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Body Language: Are the women of The Walking Dead fighting over Norman Reedus?

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To the left of this text is a casual photo of the women of The Walking Dead taken at Walker Stalker Con Chicago 2014. Look at the physical distance between original Season 1 actress Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Season 2 actress Emily Kinney (Beth Greene). Based on the body language, what do you notice?

At first glance, everything looks just fine among the lady warriors of AMC’s popular TV show. But a closer interpretation of the body language in the photo reveals that all may not be well in zombieland. Note how Laurie Holden appears to be closed off from the other women in the group, with her arm wrapped around Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler) for protection and her head leaning on Lauren Cohen (Maggie Greene) for support. A sign of her internal dissatisfaction that she is no longer a part of the show? Or a deeper, more primal desire to close herself off from Kinney? Observe how Kinney has positioned herself to the side of the core group, and has a concentrated stare at the camera as if she were avoiding the distractions from the obvious closeness of the other three cast mates. Little Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie Samuels) stands between everyone, smiling cheerfully and acting as a bridge to keep an open link between all of the women.

So what does any of this have to do with Norman Reedus?

While there are no official confirmations that Reedus ever dated Kinney or Holden, there are numerous photos of him hugging, kissing, licking (it’s a Reedus thing) and showering these two actresses with intense affection at various points in the past 4 seasons of The Walking Dead. Reedus is famous for his bromance with costars Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yuen – why wouldn’t he focus on his female costars just as passionately?

Sure – he has also been pictured hugging and licking Sarah Wayne Callies (Rick’s wife Lori) as well as Melissa McBride (Carol) – but this is different. Perhaps all those hours that Kinney spent filming with Reedus for Season 4 have caused friction among some of the cast? Did Reedus get too close to Kinney, something that has been noticed and frowned upon by Reedus’ former close friend and cast mate Holden? Hmmmm….

John Suler, author of Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche, states that any group photo has clusters and loners. “Clusters: Every group of three or more people tends to have subgroups – i.e., people who feel more bonded to each other than to the other people in the group. In a photo you can often see the subgroups as clusters of people who are physically closer to, orienting towards, or touching each other. Sometimes you’ll see people positioned between clusters, as if they belong to and provide a link between those subgroups. Loners: People who feel less attached to the group, or have been overlooked, ignored, or ostracized by the group members, tend to stand off to side, lean out, or look away from the group.”

Zombies may be dangerous, but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

See the attached slideshow for more evidence. What do you think - is there a cat fight going on behind the scenes of The Walking Dead?

Are Emily Kinney and Laurie Holden fighting over Norman Reedus?
Are Emily Kinney and Laurie Holden fighting over Norman Reedus? aTVfest

Are Emily Kinney and Laurie Holden fighting over Norman Reedus?

Could there really be a feud going on between Emily Kinney and Laurie Holden from AMC's The Walking Dead? Is Norman Reedus the source of the problem?

Laurie Holden
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Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden starred as Andrea in Seasons 1-3 of AMC's The Walking Dead. Are the I Love Reedus sunglasses just for fun, or is there a deeper meaning behind her eyewear?

Snuggling with Reedus
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Snuggling with Reedus

During a certain phase between Seasons 1 and 3 of The Walking Dead, Laurie Holden could not seem to keep her hands off of hunky costar Norman Reedus.

Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden
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Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden

More random snuggling between Reedus and Holden. They look awfully cozy posing in front of what appears to be the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. 

Laurie Holden and Norman Reedus relax together
Laurie Holden and Norman Reedus relax together pinterest

Laurie Holden and Norman Reedus relax together

Reedus and Holden like to take pictures together, and he often puts his arm possessively around her neck. They look very comfortable together. Just friends?

Reedus moves in for the kill
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Reedus moves in for the kill

What the heck is going on in this picture? Most people who are 'just friends' rarely make out on the red carpet in front of a whole bunch of reporters and cameras. 

A Reedus/Holden collage
A Reedus/Holden collage pinterest

A Reedus/Holden collage

There are so many photos of Reedus and Holden cavorting together in a variety of poses that fans on Pinterest have begun making photo collages to commemorate their 'friendship'.

Daryl and Beth
Daryl and Beth AMC The Walking Dead

Daryl and Beth

In Season 4, Beth Greene's character stepped up to the Daryl Dixon plate. In the beginning of the season there was not a lot of evidence that these two actors were getting close onset as well as off, but they had a few good scenes together.

Daryl Dixon and the farmer's daughter
Daryl Dixon and the farmer's daughter AMC The Walking Dead

Daryl Dixon and the farmer's daughter

In episode 4.1 "30 Days Without an Accident" Daryl Dixon has to tell Beth Greene that her boyfriend is dead. She has grown callous to bad news, and shrugs off the death. Later in the season, the two characters will grow close as they survive together after the prison is destroyed.

Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney
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Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney

At the Season 4 Red Carpet launch of The Walking Dead, fans noticed the obvious closeness between Reedus and Kinney. Was this just two actors celebrating opening season, or a new crush on the set?

Reedus snuggles Kinney
Reedus snuggles Kinney AMC The Walking Dead

Reedus snuggles Kinney

Looks as if these two 'friends' are sharing a long moment of deep eye gazing and private smiles. They are both leaning towards each other, even if Kinney is holding back a little. Playing hard to get?

 

Reedus and Kinney in the trunk of the car
Reedus and Kinney in the trunk of the car @wwwbigbaldhead

Reedus and Kinney in the trunk of the car

Sent from the popular Reedus @wwwbigbaldhead twitter page, this is a picture of Beth and Daryl hiding in the trunk of the car in episode 4.10. The actors stated that it took hours to shoot the scenes in the trunk, and they spent their quality time together texting and surfing the net.

Sexy Reedus strikes again
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Sexy Reedus strikes again

This photo was taken at the same event where Reedus was kissing Laurie Holden on the red carpet. Either Reedus was feeling especially frisky that night, or else he was trying to demonstrate affection for two different women at the same event.

Nothing bad could possibly have come from that, could it?

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