One of the big differences between The Walking Dead comic book and its TV show companion is the absence of a certain Daryl Dixon. The crossbow-wielding badass is a fan favorite on the show - his popularity resulted in the whole "If Daryl Dies, We Riot" threat - but has never made the crossover to the graphic page.
But that doesn't mean that comic book creator Robert Kirkman hasn't thought about the possibility of a Daryl crossover, although he's not so sure that it's a great idea:
I guess it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Daryl Dixon showed up in the comic. But I don’t know. I really like the separation. I like that when we sit down to write the show one of the first things we deal with is: ‘How does Daryl Dixon change this story?’ Because we always start from: ‘Ok, we like this part of the comic. How are we going to do it?'
I can help you there Mr Kirkman: Daryl Dixon changes the story by making it approximately 86% cooler. Still, I don't think Daryl showing up in the comics is going to happen anytime soon, as Kirkman himself admits:
But yeah, I don’t know. It would be cool if he was in the comic, but I don’t really have any plans on doing that. But I guess he would be the one if I was going to pull any character from the show into the comic, it would be him. Mostly just because I love Norman [Reedus]. Handsome dude.
I like that there's some separation between the TV show and the comic book source material as there are enough interesting characters in the comic - I'm looking at you Eugene and Negan - to keep me more than entertained. Plus, having Daryl solely on the TV show gives us all something extra special to look forward to on a Sunday night.
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