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There’s still a few months to wait until The Walking Dead returns to our screens but Norman Reedus – who plays chief zombie-slayer Daryl Dixon in the hit show – has been speaking about the new series.
“The world is completely turned upside down,” the 47-year-old Californian told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a complete change of power.
“That group of people have been fighting to have their feet firmly on the ground and have some sort of direction to live in and some sort of code to live by and moral compass, and they thought they were doing it okay, you know?”
“It was hard, and they had to go through things all the time, but they were on a path, and now that path has been ripped from their feet, and things that they believe in are completely different now.”
Reedus, who has played loveable redneck in The Walking Dead since 2010, went on to say that this change in power “affects the group completely differently” with some members of the survivor group led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) fighting it and others accepting it.
“There are people questioning it,” said Reedus. “There are people pointing their fingers. There are people blaming themselves. Other things happen that completely destroy people. The group is completely broken apart at this point.”
The sixth season of the US show ended in April and met with a fair amount of outcry from fans who, angered by the show’s cliffhanger ending , launched an online petition asking TV network AMC to reveal which character was killed by super-villain Negan.
However, Reedus has said that the new episodes will make up for the frustration.
“Trust me,” he said. “I think probably the planet is going to explode. That’s my feeling.
“It’s so good. Every time we go on a promotional tour talking about what’s going to come, we all say ‘Oh my God, it’s amazing. I can’t wait for you to see it.’ But it continually surprises me how this show grows and is put together and the execution of it – no pun intended.
“It blows my mind. It just continually reaches a new plateau every single time, and this is the highest plateau we’ve ever been. So just wait. It’s worth the wait, trust me.”
The Walking Dead is due to return on October 23 in the US, and the following day in the UK.
You can watch a trailer for the new season below.