The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman Says Daryl Dixon is Straight

by Russ Burlingame

After about a year of evasive and/or joking comments about Daryl Dixon's relationships and sexual orientation, The Walking Dead creator confirmed tonight on Talking Dead that Norman Reedus' character on the hit AMC zombie drama is, in fact, heterosexual.

"We play Daryl Dixon as being somewhat asexual on the show. He's a very introverted character and I think that's some of his appeal," Kirkman said. "I do have to clear something up, though: in the letter column of the comic book that I do, I mentioned that there was a possibility early on about making Daryl Dixon's character gay. It caused quite a hubbub online and I just wanted to clarify that the possibility is there and that I would have been fine with it, the network would have been fine with it, but we ultimately didn't do that. I can make it official: Daryl Dixon is straight."

He added that in the second half of the season, the show will be debuting a "very prominent gay character from the comics," likely Paul "Jesus" Monroe or Aaron.

Of course, with the death of Beth and the revelation that he's definitely straight, expect a solid wall of Daryl/Carol shippers making some noise online tonight...!

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.