“Walking Dead” executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman said last summer that the idea of Dixon being gay “has been discussed,” and that AMC “absolutely would” allow that possibility, but Reedus said it never got past the point of discussion.
“There’s a character in the comic book named Jesus, who is gay and he’s badass. Somebody in a panel asked Robert [Kirkman], ‘Is that going to be Daryl’s story?’ And he said, ‘Well, we’ve talked about it,'” Reedus explained to TheWrap’s Greg Gilman. “The talk about it thing came from Frank Darabont at the end of Season 1. I was with him, and he said, ‘Let me throw something at you. What if Daryl were gay?'”
“I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,” Reedus said. “We didn’t ever do it, but it was talked about.”
Fans of the zombie drama know death is always looming over the characters trying to survive in the aftermath of the apocalypse, and even though Reedus plays a fan favorite, his character is no exception. Still, he’d rather watch Daryl walk off alone into the sunset than see his bloody demise
“I hope my character serves the story of the show. Nobody wants to go on the show, because it’s really fun,” Reedus said. “I think if they ever killed me on the show, I think I wouldn’t want to die. I’d just want to walk up a hill, and walk down a hill. And as I get to the top, a little puppy would come out of the woods and follow me up and over the hill.”
Watch Reedus talk about his character’s sexuality above, and his dream death scenario below, followed by him playing “Wrapid Fire,” in which he gives a much more graphic description of Daryl could die, and talks about mooning co-star Andrew Lincoln on set while filming.