The Walking Dead: Is Daryl Dixon Gay? Robert Kirkman Comments On Daryl’s Sexuality 44

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Daryl Dixon Sexuality

During the course of four seasons of The Walking Dead on AMC, there has been much fan discussion and speculation over who Daryl Dixon might eventually make a romantic connection with on the show. Daryl has formed close friendships with both Carol and Beth, but he has yet to hook up with either of them romantically.

One question that has often been posed in fan speculation has been whether Daryl might possibly be gay, and the question was put to Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman in the letter column to The Walking Dead #130. In the comic series, Jesus is a tough character and all around badass, who also just happens to be gay. A fan letter pointed out that a parallel could be drawn to Daryl in the TV series, as Daryl is also a badass whose sexual orientation is still somewhat of a mystery.

When asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered, Kirkman answered, “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.”

When also asked if AMC would let the possibility of Daryl Dixon being gay fly, Kirkman responded, “For the record, they absolutely would.”

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9 PM ET on AMC.

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  1. JRyan

    It wouldn't matter to me, even as a girl who has drooled over Mr. Dixon. He is a beautifully crafted character, sexual orientation aside. As long as Daryl keeps being Daryl, it doesn't matter who they pair him with, if anyone at all.

  2. Lea

    As I'm another girl fan, I'd still love him and his character regardless. It would be a shocker but I'm thinking if this rumor is going around and getting back to Kirkman and him commenting that it more than likely won't. Our Daryl is our Daryl and it's what's on the inside that counts, oh and those skills on the crossbow. Add to that, he's badass period.

  3. HartThorn

    It could actually be an interesting story. Given what we know of his life before the series, not sure how comfortable he would have been about it, which would explain why it simply never came up.

  4. I'd love to see Daryl find love in the arms of a man. He's a really caring person and he deserves to be loved. Besides, how hot would those love scenes be? Yum!

  5. chris

    who cares

  6. No way!  That's so nasty!! I would rather see Daryl get killed off than see him turn out to be Gay!!!  What a HUGE disappointment that would be!!  And if that offends someone,  oh well.  Suck it up!  LOL  :)

  7. Since there is always a token black, make him/her gay. LOL and Yes every show seems to make sure to add the gay agenda to it nowadays. God forbid an all straight show anymore. Even if we had a wholesome family unit show, the male would be reduced to a little worm whose controlled by the wife and belittled daily. We Cant have strong males anymore, we need to teach our young men to bow down and coward. Either to a women or to kneel to another man. Its just the way things are today.

  8. Since there is always a token black, make him/her gay. LOL and Yes every show seems to make sure to add the gay agenda to it nowadays. God forbid an all straight show anymore. Even if we had a wholesome family unit show, the male would be reduced to a little worm whose controlled by the wife and belittled daily. We Cant have strong males anymore, we need to teach our young men to bow down and coward. Either to a women or to kneel to another man. Its just the way things are today.

  9. Since there is always a token black, make him/her gay. LOL and Yes every show seems to make sure to add the gay agenda to it nowadays. God forbid an all straight show anymore. Even if we had a wholesome family unit show, the male would be reduced to a little worm whose controlled by the wife and belittled daily. We Cant have strong males anymore, we need to teach our young men to bow down and coward. Either to a women or to kneel to another man. Its just the way things are today.

  10. But AMC will be OK. They will lose some folks viewing this show but they will pick up some advertisers, expect some fruit friendly ads during the commercial break. Fruit roll ups, tampon ads, mabe HIV awareness campaigns and Depression medication commercials. HAHAHAHAHA And before you hate this think about it 1st. Gays have the highest infectious disease rates, highest depression rates, highest infidelity rates (Demonstrated by gay researchers look it up), highest drugs and alcoholism rates and highest rates of suicide. So I doubt its a choice for most since who would choose all that? Who would choose family to alienate, co-workers and acquaintances to ridicule, more health problems and loneliness, not to mention 100% of relations ending up with infidelity by year 5? Who would choose it? No rational person would so it aint a choice but I do wish it wasn't promoted when it "as a lifestyle" kills as many as guns do in the country every year. 11k die from guns, well 17,800 die from AIDS a year which 60% lives a homosexual lifestyle (thats 10,600 people!). One right (the right to bear arms) is shunned and demonized for "Our safety" and the other right (the right to love freely) is being promoted with no thought to safety or consequences. Talk about hypocrytical! hate me for post all you want but unless you can qualify what I sad and honestly dispute it with facts, deep inside you know it was an honest post. No where am I hating on gays, just wish it wasn't pushed to be normal when clearly its costing lives.

  11. This is HUGELY exciting news, especially to fans who have been reading the subtext that hints at Daryl being potentially queer or have been hoping for Daryl being queer since S1 or S2. The fact alone that AMC is supportive of it, and that the showrunners treat the possibility seriously, is monumental. The fact that it's been discussed seriously is huge and shows alone that the reading of Daryl as gay is a legitimate interpretation of the material. There are fans who have been hoping for this for a long time so I really, really have my fingers crossed that it happens!

  12. Lea said ... (original post)

    As I'm another girl fan, I'd still love him and his character regardless. It would be a shocker but I'm thinking if this rumor is going around and getting back to Kirkman and him commenting that it more than likely won't. Our Daryl is our Daryl and it's what's on the inside that counts, oh and those skills on the crossbow. Add to that, he's badass period.

    On the other hand though, it's not really a rumor- it's somebody asking about the validity of that reading of his character and being told yes, that's valid; the same way people have been asking about the validity of Daryl liking so and so female characters and getting responses for years. So I don't think it should be scrubbed off because it's being given a respectful response. It DESERVES a respectful response instead of being laughed off or ignored- it deserves to be treated the same way the possibility of him being straight is, which is all that is being done in his response. Kirkman is saying that it has been talked about as a serious story possibility and he won't comment on it any further than that; that's more hope for a yes than cause to think it's a no. He's saying that there's no reason to think he isn't, which is absolutely true. I've got my fingers crossed- a reveal of Daryl's sexuality and the fact that he's been in love with Rick since the end of S2 would be absolutely perfect.

  13. TiredOfApathy said ... (original post)

    But AMC will be OK. They will lose some folks viewing this show but they will pick up some advertisers, expect some fruit friendly ads during the commercial break. Fruit roll ups, tampon ads, mabe HIV awareness campaigns and Depression medication commercials. HAHAHAHAHA And before you hate this think about it 1st. Gays have the highest infectious disease rates, highest depression rates, highest infidelity rates (Demonstrated by gay researchers look it up), highest drugs and alcoholism rates and highest rates of suicide. So I doubt its a choice for most since who would choose all that? Who would choose family to alienate, co-workers and acquaintances to ridicule, more health problems and loneliness, not to mention 100% of relations ending up with infidelity by year 5? Who would choose it? No rational person would so it aint a choice but I do wish it wasn't promoted when it "as a lifestyle" kills as many as guns do in the country every year. 11k die from guns, well 17,800 die from AIDS a year which 60% lives a homosexual lifestyle (thats 10,600 people!). One right (the right to bear arms) is shunned and demonized for "Our safety" and the other right (the right to love freely) is being promoted with no thought to safety or consequences. Talk about hypocrytical! hate me for post all you want but unless you can qualify what I sad and honestly dispute it with facts, deep inside you know it was an honest post. No where am I hating on gays, just wish it wasn't pushed to be normal when clearly its costing lives.

    dude..... you're "not hating on gays" but you're also saying that it's "not normal" and that the right to own guns is comparable to being able to love somebody without fearing being beaten to death in the streets... and that if you're gay you're not a strong man... right. Not hating. Got it. Side-eyeing you hard bro.

  14. McGregor

    Noooo

  15. McGregor

    TiredOfApathy said ... (original post)

    Since there is always a token black, make him/her gay. LOL and Yes every show seems to make sure to add the gay agenda to it nowadays. God forbid an all straight show anymore. Even if we had a wholesome family unit show, the male would be reduced to a little worm whose controlled by the wife and belittled daily. We Cant have strong males anymore, we need to teach our young men to bow down and coward. Either to a women or to kneel to another man. Its just the way things are today.

    Are you ok in the head? Really?

  16. MickeyMZP

    I for one am tired of a demographic that makes up less that 3% of the American population getting shoved down society's throat. I for one would stop watching  the show. I don't care who that offends.

  17. MickeyMZP

    I for one am tired of a demographic that makes up less that 3% of the American population getting shoved down society's throat. I would stop watching  the show. I don't care who that offends.

  18. I think this was addressed in depth here http://wp.me/p4Vr6N-5b ,Is Daryl Dixon Gay, Going To Die, OR In Love With Beth?

    There just seems to be too many rumours surrounding their main character right before season 5. Looks like a media buzz blitz to me.

  19. Sharon

    I think it would actually be a really interesting story. Considering Daryl's background, it seems unlikely that he ever felt able to explore that part of himself. Daryl will always be Daryl, whether he is gay or not, and that's what is important. I'm sure there would be a flood of nasty anti-gay sentiment, but whatever. Those people should, as a previous commenter spitting his anti gay sentiments suggested, just suck it up.

    But let's be real here. This is the Walking Dead. It doesn't really matter if Daryl is gay or not. Anyone he eventually gets together with, should it happen, male or female, will not be long for this world. No one gets to be happy on The Walking Dead for long.

  20. Heydude

    Right. I'm tired of this stuff, it's shoved in your face everywhere you go- and god forbid you slightly disagree with it.

  21. Aww, it's so cute to see right wing trash QQ in these comments. Keep on being bigots guys so we can keep on dismissing your IQ.

  22. Ivanna

    I'm sorry, I've been a huge fan since the very 1st episode.  I have been hosting a walking dead night party almost every episode.  I love the show, there have been a few things I didn't care for but I continued to love the show;  However, if they make Darryl gay I will STOP watching and hosting! I have spoken to 5 others that come over and they have agreed. That would be the dumbest thing the show could do!! 

  23. I usually wouldn't care if a character is gay or not, but in this case, I am very upset if the character is taken in that direction.  Making this character gay, is a cop-out.  The ground has already been laid for him to be like he is because he had an abusvie childhood.  Why not follow that story line and bring mental health issues to the for front.  There are a lot of mental health issues that are caused by abuse.  The sigma of being gay is not what it used to be.  The sigma of mental illness is alive and well.

  24. Ok, before I get slammed for being "anti-gay" let me just say this: I am not against homosexuals. I think they have the right to choose a same sex partner and show them off in public if they choose and they should have the right to get married. Ok, now that I've said that I'll say this: That just wouldn't fit right to have him be gay. It would also cause a major sweep over the fanbase, and not a good one in all likelihood. At some point it would be nice to see him be able to connect someone on a romantic level but I think that right now he has more important things to worry about than romance. He is still getting used to having emotions of any kind and the one time it might have turned into something, he had it ripped right out of his grasp. He is still a long way from establishing that kind of connection with anyone, and while he has never shown any interest in any female characters, he hasn't shown any interest in any male characters either. Just because he quickly befriended a few doesn't mean he was ready to jump out of his pants for heaven's sake! Guys bond easier with other guys, it's just that simple. Daryl could be gay, but until I see him make a move, I'm not buying it. Good Lord, someone wanted to kick the hornet's nest and they are a buzzin'!

  25. I agree. Not that I would stop watching, but I think that it would be a direction not a lot of people would want to see him go and if they did that, people may not be as interested in his character.