Daryl Dixon’s Character Was Originally Supposed To Be Racist, Like Merle


The Dixon Brothers Meant To Be Evil

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Daryl Dixon has changed some over the years. At first, he was a lot like his brother Merle, which likely came from where they grew up in the backwoods near Atlanta. This was obvious when he threw racial slurs at Glenn back in the first episodes.

It’s odd that Daryl has become such a loveable character, seeing as he wasn’t supposed to be liked in the beginning. The early scripts included a character who was racist and abused drugs whenever he got the chance.

Reedus fought those aspects of the character that resembled Merle Dixon.

Norman Reedus Describes Daryl Dixon

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“There were always scripts that had him taking drugs and being racist, like his brother was,” Reedus said. “I fought to change those because I felt he should be more of an Al-Anon member and not a full-blown Alcoholics Anonymous member.”

“He should have grown up with it, felt ashamed of it and wasn’t comfortable with who he was. That allows him to grow into somebody you respect. Now he talks to you like this [facing front], like he means everything he says. He’s super direct, super honest and you can count on him.”

“Now that group relies on him,” said Reedus.

Characters That Became Lovable 

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Lots of characters are meant to be one way but then they end up being another. On Breaking Bad, for example, Jesse Pinkman was supposed to be killed off early on but it was clear the fans liked him and he became a crucial character.

Likewise, on the comedy Parks and Recreation, Andy Dwyer, played by Chris Pratt, was supposed to be somewhat of a bad guy seeing as he a bad ex-boyfriend who was basically stalking his ex after she dumped him.

Here again, fans loved the character so much that he eventually became a staple in the show. This is just as true for Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead.

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