Fans love “The Walking Dead,” they love Norman Reedus, and Norman Reedus loves motorcycles. Put those three elements together, and you have a Season 6 premiere party as wild as any zombie apocalypse.
On Friday night (Oct. 10), Reedus and his fellow “Walking Dead” zombie killers attended a massive series celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden in front of 15,000 souls. Tangentially associated with New York Comic Con, stars including Andrew Lincoln and Danai Guerra kept things formal in tuxedos and ball gowns — but Reedus stole the show with a delightfully unrefined entrance.
“I mean, if you’re gonna enter, you might as well enter,” said host and “Community” star Yvette Nicole Brown, watching the man otherwise known as Daryl Dixon drive right onto the stage. Fortunately, he didn’t shoot anybody with a crossbow.
Also participating in the panel was Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Emily Kinney (Beth), Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Tom Payne who plays a character in the new season named Jesus. Showrunner Robert Kirkman previewed Season 6 for fans, and Reedus discussed upcoming developments in Daryl’s storyline. “He was really against [Alexandria] in the beginning,” the 46-year-old actor explained of the show’s walled-off community. “[His fellow characters] made him find his sense of self-worth, and I think he’s still trying to find that.” Reedus also added that Daryl and Rick will “have a little back-and-forth.”
The event had a lot of fun interjections, including a “Family Feud”-like game where the cast competed against each other, former series star Jon Bernthal (soon to be on “Daredevil”) coming out for a group hug, and series fans like Simon Pegg and James Corden popping up in pre-recorded messages to the cast.
“Tonight,” advised Kirkman, premiering the first episode of Season 6 that the rest of us can watch Sunday (Oct. 11) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, “as your heart pounds, hands sweat and you clutch the hand of the person next to you … keep in mind that this is only the beginning of the most intense season yet.”