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FINALLY… Norman Reedus Discusses “Daryl Being Gay” For The First Time Ever…

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-03-20

Is Daryl Dixon Actually Gay?

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

After Aaron and Jesus turned out to be gay, fans of The Walking Dead started to once again question Daryl’s sexuality. The bow-hunting redneck that fans adore never really seems to give romance a chance.

At one point, it looked like he was going to settle down with Beth. He certainly loved her and proved that by risking his life for her several times. Then, of course, there’s his ongoing relationship with Carol.

Despite these attempts, many fans continue to think Daryl Dixon is gay. 

Frank Darabont Said Daryl Could Be Gay

Frank Darabont | Photo Credit Den of Geek

Beyond fan speculation, the original AMC creator Frank Darabont also thought about making Daryl Dixon gay. Since his character didn’t come from the comic series, the creators had more wiggle room with the character.

“There was a tie on the show where Frank [Darabont] was going to have me be gay, but he won’t admit,” confirmed actor Norman Reedus. “He referred to it as prison gay, and I didn’t know what that meant.”

Frank Darabont told Reedus this at an event back in 2010.

Robert Kirkman Sets Daryl’s Sexuality Straight

Robert Kirkman | Photo Credit Cosmic

“We were there and he said, ‘What do you think if we made Daryl gay?’ and I was like, ‘Let’s do it,’ said Reedus, but it never happened… I’m not against it and if it happened, I would be down for it.”

The Shawshank Redemption writer is no longer a part of the show and since Darabont’s comments, Robert Kirkman has tried to set the record straight. Basically, Kirkman wasn’t against the idea, but in fact, Daryl’s not gay.

Robert Kirkman said that Daryl is more “asexual” and he’s really just trying to find his place in this new world. Daryl is more concerned with his abilities and he’s fighting the urge to be a loner in hopes to stay part of the group.

Do you think this would change Daryl Dixon’s story arc?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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