Is Daryl From ‘The Walking Dead’ Gay? Robert Kirkman Says Maybe

By August 16, 2014

I’m not entirely sure why, but the question of “The Walking Dead” character Daryl Dixon’s sexual preference has come to the surface and creator Robert Kirkman has some (wisely) vague things to say about it.

Creator Robert Kirkman said that not only has it been brought up before and in Letters to the Editor section of issue no. 130 of The Walking Dead graphic novel. “All I can say is that it’s been discussed,” he says, and “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 an interview with THR back in March, actor Norman Reedus himself had some thoughts about Daryl and Beth’s (played by Emily Kinney) friendship and whether or not it’ll develop into something more. “I can’t tell you if there’s going to be a romantic thing; we’re not allowed to talk about that stuff. But never say never! She’s a cute girl in the zombie apocalypse, and Daryl could do much worse.”

Daryl Dixon

And at this year’s Comic-Con, Reedus said of Daryl’s possible fear of intimacy stemming from the fact seemingly anyone or anything he likes could be (and has, in the case of brother Merle) ripped away from him without notice: “It’s one of those shows where you think, ‘This would be so nice!’ and then someone takes it from you. It happens so many times with Daryl that there are parts of him that are losing hope and other parts of him that are finding hope. It’s a constant, moving journey.”

I’m not sure where I lean here, but I did notice there was no real openly gay character on the show and as Daryl isn’t part of the graphic novels and was created for the show, it could be an interesting twist. I think it would be AWESOME if there were a gay character on the show, but given Daryl’s background, I just don’t think it’s him – but if it IS him, I have every confidence in the world that Reedus would give an honest performance; hell, he’d absolutely CRUSH it.

We may not find out next season (which premieres on October 12th) if Daryl is gay or no, but I’m pretty sure that whatever the writers have up their sleeves will keep you on the edge of your seat nonetheless.

Just out of curiosity, what do YOU make of all this? Is Daryl gay or just super afraid to get attached to anyone? Check out the full “Walking Dead” panel from this year’s Comic-Con here, and watch the trailer for the new season below:

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  • Lil Dragon

    I like the idea that he is gay. It would add an interesting side to his character based on the family he was raised in.

  • Jenx Byron

    Tara is openly gay, or don’t lesbians count? (I’m bi, I know I don’t, but I bet I’d get luckier in case of the ZA.)