The Walking Dead Daryl, Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus wants to stay on Walking Dead until the end and 'bookend' the series

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Sep 27, 2018, 11:04 AM EDT

Andrew Lincoln is leaving The Walking Dead with some bittersweet moments and a seemingly untethered future that only aims to get more and more complex. But not to worry. Fans will still have one comforting throughline leading them through the future of a zombified world in Daryl Dixon. Norman Reedus, despite his ties to Lincoln, isn’t going anywhere.

In an interview with CBR, the actor explained that he’s staying with the show until the bitter end, looking to find closure at the same time as the show itself. “You know, I started on Season 1 of the show, and I’d love to bookend it,” Reedus said. “I put so much effort into this. For me to walk away now would just seem so cowardly.” That’s not a dig at Lincoln, simply because he has different stakes in the game, as far as his real life goes.

“My family’s here, I like my life here,” Reedus said. “I like riding my motorcycle through the country to work. I’ve been in New York a long, long time, and now every time I go back to New York I just wanna go back to Georgia.” So, if the franchise lived on after the flagship show — a movie, say — would Reedus be game?

“I just want to tell honest stories,” Reedus said. “And I think sometimes this show’s a huge show. The scripts are this long, and you have this many days to shoot them, and it’s work. It’s tough. We shoot scenes on this show in an hour that if you were on a movie would take four days to shoot.”

“You have that luxury on a film,” Reedus explained. “I would like to slow the pace entirely. Don’t rush me; I’d like a tiny script and stretch it out. I think that would be fun and honest. So, yeah, if it was like that.”

With so much experience with the property and the myriad ways in which it is looking to expand, it seems entirely plausible that a movie could be made around Dixon in the way Reedus describes — assuming the character survives long enough, of course.