HUGE: Norman Reedus Officially Confirms Daryl Dixon’s Sexuality For Once And For All…


Rumors Off Camera For The Walking Dead

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There was once a rumor that Daryl Dixon might be gay and that he and Jesus may get together on The Walking Dead. Greg Nicotero quickly shot this down in a panel to discuss the future of the series.

Norman Reedus has confirmed that Frank Darabont, who originally produced The Walking Dead before legal battles arose, told Reedus Daryl Dixon would be a homosexual. Reedus now says Darabont denies ever saying this fact.

The actor spoke with Mirror about the original declaration.

Norman Reedus Discusses Darabont’s Idea

Frank Darabont | Photo Credit Den of Geek

“There was a time on the show where Frank [Darabont]was going to have me be gay, but he won’t admit it. If he admits it’s like he’ll kill you,” said Reedus. “He referred to it as “prison gay,” and I didn’t know what that meant.”

According to Reedus, Frank Darabont said this on the way to an Oscar party for The Fighter back in 2010. Reedus was immediately on board as he thought it would bring more to his character. So far, Daryl Dixon seems asexual.

Reedus said Darabont brought it up as a question.

Robert Kirkman Said Daryl Straight

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“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 about their conversation. “It never happened obviously, but I’m not against it and if it happened I would be down for it.”

Robert Kirkman also shot down the gay rumors for Daryl, so perhaps this was only a thought in passing for Frank Darabont. Kirkman also referred to Daryl as “asexual” as he’s mainly a character trying to figure out himself in this new world.

There’s also some online chatter about the issue where Kirkman once said that he and AMC would be fine if Daryl were gay, but he’s actually straight so they decided not to go that way with the character.

Currently, however, there doesn’t seem to be any love in Daryl’s near future.

How do you think this would change Daryl Dixon’s character on the show?

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  • David Luna

    I would love daryl to be gay it seemed he had feelings for aaron but he’s taken

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  • Helena Starick

    I think that it would be incredible for later on when enough time has passed that Daryl and Maggie form a romantic relationship I feel that Daryl will feel a sense of protection over Maggie and that will form into more of a romantic relationship

  • Slam Dunk

    Why does everything have to involve sex and especially gay sex? Can’t we just have a great show without all the sex? Keep Daryl the way he is! A love story like Glenn and Maggie had, is good, but cut out all the sex scenes! No reason for it! Leave something to the imagination, after all that is what TV/Entertainment is supposed to do…work your imagination!!!

  • Rebecca

    Nooo! If we can’t get Caryl going, just leave him the way he is! Please don’t make this show about sexuality, it’s great the way it is. You got your “gay” couple in Aaron and Eric, making DARYL gay would be devastating. No please, just NO. #twd #bestshowever

  • Sheila Rodden

    An article to me is hearsay, the writer’s twist on things. I just watched a video interview of Reedus and JDM where Reedus addresses this in person in HIS OWN WORDS. He said that the gay idea was said as a joke and that the press ran away with it. It was never SERIOUSLY said and that Daryl is not gay.
    In this same video he also said, “As for romance, he already has a relationship with Carol.” Those are his exact words.
    By saying this Reedus confirmed that Daryl is NOT asexual and that he IS in love with Carol.

  • Daryl lover

    Daryl isn’t dating Carol everyone needs to get over that. He sees her like a mother figure that’s why they said there is no love for Daryl at all. And Daryl being gay would be cool it would be a shocker to everyone lol but whatever he’s better off alone I guess

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