In the gaming world, there’s a rule about preview artwork for upcoming games: it’s all lies. They present you with supposed screenshots to make the game look awesome and make potential buyers excited about it, but those scenes never appear in the finished product.
I think something similar applies to “spoilers” for upcoming TV shows, such as season 5 of the Walking Dead, set to premier next month. Occassional leaks do occur, and with a show that’s filmed entirely on location, it’s hard to prevent a few pictures from getting out there.
But the latest supposed spoiler for the show proposes that Daryl Dixon is going to lose a hand – and I have to call bullshit on that one.
The info comes directly from Norman Reedus’ personal Twitter account (
@wwwbigbaldhead), and I’m fairly certain that they wouldn’t have let him put actual spoilers out there like that. The move has to have either been contrived by the show’s producers, or a pre-approved joke by Reedus.
The story involves Daryl Dixon losing his right hand. It comes from a series of pictures Reedus posted, a play on the recent rumors about Dixon’s homosexuality (a rumor that seems awfully far-fetched to me, seeing as he’s had more female love interests than most of the characters on the show). One picture shows him with show producer and makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero on one knee in front of Reedus, miming putting a ring on his finger, with the caption “I said yes.”
What’s most noteable about the photo, though, is that Reedus’ hand is covered in nasty black blood. The follow up photo shows what looks like the hand lying on the ground, with the caption “Divorced.”
Looks like a big uh-oh for Daryl’s hand, right? I say it’s total crap. And here’s why:
In the comic, Rick loses his hand when the group first discovers Woodbury. It’s cut off by the Governer when Rick lies about the location of their camp. Now, forevermore, Rick shall have no hand in the comic book. But they didn’t do this on the show. Why?
“I like the fact that he lost his hand in the comic,” says comic writer/TWD creator Robert Kirkman. “To be perfectly honest, the practical difficulties of having a guy who doesn’t have a hand is extremely complicated in the comic and would be impossible in the show. Because the comic book doesn’t move. For instance, in a recent issue, I think it’s 122 or 123, Rick is standing on top of a truck. It would take him quite a while to climb on top of a truck with one hand, but we just show him standing on a truck. And you’re reading that comic, and you’re like, ‘There he is on that truck.’”
But of course you’d have to show him doing that on the show, or forever just use creative editing to skip around all that, and hope no one asks questions. Plus you make a right-handed actor use his left hand for everything, including action scenes, which is something that can be pretty taxing on an actor. And putting undue strain on main characters is a bad idea. You piss off Scott Wilson, and whatever…Hershel is going to die at the end of the season, so what difference does it make it he sours on the role? But make Andrew Lincoln – or even worse, Norman Reedus – not want to do it anymore? And you’ve, well, cut off your right hand. That’s bad for business.
Then there are budgetary concerns, the logistical issues (they might just bandage the hand to look like a stump, but it would be as long as the other hand, so they also might just go for a green screen effect like with Michonne’s zombie pets). And don’t forget you’d render Dixon unable to use his trademark weapon with a move like that. Maybe you can steady a crossbow on a stump and pull the trigger with the other, but how are you going to reload? With your teeth, like The Green Arrow in the Dark Knight Returns?
Yea, I don’t think so.
So, don’t expect to see this happen in season 5. Take your spoilers with a grain of salt people!