Walking Dead Midseason Finale Spoilers: Norman Reedus Talks ‘Devastating’ Episode 8

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
November 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Daryl is so distraught at both Carol and Beth being held at the hospital in The Walking Dead season 5 that he’s ready to do whatever it takes to get them back.

“He’s ready to just burn the place down,” Norman Reedus told TV Guide in its upcoming issue.

“It’s a different world now, and certain people have gone so dark that you have to put down the rabid ones to survive.”

Reedus said that the final moments of the episode are so “devastating” that they led him to cry for about an hour. 

“I really wanted not to tear up during the scene–I wanted to be like I had wasted every tear in my body before we started shooting–so I just sat there and cried and cried and cried,” he explained.

Reedus also said that Daryl will be pushed into new emotional territory.

“He’s one of those characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it but the carrot falls in the mud right before he’s about to get it,” he said. 

The comments come after Walking Dead creator told The Hollywood Reporter that the midseason finale is “deadly.” 

“This confrontation is definitely going to be substantially different from the confrontation with The Governor (David Morrissey) or Gareth (Andrew J. West),” Kirkman said about the conflict between Rick’s group and Dawn’s group.

“We do continue to evolve these human-to-human conflicts in very interesting ways, and this is no different. There are going to be some pretty unexpected events in our midseason finale, which is as it should be. On a scale of one to 10, I’d say [the midseason finale is] pretty deadly.”

One indication of the havoc that’s sure to come in one of the biggest episodes of the season is that Greg Nicotero, executive producer, told HuffPost that there “were upwards of 800 walkers” for the episode.

Some potential spoilers indicate that Beth may be the major death, or one of the major deaths, in the episode.

Other rumors suggest that Noah and Tara will die at some point this season, possibly in the midseason finale.

The Walking Dead season 5 midseason finale will air on Sunday, Novemebr 30.

The season will return on February 8, 2015 with eight more episodes.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.