Things are seriously beginning to heat up on The Walking Dead season 8.
Coming out of last night’s appropriately titled “Monsters,” in which the communities of Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom were at odds with one another, Norman Reedus has addressed the tension that seems to be festering between Rick and his right-hand man, Daryl Dixon.
Still licking his wounds – both physical and mental – from that grueling spell of torture in season 7, we know that Daryl is thirsting for revenge in The Walking Dead season 8, which goes some way to explaining why he defied Rick’s orders and shot Todd (Lee Norris) in “Monsters.”
It’s a pretty shocking moment by anyone’s standards, and it even came up in conversation during Talking Dead, in which host Chris Hardwick quizzed Reedus about Daryl’s motivations. And let’s just say Rick and Daryl, arguably the two pillars of AMC’s apocalyptic flagship, are no longer singing from the same hymn sheet.
Per ComicBook.com, here’s what Norman Reedus had to share:
Following another one of Rick’s great plans… you know, nothing for nothing, I know he’s trying really hard. But it’s a complicated plan, and we’re trying to stick to it as much as we can, but Daryl’s gone a little bit rogue.
Hardwick then presented the question that has been on everyone’s lips: does this mean there’s a conflict between Rick and Daryl?
There might be one coming [laughs]. It looks like there could be something happening. But you know, we’re still brothers and we’re still on the same team, but the stakes are higher right now.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead continues with the premiere of “Some Guy” on Sunday, November 12th, and it looks like the Saviors will be packing serious firepower, based on the episode’s official logline: “A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick’s forces and those of the Saviors.”