The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus has spoken about the upcoming Daryl and Carol spin-off, saying he wants it to offer hope to fans.
The actor has been a mainstay on the hit drama, having survived as Daryl Dixon throughout all 10 seasons to date.
He’ll soon star alongside Melissa McBride in a new spin-off, duo to begin after the Walking Dead concludes with its 11th season.
Norman spoke to PA about the upcoming programme, saying that he hoped it would be a boost for fans after months of lockdown.
‘I’m hoping that the timing is great,’ he said. ‘I’m hoping that the time the show is ready to air that the pandemic is over, that the curtains have opened, the sun has come out, people are starting to hug again, and it’s a show of hope.
‘I feel like it’s been such a rough year, and a rough couple of years, and I feel like I want the world to be the Age of Aquarius again and the sun to come out and the trumpets blaring and we go out in a different sort of way.’
He added: ‘I hope that it’s a show of hope, and it’s a show of friendship, and it has a vibe like that.’
The actor also spoke about season 11 of The Walking Dead, saying: ‘I can tell you what my hopes are for it. My hopes are that they kick us out of the gate with it, like a rocket ship.’
He continued: ‘I think we owe it to ourselves and owe it to the fans of The Walking Dead to really kill it this last season, to really make it as exciting as the biggest finale of the biggest season ever. I feel like we owe it to each other.’
As well as the new Daryl and Carol show, there’s a comedy spin-off on the way too.
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently promised something ‘special’ in the upcoming episodes. The actor also talked about the possibility of seeing a spin-off following his character, Negan.
The Walking Dead is due to come to an end with its 11th season. There’ll be 24 episodes to look out for. The first half is expected to air in late 2021, with the second half coming in 2022. There are six more season 10 episodes arriving before then.
New episodes of The Walking Dead are due to premiere on March 1 on FOX in the UK.