It doesn’t air until March 29, and we still have a few episodes to get through between now and then, but there’s already been a great deal of talk about the season 5 finale of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. We know that it’s going to be a super-sized episode, clocking in at 90 minutes instead of the standard 60. That’s a lot of space to cram in heartbreaking deaths and stressful cliffhangers, and if star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, is to be believed, it’s going to leave some of you traumatized.
He recently stopped by Entertainment Tonight and answered questions from Walking Dead fans. When asked what to expect from the season finale, he replied with, “Wow, bring your Kleenex, and you’ll be screaming at your television.”
That sounds about right for a show that seems to delight in shocking viewers by killing off one beloved character after another, or two in a row in season 5. Some take this statement to mean that Daryl himself might be next up on the chopping block (the series does like to mark big moments with major character deaths).
It’s certainly possible. Producers and creators have routinely made sure to remind you that no one is safe, and Robert Kirkman has specifically pointed out Daryl in these statements, though it’s usually in a joking manner. From the synopsis that came out a bit ago, we know that “Daryl finds himself in trouble while out on the run.” While that sounds ominous, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not long for this world. As we’ve seen over the years, he’s pretty good at getting out of sticky situations. That’s kind of his jam.
This isn’t the first time Reedus has warned fans of impending tragedy. Before the midseason finale, which, of course, saw a tragic death, he had similar things to say, and we all know how that turned out. That episode punched you in the stomach, and the midseason premiere showed up to kick you while you were down, just for good measure.
We’ll have to wait until March 29 to see what The Walking Dead has in store for the season 5 finale, but you can rest assured it’s going to be memorable. Until then, however, we still episodes to get through-there are bound to be some surprises in store-and you can check out this promo for this Sunday’s installment, “Forget,” which follows hot on the heel of an episode titled “Remember.”
So what do you think? Is Daryl the one who is on his way out, or do you think Reedus is talking in a more general sense?