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*Saluting Daryl, 'The Walking Dead's' Subversive Redneck Hero*
Big-Hollywood ^ | 4 Mar 2013 | Christian Toto

Posted on 03/05/2013 8:06:20 PM PST by virgil283

"The show's most noteworthy element is Daryl, the redneck rebel played by Norman Reedus. He's a southern boy to the core, .....

The "redneck" label is why Reedus' character is so subversive. Hollywood routinely diminishes southern characters, mocking their faith, their manners (or lack thereof) and other regional attributes. .... The character remains loyal to his brother, Merle (Michael Rooker), an unabashed racist who remains a threat to our heroes despite turning against the show's human villains early in the current season.....

Daryl is hardly a hormone-driven hunk. He's not much for romance despite the gentle advances from fellow survivor Carol (Melissa McBride), and he's the last character to sugarcoat the reality they all face.

"The show's heroes rely on Daryl's strength, his hunting skills and his knack for being in the right place at the right time. ..... None of this would be possible without Reedus's knack for embracing Daryl's culture without demeaning it. The actor, best known for the Boondock Saints franchise, doesn't exaggerate his roots, but he also won't let us forget where's he's from all the same. With one squint Reedus conveys the pain of living in a post-apocalyptic world as well as the sense he'll go down fighting no matter the odds. It's a terrific balancing act, one that gives the show's writers the freedom to make Daryl a superlative hero.

The series is famous for killing off key characters, but it's hard to imagine the writing team angering fans by dispatching Daryl to the hordes of hungry zombies.

The viewer outrage would be palpable, and it would be a blow to television to see such a groundbreaking character meet his maker"....

redneck-hero

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: daryl; daryldixon; walkingdead
"None of this would be possible without Reedus's knack for embracing Daryl's culture without demeaning it"
1 posted on 03/05/2013 8:06:39 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

If Daryl dies, we riot.

I’m just saying...


2 posted on 03/05/2013 8:08:54 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: virgil283

He’s just a good common sense redneck like you’ll find all across rural America.


3 posted on 03/05/2013 8:10:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: virgil283

4 posted on 03/05/2013 8:13:15 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: virgil283

sighhhhh O thank you for giving my Darryl fix. I won’t know what to do when this seasons ends, and the new one starts in October.


5 posted on 03/05/2013 8:16:26 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: cripplecreek

And I’d bet he’s eaten squirrel all his life. And maybe even some coon and possum.


6 posted on 03/05/2013 8:17:50 PM PST by Terry Mross (How long before America is gone?)
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To: vladimir998

Can we sue for Emotional Stress if that happens?


7 posted on 03/05/2013 8:18:06 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Patriot Babe; WXRGina; autumnraine; CatherineofAragon
Norman
8 posted on 03/05/2013 8:24:16 PM PST by virgil283 ( ... pride is a hindrance to truth,.... Roosh)
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To: Terry Mross
Rednecks get the job done one way or another.

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If your shanty falls through the ice, you don't just leave it there. You go find some redneck friends to help pull it out.
9 posted on 03/05/2013 8:24:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: virgil283

That’s an excellent write-up about Daryl. I know much more about him now than from the first season.

Thanks for pinging me on it, Virgil!


10 posted on 03/05/2013 8:40:42 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: virgil283

Is it me or was the most recent episode excruciatingly slow?


11 posted on 03/05/2013 8:41:23 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

That long monologue of Morgan’s is the first time the writers have seriously dropped the ball. I hope it’s’ the last.


12 posted on 03/05/2013 9:15:32 PM PST by Argus
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To: andyk

If you watched from the beginning, the most recent episode is fully in the tradition of using the zombie apocalypse as the muse of human nature. It also sported the killer combo of the holy **** moment, and stands with S01E06, S02E06 and S02E12 as among the best of the show, IMO.


13 posted on 03/05/2013 9:16:33 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: virgil283

Though I really like the character and where he is going, but he did make an off-hand comment towards an effigy of Christ in a church.


14 posted on 03/05/2013 9:30:28 PM PST by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: Terry Mross

I think he is from UK.


15 posted on 03/05/2013 10:13:30 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine
Nope. Born in Florida, grew up in California:

http://www.imdb.com/

Also, the Walking Dead has the unfortunate characteristic of being largely a cheesy soap opera with occasional "wow" moments. They've been that way since the beginning. Plenty of people still like it, but it could have been so much better.
16 posted on 03/05/2013 10:21:12 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: andyk

Yep, and a few before that too.

Way to much yakking, blah blah and feeeeelings, bah, and not enough zombie action. Napalm and stuff!


17 posted on 03/05/2013 10:21:40 PM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: virgil283

People enjoy characters that are all of a piece. They like subtlety and complexity, too, but the ones that pop are the ones with a simple enough hook. Daryl jumps out of the screen because he’s different from the rest of the characters, besides Merle, but also because he’s a fully formed type. He has integrity, in a manner of speaking. That is to say every part of him fits with the whole, and the audience notices that immediately.

His thoroughgoing redneckism allows him, also, to be one of the easiest to develop. For the less time spent establishing a character, the quicker you can make them do things against type. Which is a big part of compelling drama. Luring people to expect certain things, then to play out events consonant and dissonant with these expectations.


18 posted on 03/05/2013 11:14:06 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: virgil283

I met him about a year ago, he was pretty down to earth and totally not pretentious at all. Also, he is physically beautiful in person.


19 posted on 03/05/2013 11:59:32 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: virgil283
My daughter says if Daryl dies, she's done with the show. It's funny my daughter is kind of preppy dressing, an athletic brainiac. I guess teenagers always like the bad boy!
20 posted on 03/06/2013 1:28:23 AM PST by MacMattico
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To: vladimir998; virgil283
"If Daryl dies, we riot.

I’m just saying..."

I'll be one of the first to pick up a pitchfork.

Thanks for the ping, virgil.

21 posted on 03/06/2013 7:15:20 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: andyk
"Is it me or was the most recent episode excruciatingly slow?"

Well, it was slowER, in comparison to, say, the ending of the episode where the Governor attacked the prison. But I don't watch the show for nonstop zombie action. One of the things that makes the show special is the great character development, and it takes time, and a slower pace, to do that. Otherwise WD would be just another horror piece with cardboard, depthless characters.

A lot of viewers wanted to know what happened with Morgan, and I think it was appropriate to take an hour to show that. I found this video on the AMC website in which the actor, Lennie James, implies we might see the character again at some point. And he's another Brit!

http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/spoilers-tour-of-morgans-season-3-apartment-inside-the-walking-dead

22 posted on 03/06/2013 7:52:29 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: andyk; All

http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/spoilers-tour-of-morgans-season-3-apartment-inside-the-walking-dead


23 posted on 03/06/2013 7:54:27 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: virgil283

People like Daryl, not only because he can get things done, but because he can get this done without losing his honor and his morality.

Daryl started out just like his brother Meryl, pretty bad guy, bad racist.

He’s actually become “more human” and “more civilized” as civilization fell apart. That’s why people like him.

In contrast, Mr. law-and-order Sherriff has turned into Shane (at least for now).

Stripped of civilization, Shane turned into well, a physcho killer.

Lori, Ms. Housewife, showed she was a a bitch that latched on to whatever most-alpha male came along.

Etc.


24 posted on 03/06/2013 8:01:25 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: MacMattico

“My daughter says if Daryl dies, she’s done with the show. It’s funny my daughter is kind of preppy dressing, an athletic brainiac. I guess teenagers always like the bad boy!”

I don’t see him as a bad boy. He looks like a bad boy, but he doesn’t act like one. Now his brother Merle, on the other hand, is a bad boy and I can’t stand him.


25 posted on 03/06/2013 2:04:53 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Yeah, you’re probably right. I think Daryl’s going to have to “take care” of Merle at some point, if ya get my meaning!


26 posted on 03/06/2013 4:45:59 PM PST by MacMattico
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