Even after the final curtain has drawn on The Walking Dead, don't count Merle and Daryl Dixon completely out, says actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on the hit series.
When questioned on Twitter about the possibility of a spinoff prequel featuring the two characters played by Reedus and Michael Rooker, he was enthusiastic:
that sounds super fun https://t.co/RU8SLgIBve— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) August 20, 2015
This is hardly the first time anybody's raised the possibility.
Besides being the stars of a spinoff video game which is theoretically canon to the TV show, the pair have been a frequent source of spinoff or flashback talk for almost as long as the show has been on the air.
Norman Reedus once joked to Access Hollywood about the possibility of a Daryl Dixon spinoff show.
Reedus said, “We were talking about having a spinoff and it’s Daryl and Carol living in Central Park, and all the squirrels are going missing so Bloomberg’s putting out announcements that the squirrels are disappearing and we have sort of a [distillery] and tourist come by… and we try to charge them money. We have theme song that goes, ‘Carol is sterile and Daryl is feral/a match made in hell.’ So you never know, maybe that will happen.”
While the show never materialized, that little jingle has made the rounds of convention floors ever since.
At Fan Expo Vancouver in 2013, Michael Rooker, who played Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, was asked about the possibility of a spinoff comic series starring brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon.
Of course, the Dixon brothers are not currently part of the ongoing Walking Dead comic series, as their characters were unique to the TV show.
Michael Rooker responded, "If me and Norman had any more scenes than we already had in that series, it would already be the Merle and Daryl show." After the audience shouted out in approval, Rooker continued, "Robert Kirkman has a lot of things on his plate, and I don't know if that thought has ever crossed his mind, but he's a busy camper, and I haven't talked to him about it."
The Walking Dead returns October 11 on AMC. With rumors that Rooker was spotted on set recently, some fans are even expecting some Dixon Brothers flashback material this year.
Until then, there are new episode of Fear The Walking Dead airing every Sunday -- with yesterday's pilot episode breaking the record as the most-watched cable TV premiere of all time.