Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has answered fan speculation about the sexuality of show character Daryl Dixon in an interview with ComicBook.com, saying fans shouldn’t rule out a same-sex love interest for Daryl.
Kirkman co-created the comic book series that AMC’s hit show is based on in 2003, and there have been several gay or lesbian characters in the comics.
The TV series briefly depicted a lesbian relationship between characters Alicia, played by actress Juliana Harkavy, and Tara Chambers, played by Alanna Masterson, but Alicia was killed off before the end of Season 4 of the show.
The Walking Dead comic books have a bad ass gay character named Jesus but male same-sex attraction is yet to be delved into in the TV adaptation.
Daryl, played by actor Norman Reedus, has had several close friendships with women on the show but no explicitly romantic connection yet and Kirkman told ComicBook.com that he had definitely talked with the show’s writers about what direction they might take the character in in terms of sexuality.
When asked about the possibility that Daryl is gay Kirkman said, ‘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 asked if that was something the show’s producers would allow, Kirkman replied, ‘For the record, they absolutely would.’
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in the United States on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9 PM ET on AMC.