Is ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Daryl Dixon Gay?


This has been a hotly debated issue since the doldrums of season 2 of ‘The Walking Dead.’ Way back when Glen proved to us that anyone could get laid during the zombie apocalypse, there was Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier. He was a redneck woodsman with a knack for survival and she was an abused housewife with a need for being saved all the time. They became good friends despite the fact that she was obviously  throwing herself at the man. That was while sheriff Rick Grimes was making another baby with his wife Lori and loose cannon Shane let blond cynic Andrea jump up and down on him in a midsize. There was sex to be had on that farm, boys and girls. Yet the asexual backwoods badass was getting and chasing none of it. Series creator Robert Kirkman might know why.

As many fans of the show already know, Daryl was made up for the television series and does not appear in the comic. It’s the biggest score the show ever had because he’s an amazing character. His fanbase is so huge that female viewers absolutely obsesses over the man. The survival expertise, the tattoos, the brooding attitude, the runway model physique – all feed into most women’s dreams of getting that bad boy into bed. But since he doesn’t really exist, it’s always gonna just be a dream. A wet dream possibly further from reality than those hungry ladies expected.

“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 relation to a parallel drawn by a commenter in the letter column of The Walking Dead #130, the character of Jesus is a homosexual and a killing machine. And you could say Daryl was created with him in mind. Kirkman added that if they were to start writing Daryl as a “friend of Dorothy,” that AMC would be completely cool with it. There’s just too much zombie killing to do right now before going there.

It’s not every day you see a force like Daryl in any media, including television. Women are absolutely gaga over this dude and tons of guys wish they could be him, sans living in a walker-world. I’m not a fan of this bit of character development because I’ve already shaped my conception of Daryl and my mind likes what it thinks. Would it change anything if Daryl were written as a gay character? Nah, not really. It would explain why he was so hesitant to get with Beth when she seemed like she was asking for it that one time. Sure, the show would benefit from an awesome gay character, and even attract new viewers, but if TWD wants to know what it’s like to lose a ton of female support, they should “make” Daryl gay.

Until this move goes into effect, I’m still shipping Beth/Daryl.

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Hell, I’m shipping Beth/ME! What do you guys think? Sound off below and let’s discuss it!

The Walking Dead returns for season 5 on Oct. 12 on AMC

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