Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has slammed the show's critics in a hail of expletives.

Reedus dismissed claims that the second season suffered from a lack of pace after some fans criticised the zombie drama's sophomore run.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly he maintained that certain viewers "are going to say whatever they're going to say".

"If we killed a zillion zombies last season everyone would say, 'There's no storyline, they don't talk enough' - so f**k 'em!" said the actor, who plays Daryl Dixon.

"I've been trying to get into Game of Thrones. I can't tell if it's the future or the past, but those motherf**kers talk the whole time.

"Do I gotta bitch about it, or am I going to watch it and enjoy? I'm going to watch it and enjoy."

Reedus did admit that the pace has "definitely [been] amped up" for The Walking Dead's upcoming third season.

"You have to talk to tell a story - it's not a cartoon," he insisted. "[But] the pace this season is definitely amped up. We're just talking faster."