This October, we’re heading into The Walking Dead’s fifth season, and though he’s had opportunities to get a little something going, Daryl Dixon remains alone. And isn’t that how we like him? The writers have toyed with our emotions from time to time, pairing Daryl as close friend to both Carol and Beth — but there’s never been any real magic between the younger Dixon brother and a female character. In fact, it seems like most fans didn’t want him with Beth or Carol. Some of us saw a little magic when Daryl’s been around Michonne, but after last season, she and Rick seem more suited. Norman Reedus has spoken about how he doesn’t want to rush Daryl into anything, saying “The thing about that is, I really want to play him sort of- he’s not the type of guy that’s gonna like, throw you up against the tree in the moonlight. I want him to be awkward as possible, so um, I mean, once that happens, it happens. You can’t go backwards. So, I really want the characters to earn that.”
The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman also doesn’t seem in any hurry to explore Daryl’s love life. (Let’s face it, do these people really have time for much more than a quickie, anyway?) Some have speculated that Daryl might be gay, and when asked about the rumors in the comic letter column, Kirkman didn’t shy away (Warning — There is a comic spoiler in the question):
Question: “Absolutely nothing has given any indication that Daryl is straight and the relationship between him and Carol makes it seem even more likely that he is not only gay but that Carol is probably the only person he has confided in so far, and I feel like little hints have been dropped about it as well along the way but maybe not. I thought of this a long time ago but now I am pretty certain of it after the most bad ass character in the comic book turned out to be gay. I feel like if you had your way that Daryl would turn out to be gay since it’s true to the comic book and makes total sense for his character. So the real question is, would AMC let that fly?”
Kirkman: “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.”
In answer to whether AMC would let Daryl’s gay flag fly, Kirkman said, “For the record, they absolutely would.”
As a fan who’s wished Daryl had someone to be close to, I could give a hoot whether that person is male, female or Groot. He’s just such a fantastic, nuanced character — and Reedus puts so much thought into playing Daryl — I’d love to see him have the opportunity to really be himself with someone. To this day, “Chupacabra” is one of my favorite episodes; I felt like we were seeing Daryl’s true self, and it only made me want to see more.
If you haven’t yet seen the Season 5 trailer, here it is again; The Walking Dead returns October 12th.