Mock RedEye cover for Norman Reedus

This mock RedEye cover was made as the trophy for Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) winning RedEye's 2011 Best TV Character Tournament. (RedEye / July 19, 2012)

Norman Reedus took a few minutes out of his busy schedule at San Diego Comic Con July 13 to accept his award for winning RedEye's 2011 Best TV Character Tournament.

Actually Daryl Dixon, Reedus' character in AMC's "The Walking Dead," was voted "best" by RedEye and Show Patrol readers last winter over finalist Danny Pudi's "Community" character, Abed Nadir, and the 30 others contestants. (Click here to see the trophy, a mock RedEye cover.)

"Thank you fans for voting for me; it is quite the honor," Reedus said as I presented him with a mock RedEye cover showing Daryl. "There's a lot of cool Daryl coming this season, so hopefully I'll win again. I want to win again!" (If you don't see the video above, click here to watch.)

Daryl and his crossbow will be back when Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" premieres Oct. 14 on AMC, as will fan favorite characters from the graphic novels including The Governor (played by David Morrissey) and katana wielding Michonne (played by Danai Gurira), and Daryl's brother Merle (Michael Rooker), who was left on a roof to be eaten by zombies in the first season but saved himself by chopping off his own hand.

"I'm sure he's thinking about being left on the roof," exec producer Gale Anne Hurd told us in the press room. "He's not going to be happy with the people who left him on the roof."

"He's in there stirring everything up, so that will be fun," added show runner Glen Mazzara, who said that Daryl's been doing better without Merle around.

Reedus, who was leery of giving too many spoilers in front of his bosses, is looking forward to Merle's return.

"It's gonna be interesting. Of course he wants his brother to come back; it's his brother. His brother is not well liked, at all. It's like bringing your drunk uncle to a Christmas party. But it's his kin, so I'm sure he wants him back," he said in the press room, adding with a chuckle. "He's going to mess up my good thing I got going here."

Reedus went on to explain how Daryl has become his own man without Merle in the picture. "He's usually under the thumb of his big brother. [But] he's been gone so now [Daryl] has been sort of growing up in these emotional ways and finding worth in himself through these people. I'm sure he doesn't want that taken from him."

As for Daryl's relationship with The Governor, a man who had become the leader of a town of survivors called Woodbury, Reedus really didn't want to spoil much.

"Daryl doesn't really trust anybody. It took him awhile to fit in with the group and now he really trusts this group. He trusts Rick's decisions and he makes some decisions on his own," he said. "Now he's more in the group and he works with others better and he would do anything for these people. That's about as far as I can go with that."

I don't know if this is a hint about what Daryl thinks of the Governor, but later in the chat, Reedus mentioned that Daryl's group was living in a "Ricktatorship," referring to Andrew Lincoln's character Rick Grimes, who has been leading their group and with whom Daryl has bonded. And in the panel, Lincoln mentioned that Rick and Daryl have a bit of a bromine this season, so maybe Daryl won't be buddying up with the Gov.

I'll have more later from the press room and the panel, which included Reedus, Lincoln, Gurira, Morrissey, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan, as well as producers Mazzara, Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero.

Below is the Season 3 teaser shown at the panel.