Norman Reedus Updates When He Can Return To The Walking Dead

By Nathan Kamal | 2 months ago

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Norman Reedus took to Instagram today to let fans know that he was nearly ready to return to production on the long-running AMC show The Walking Dead. Reedus recently suffered a concussion that prevented him from attending an appearance at the Fandemic Tour (a fan event attended by numerous other Walking Dead actors) and caused a new delay in the often delayed production of the show. It is unclear whether Reedus was injured on set during the course of filming or in an outside incident. According to Reedus’ post, he will be back to production this Tuesday, and he expressed regret for not being able to attend the event. He also threw in an image of a softly filtered black cat tucked between a snowy white pillow and an equally white shield, because why not, it’s social media. Check out the post here: 

Since The Walking Dead premiered to much acclaim (and Walker Brothers-assisted promotion) in 2010, Norman Reedus has portrayed Daryl Dixon. The character was initially a recurring one in the first season, but quickly became a fan favorite; by the second season, Reedus had been promoted to the central cast. While the AMC show is based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, Daryl Dixon was specifically created for the show. Reportedly, Reedus read an early script while the show was being developed and begged to be cast; Daryl Dixon was written expressly for the actor. He has since become one of the most visible members of the cast of The Walking Dead, with the surly, borderline aggressive characterization of Daryl Dixon becoming a key part of the post-apocalyptic vibe of the show. Once Andrew Lincoln (who played Sheriff Rick Grimes) left the show, Reedus was essentially made the lead protagonist of the season. 

Prior to joining The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus was best known for co-starring with Sean Patrick Flannery in the cult film The Boondock Saints. Written and directed by Troy Duffy, the action thriller was poorly received upon its release in 1999, but eventually developed a loyal audience for its over-the-top portrayal of two Irish-American brothers shooting people who they feel deserve it. Duffy eventually reunited with Reedus and Flannery for a much-delayed sequel in 2009, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (which also featured much firing of guns and Catholic imagery). In 2021, it was announced that a third Boondock Saints movie would go into production this year. 

The Walking Dead has been one of AMC’s flagship shows since its premiere, and has developed an entire franchise around the idea of people losing their humanity and treating each other poorly as they try to avoid zombies. Norman Reedus will be starring in an upcoming spin-off as Daryl Dixon, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays one of the recurring antagonists of the series, will receive his own show. That is in addition to the existing Fear the Walking Dead, which is currently in its seventh season. We hope Norman Reedus continues to recover speedily, and (fictionally) kill more zombies.