12:48pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Could 'Walking Dead's' Daryl be Gay?
Could The Walking Dead's lovelorn Daryl Dixon be gay?
In four seasons of AMC's zombie drama, the lovable loner-turned-leader's sexuality has yet to be been addressed — and comic creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman says that very subject has come up before.
"All I can say is that it's been discussed," Kirkman said in the Letters to the Editor section of issue no. 130 of The Walking Dead when he was asked if Norman Reedus' alter ego could be gay. "We have very specific ideas about Daryl's sexuality [or the seeming lack thereof], and if there's ever a quiet period in the show where he's not consistently distracted by crossbowing … we'll tackle it in the show."
It's an interesting point that comes after Daryl — whose character doesn't exist in the comics — has forged friendly relationships with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Beth (Emily Kinney). Neither have evolved into romantic relationships, though both have been widely questioned if either could turn into something more.
"I can't tell you if there's going to be a romantic thing; we're not allowed to talk about that stuff. But never say never! She's a cute girl in the zombie apocalypse, and Daryl could do much worse," Reedus told The Hollywood Reporter in March.
Reedus told THR at Comic-Con in July that Daryl continues to see what he wants taken away from him. "It's one of those shows where you think, 'This would be so nice!' and then someone takes it from you," he said. "It happens so many times with Daryl that there are parts of him that are losing hope and other parts of him that are finding hope. It's a constant, moving journey."
The Walking Dead returns Oct. 12 on AMC. Check out the season-four alternate ending, the season-five trailer and THR's take on whether that's comics baddie Negan taking a swing at Bob in the clip. And in case you missed it, watch Gimple challenge a fan at show trivia in THR's Superfan vs. Showrunner.