Michonne’s children, Judith and RJ, something viewers couldn’t imagine in season 1 Daryl.
The final episode of The Walking Dead won’t be the last that is seen of Daryl Dixon. He will go on to a spinoff series set in Europe. The plot hasn’t been released, but hopefully, this series will introduce the variant walkers seen in the post-credit scene at the end of The Walking Dead: World Beyond series.