KEY POINTS

  • “The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus revealed AMC has put in place a number of safety measures
  • Tracers are used to monitor how long people are spending time in close proximity
  • Testing for coronavirus is done three times a week

“The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus recently opened up about the safety measures AMC is undertaking to keep cast and crew safe during filming.

Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the zombie apocalypse drama, revealed that they wear tracers to monitor how long people are spending in close proximity.

“We wear these little tracers in our clothes that will tell us how long we spend in proximity to another tracer,” Reedus said, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Elaborating on the safety measures in place, Reedus said that everyone on set is either masked up or has shields on. Tests for coronavirus are done three times a week.

However, social distancing has changed the vibe on set.

Reedus pointed out that because everyone is always masked up, it becomes difficult to know when a person is smiling.

“We like to hug, we like to high-five, we like to shake each other,” Reedus said. "We're with that group. So to keep us all separated, it's different. Granted we're getting used to it, but there are no divas on this set. Now everyone's away from each other and everyone's got these masks on you and you can't see people's smile, so it's kind of a different vibe.”

Meanwhile, “The Walking Dead” chief content officer Scott M Gimple recently spoke about the decision to end the show after Season 11, saying it was AMC that ultimately made the call.

The zombie apocalypse drama, based on the comic books created and written by Robert Kirkman with artist Tony Moore, will come to an end in 2022 with the Commonwealth story arc. However, addition spin-offs such as the “Tales of the Walking Dead,” an anthology series, an untitled series with Reedus and Melissa McBride and a planned feature film series are all in the works.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the series finale, Gimple said he’s yet to wrap his around the fact that the show was coming to an end.

“This came out of conversations with AMC and ultimately they made this call, obviously,” Gimple said. “And so [The Walking Dead showrunner] Angela Kang and I, thinking about it was … I don't know, it's incredibly heavy. I mean, even though, like you said, we have all these Walking Dead things ahead, and even with so many of the people that we work with, and in fact I'm hoping it's with most of the people in one direction or another with Tales, Daryl and Carol, other stuff. I don't know, it's still incredibly heavy.”

“The Walking Dead” will return to television in early 2021.

AMC is forging ahead with a new "Walking Dead" spin-off featuring the character of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)
AMC is forging ahead with a new "Walking Dead" spin-off featuring the character of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) AFP / Chris Delmas
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