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'Walking Dead' Creator Suggests Daryl Dixon Might Be Gay

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Fans of AMC's The Walking Dead have long speculated that Daryl Dixon (played by actor Norman Reedus) might possibly be gay - especially with four seasons having come and gone without the volatile zombie hunter developing romantic attractions for any of the show's rotating female survivors.

The show's creator, Robert Kirkman, is well-aware of the speculation and decided to give viewers an answer after a recent fan letter asked him point blank about the widely-held theory, Comicbook.com reports:

When asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered, Kirkman answered, “All I can say is that it’s been discussed. 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.”

When also asked if AMC would let the possibility of Daryl Dixon being gay fly, Kirkman responded, “For the record, they absolutely would.

Walking Dead fans, what are your thoughts on Daryl's sexuality and do you support the showrunners' plan to possibly address the issue in the future?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 9 pm ET on AMC.

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  1. lol so yet another show runner is pandering to a desperate slash fanbase to try and make up for the fact that the show has zero actual gay characters. this is so transparent

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 14, 2014 2:55:27 PM


  2. Naw, a gay would totally have a better wig on his head. Even during the zombie apocalypse.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Aug 14, 2014 2:59:20 PM


  3. The comic series had several gay characters but I don't remember about this one

    If anything the tv series has straight washed the story

    Posted by: Factoid | Aug 14, 2014 3:01:55 PM


  4. yes

    Posted by: jaker | Aug 14, 2014 3:07:30 PM


  5. "if there is ever a moment when he isn't crossbowing". Sorry, that doesn't fly. Last season he spent a whole episode with Beth where they basically just talked and talked and talked. So, it can be done.

    And Rick, Lori, Shane, Andrea, Glenn, Maggie, Tyreese, Karen, the Governor, Tara, Alisha and probably others have had their sexuality/romantic feelings addressed in between fighting zombies and living threats. So, they could make it happen for Daryl if they wanted to.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 14, 2014 3:10:00 PM


  6. I volunteer to help him out with the gay stuff...

    Posted by: V-8 | Aug 14, 2014 3:19:19 PM


  7. Ummmm hell, why not? Daryl should meet a smoking hot dude to fall for! They could have a little romance for a few episodes! Maybe that's why D and his brother never really saw eye to eye!? He's gay!?

    Posted by: Chris D | Aug 14, 2014 3:25:25 PM


  8. I had never considered it, but I think it's cool that Kirkman is talking about this so openly, especially considering he's the most popular characters on one of the most watched cable dramas.

    Lighten up, y'all.

    Posted by: Mikey M | Aug 14, 2014 3:26:33 PM


  9. I mentioned this "possibly gay?" theory on the Walking Dead forum back in 2013 (in response to a thread created in 2012) and the pushback was disappointing.

    It ranged from he can't be gay because he's a redneck to "you want him to be gay because you are sexually attracted to him" bs.

    Mainly it was posters not realizing that their disgust, over the idea being brought, up is homophobic.

    http://www.walkingdeadforums.com/forum/f37/think-daryl-gay-4138-7.html

    Posted by: wonderdallas | Aug 14, 2014 3:32:22 PM


  10. I mentioned this "possibly gay?" theory on the Walking Dead forum back in 2013 (in response to a thread created in 2012) and the pushback was disappointing.

    It ranged from he can't be gay because he's a redneck to "you want him to be gay because you are sexually attracted to him" bs.

    Mainly it was posters not realizing that their disgust, over the idea being brought, up is homophobic.

    http://www.walkingdeadforums.com/forum/f37/think-daryl-gay-4138-7.html

    Posted by: wonderdallas | Aug 14, 2014 3:32:31 PM


  11. I would love to see an openly gay male character on the show. I thought maybe one of the Governor's men was in Woodbury (with glasses) but it was never addressed.

    The Governor's girlfriend Lilly had a sister, Tara, who is gay or bi and with Rick's group but it wasn't mentioned much last season.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Aug 14, 2014 3:35:07 PM


  12. They've already done the apparently obligatory lesbian hot girls relationship thing as a gift to the straight guy audience.

    Rather than risk turning the gays against the show and stating directly that they have no interest in showing gay men, they give us this lame excuse about being too busy crossbow shooting.

    Definite pandering.

    Posted by: bligh | Aug 14, 2014 3:37:37 PM


  13. "The comic series had several gay characters but I don't remember about this one"

    You don't remember it because the character, Daryl Dixon, is not in the comic. He is an original character created for the tv show.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 14, 2014 3:38:01 PM


  14. I thought he and Carol were a pair of sorts. It seems like a forced idea, I dunno.

    Posted by: antisaint | Aug 14, 2014 3:40:05 PM


  15. There was a lesbian relationship this past season, brought up in several episodes. One of the characters is still alive, and seems likely to be featured more in the upcoming season . . unless she is cannibalized in episode 1. I thought it was great how unremarkable and casual her "coming out" was.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 14, 2014 3:41:09 PM


  16. I just hope we get to see Aaron and Eric on the show at some point.

    Posted by: joeyhegele | Aug 14, 2014 3:53:31 PM


  17. I can definitely see Daryl getting involved in some man-man romance. Given his history and the relationship with his brother, maybe it would even be a first time, or a coming out to self moment. I'd love to see the show explore the challenges of a male-male relationship in the apocalyptic setting. Make it so!

    Posted by: Ken | Aug 14, 2014 4:37:14 PM


  18. The actual comic has had positively viewed gay characters in it. I love how he handles them. Like human beings. It never feels like a big deal. There have been times he thought it was obvious but he had to answer about it in letters. He appears to have a very modern view of gay characters.

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 14, 2014 4:46:31 PM


  19. I don't think it would be a good idea. You can't just introduce a change like that to the most popular character on the show after all this time when there was no prior indication that it was part of his character. It will rub people the wrong way, as they will feel that Daryl was changed in order to pander to us. At the very most, I would make him bi-curious.

    A more interesting way to go would be to make Carl gay. He has been a kid for the first 3 seasons and is just now becoming a man, so it wouldn't be a jarring change to have him be gay.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 14, 2014 4:47:53 PM


  20. JJ, how would it be a "change", when Daryl has not already expressed his heterosexuality? The character is a blank slate, since there was no precursor for him in the comic. It would be more a revelation than a change.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 14, 2014 5:11:55 PM


  21. I'm not buying it. This character is racist, and as we all know from reading Towleroad comments, gay people can't be racist.

    Posted by: jerriblank | Aug 14, 2014 5:16:13 PM


  22. Christ on a cracker, does everything have to come down to who's boinking what? Like being chased by zombies at every turn is a turn-on? Why can't it just be his freaking story without sex for once needing to come in to it. The reason I watch the show is NOT for the romantic trysts.

    That said I'd marry Michael Cudlitz in a heartbeat ;-)

    Posted by: twostepcub (@twostepcub) | Aug 14, 2014 5:18:43 PM


  23. Yeah, there would be A LOT of pushback if they were to make him gay. Not just from homophobes, but from the huge Carol/Daryl fan base and the few Beth/Daryl fans and maybe the Michonne\Daryl shippers, too. At this point, since there haven't been ANY clues (save for him not appearing drawn to ANYBODY) I think making him gay at this point would be wrong. It's a shame that it is that way, but fans have been invested in his character for too many years to make that sort of revelation out of the blue now. Not that there wouldn't be fans out there willing to embrace him, so to speak :-)

    Posted by: macguffin54 | Aug 14, 2014 5:21:47 PM


  24. JMC, I guess lesbians don't count in your world.

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 14, 2014 5:48:21 PM


  25. It's a shame if the show has to be constrained creatively by the limited intellects and imaginations of viewers, that is, those who accept Rick, Lori, Shane, Governor, Andrea, Glenn, and Maggie not only having a sexuality but "boinking" on the show, but will make a fuss if Daryl's character is developed the same way. Daryl has been a stoic and silent character for most of the time, so I don't think it would be such a change. And @TWOSTEPCUB, being gay is not a sex act. It is not boinking. It could be revealed Daryl is gay through back story, and he would never even have to unsettle viewers with a, gasp, sex act.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 14, 2014 6:01:04 PM


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