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With zombies gnawing on your face and murderous survivors locking you in boxcars, there's probably not a whole lot of time in the zombie apocalypse for dating. Despite this, there has been much speculation about the sexual orientation of Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead.

Back in August, the original [The Walking Dead](series:201193) comic-book creator Robert Kirkman explained there had been conversations about making Daryl gay in the television show. Ultimately, it was decided to leave his sexuality unclear, with current showrunner Scott M. Gimple stating it would only be dealt with once Daryl felt he could let his guard down - which considering his current situation probably won't be for a while...

However, in a new interview with GQ magazine, Norman Reedus went into a bit more detail about the deeper elements of Daryl Dixon. Indeed, apparently the former showrunner and Shawshank Redemption writer/director Frank Darabont originally wanted Daryl to be 'prison gay.' Check out extracts from the interview below:

GQ: I do like the extremity of him perhaps being a virgin.
NORMAN REEDUS: Yeah, totally. You know, a virgin is interesting. I remember Frank Darabont, after the first season we were at a party in LA, He said, 'I've got an idea for Daryl. He's gay. Would you be interested in that?' I was like, 'Let me hear you out.' He said, 'Well, he's prison gay—like, you'll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he'll just stab you and be like what the fuck?—he will never admit it.' I was like, 'That'll blow minds—let's do that.' And he said, 'I knew I hired you for a reason.'
GQ: And then they fired him.
NORMAN REEDUS: Had nothing to do with that. But I like playing all these different things. Daryl's not the type of guy who's gonna throw somebody up against a tree in the moonlight. I don't see him as having that kind of confidence. You could drop him off in the middle of the woods with a stick and he'll come back well fed and doing well, but I don't think in matters of the heart he's real secure.

Personally, I think this would be an incredibly interesting way to take the character - especially given Daryl's upbringing, his relationship with his brother and father and the persona he seems to emanate. It's certainly something I would have liked to see an auteur like Darabont handle.

Interest aside, the move of making one of the most popular characters on one of the most popular shows gay could also be a major step in the right direction when it comes to the representation of LGBT characters in the media, as this rather insightful article explains.

What do you think? Would you like to see Daryl's character move in this direction?


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