There are a number of reasons why Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon is the best character on the AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, despite being one of the only core members of the group of survivors who doesn’t appear in Robert Kirkman’s comics that serve as the source material. As a character, he has spent most of his life fending for himself, living off the land, skills that have served him well in a world overrun by walkers where things like grocery stores are a thing of the past. But these survival tools are not unique to Daryl, it’s something Reedus shares with his on screen alter ego.
Talking to GQ recently, Reedus revealed that being on the hit show has had a serious impact on his life, though not in the way you might expect. Before the series he was always kind of an outdoors type, but that got cranked up a notch, actually a few notches. Like now he lives in the woods, seriously, among other things. And, as he was only supposed to be around for a short time, though his immediately popularity saw to it that he stayed around, it’s only getting more pronounced.