The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has said his character Daryl will come more to the fore in the third season of the drama.

Speaking to IGN he said that fans like Daryl because "it's hard to put your thumb on him and pin him down."

Reedus said "It's hard not to look cool with a crossbow, first off. He's a fighter, and he just really wants a hug. I've always said it's interesting to watch devils cry when angels want to stab you in the back. I like that mixture.

"There are certain things that he'll fight for, and there are certain things he totally cares about, and they're very basic things. He's not an asshole, he's not somebody who will ***k somebody over. But if you hurt [someone he cares about], he'll beat the ***t out of you."

Speaking about the return in season three of Michael Rooker, who plays Daryl’s hot-headed brother Merle he said "It's huge, I can't even really hint at what that is - but it's not what you expect.

"My backstory with Merle is a huge part of season three. You find out reasons why there is even more conflict than you assumed between them."