‘Walking Dead’ preview: Glen Mazzara on the Dixon brothers’ fate

Feb. 22, 2013 | 4:23 p.m.
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Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker as Daryl and Merle Dixon in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

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Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) in Sunday's episode, "I Ain't No Judas," of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

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Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "I Ain't No Judas." (Gene Page/AMC)

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Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "I Ain't No Judas." (Gene Page/AMC)

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Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "I Ain't No Judas." (Gene Page/AMC)

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Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "I Ain't No Judas." (Gene Page/AMC)

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Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "I Ain't No Judas." (Gene Page/AMC)

Last week on “The Walking Dead,” yet another character departed from the roster in an unexpected moment, a casualty of the Governor’s quest for revenge. You might say, though, that the surprise was hardly surprising. After all, departing show runner Glen Mazzara has said repeatedly that no one in the world of the hit AMC series is safe.

But surely, some people might be a little safer than others. Like, say, Daryl Dixon.

Mazzara conceded to Hero Complex that he’s heard from plenty of audience members who promise to revolt should anything happen to Norman Reedus’ fan-favorite character. Naturally, the executive producer declined to reveal exactly what’s in store for Daryl and his hard-case big brother Merle (Michael Rooker), but he did promise a more detailed examination of the nature of their relationship in the coming episodes.

(Click through the gallery of images above to get an early look at Sunday night’s episode, “I Ain’t No Judas.”)

“It will be interesting to see how Daryl either has to fall into a pattern of behavior from his whole life and become the little brother again who’s being bullied or is he going to stand up for himself, especially at a time when his friends need him?” Mazzara said. “It will be interesting to see what he does.”

Viewers already have learned more about the brothers’ complicated back story — last week’s installment hinted at the extensive physical abuse Daryl suffered at the hands of his father after Merle left home. Mazzara said that finding a way to isolate those two characters was key to organically building more of those kinds of moments into the show’s larger narrative.

“The idea of separating Daryl from the group is to spotlight that character, not to get him offstage,” Mazzara said. “We did exactly the same thing with Andrea and Michonne. The idea was to take somebody out of the group and have them stand on their own to examine them and then see what happens. That’s what we did with those characters.”

– Gina McIntyre

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2 Responses to ‘Walking Dead’ preview: Glen Mazzara on the Dixon brothers’ fate

  1. MICHAEL HJEING says:

    PLEASE KEEP GLEN, HE CAN SHOOT THAT BOW, DON'T LET HIM GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. MICHAEL HENIG says:

    I AM A TATTOED BIKER, BUT I'M 66 YRS OLD SO I GUESS I'M RETIRED. DISABLED VIETNAM VET 66-67. MAN CAN I ACT, I CAN PLAY MYSELF AND IT WOULD WORK. JUST PUT ME IN JAIL WITH THE GROUP. I CAN SHOW HOW TO SET UP NIGHT RAIDS ON THE GOV.

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