Norman Reedus has portrayed Daryl Dixon since season 1 of The Walking Dead, which began airing in 2010. The series is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, and Daryl is a character created specifically for the series for Reedus to play. Throughout his time on the series that aired for eleven seasons, Daryl is one of several characters with a drastic transformation. In season 3, he was still learning to be part of a family, but in this classic scene, he did a great job of being Uncle Daryl.
In season 3, episode 6, “Hounded,” everyone is reeling from the death of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is losing his mind at his loss, and they are clearing the prison of the walkers.
In the scene below, Daryl, Carl (Chandler Riggs), and Oscar (Vincent M. Ward) begin scoping the prison’s lower levels, ensuring there are no stray walkers. Daryl starts to tell Carl how his mother burned to death in a house fire when he was young and how horrible it was. Carl tells Daryl that he had to be the one to shoot his mother before she turned. It was an emotional moment of bonding between the two characters.
The Walking Dead – Daryl Dixon
Daryl might not be the person you think could relate to a child, but in this instance, he could feel the pain Carl was experiencing. He knew this poor child was handling emotions too mature for his tender age.
When Carl dies in season 8, Daryl promises Carl to take care of Judith and tells him. “These people, you saved them all. It’s all you, man,” says goodbye and walks away. He kept his promise to Carl and watched over Judith like she was his own child.