Hey, remember how I was just joking about how I probably write about The Walking Dead, like, WAY too much? Well I hope you didn't pay for the full seat today because you're only going to need the edge: it's time for another Walking Dead post.
I'm sorry, I would normally space these out so they don't happen more than once a week because I know we all have other things to discuss, like whether or not that poor Justin Bieber kid can afford a urinal (won't somebody think of the spoiled, ill-behaved, overly privileged popstar children?), but AMC has just released an image from season 4 that you absolutely HAVE to see.
Hint: it involves Daryl Dixon and a mysterious new fashion accessory.
Okay, let's start with the much-hyped promise that the zombie threat will be amped up bigtime in season 4. This has been teased by numerous members of cast and crew, with actor Norman Reedus saying,
They’ve introduced a way to make zombies scary again, and they’re terrifying. The new threat is just unreal. I can’t of course tell you what that is, but it’s brilliant writing.
My theory is that we're going to see zombie herds in season 4, and if that's true it's possible that Daryl will be needing something with a little more oomph than his crossbow. Here's what Reedus recently told Kevin Smith:
The problem with the crossbow is that if there is a bunch of things to kill in front of me, you know, it’s boom, boom, load it in camera, then you’ve got to drop it out, throw the arrow on the ground, pick it back up, then it’s a digital arrow. But to do all that real quick is real taxing.
Reedus also said,
Yeah, it’s a fun weapon, and everybody looks cool holding a crossbow. It’s not a M-16.
Or more specifically, an M-16 with a high capacity magazine that Norman Reedus looks amazingly hot while shooting:
That video was reportedly captured at the end of June, so I'm guessing that season 4 will feature Daryl Dixon wielding a lot more firepower than he has in the past. After all, if you have to take out a crowd of flesh-eating zombies, you probably want yourself a gol-durned machine gun.
(It's worth noting, however, that firing in full auto mode likely wouldn't be very effective at all in terms of picking off accurate headshots. Daryl's method should be to fire short bursts at a time, military-style.)
(Gah, how pedantic was THAT? Shut up, self.)
Finally, here's the intriguing new image AMC released to Entertainment Weekly:
Everyone wants to know what's up with the bandana, and some are wondering if it indicates that Daryl will be wounded or scarred in season 4. Personally, I'm thinking it's unlikely the network would screw up that pretty face of his. My guess is that he's wearing it to stave off smoke, the stench of dead bodies, or to keep bugs out of his teeth while he's on his motorcycle. Or maybe it's to protect him from the spraying fluids of machine-gunned walkers.
Whatever the reason is, let's just agree on the fact that Daryl Dixon has the magical ability to make ANY accessory look sexy as hell, including ponchos, bandanas, and squirrel pelts.
Why do you think Daryl Dixon is wearing a bandana in this season 4 promo image?
Image via AMC/Entertainment Weekly