‘Walking Dead’ Gives Daryl Dixon A New Poncho And Purpose

When “Walking Dead” returns next month, fans will immediately notice two big changes to Daryl Dixon. One, he’s taking on a serious leadership position within the group of survivors. Two, he’s wearing a sweet new poncho.

Mostly kidding on that last point, though you’ll see Daryl’s latest fashion upgrade in new photos obtained by THR. Further, actor Norman Reedus spoke with the outlet about what fans can expect when the AMC zombie drama returns for a third season on October 14.

“With the turn of how things are going with the apocalypse, he’s opening himself up to people and being respected in other ways and finding reasons to fight for certain people and be apart of a group,” Reedus said. “It’s a big deal for him. With Shane being gone, there’s more responsibilities … but Daryl doesn’t want the responsibility of taking over a group, he’s just trying to fit in.”

Daryl isn’t the only survivor adapting to the times, of course. Another ever-evolving hero is Maggie Greene, daughter of Hershel and girlfriend of Glenn, who herself is trying to find the upside in the apocalypse.

“What’s exciting for Maggie now is she’s still trying to find a sense of joy in what they’re doing and joy in the victory of finding a safe-hold or in taking out some walkers,” actress Lauren Cohan said of her character’s development. “She still stops to smell the roses when she can but it’s ruthless and violent. The group before was on the road but now she’s joined them on this and they’re much more overwhelmed with the amount of walkers. She’s still a farm girl at her core but she’s seen a lot of death.”

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