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Norman Reedus: 'Gut-wrenching' 'Walking Dead' finale 'had crew members crying'

He's everybody's favorite zombie killer with a crossbow, but the "Walking Dead" actor says the show's recent finale was extremely emotional.
/ Source: TODAY

The season finale of "The Walking Dead" that aired on Sunday was pretty tough to watch — Negan, a new character wielding a barbed-wire covered baseball bat launched an assault on a beloved old character, though audiences won't know which one until the fall season begins.

As it turns out, fans weren't the only ones upset by the scene.

"I know what happens and it's gut-wrenching to be there," Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on the show and has been its breakout star, told TODAY on Tuesday. "All of us had reactions to it ... we had crew members crying while we were filming. It's heavy."

Danai Gurira as Michonne; Michael Cudlitz as Sgt Abraham Ford; Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes; Josh McDermitt as Dr Eugene Porter in the season 6 finale of "The Walking Dead."AMC

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But while there has been a social media uproar about how the show left viewers in the dark, Reedus countered, "Cliffhangers have been happening since the beginning of entertainment, so it makes sense."

Norman Reedus getting ready to take aim as Daryl in "The Walking Dead."AMC

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But it's also realistic, added the actor, who will appear in the new feature film "Sky." "It's like real life. You always feel like you have an infinite amount of time with everybody and you don't; and that's sort of the genius of the story."

"Sky" opens in theaters on April 15.

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