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New gay character in AMC's 'The Walking Dead' to be Daryl's boyfriend?

Scott Gimple gives new insight
Scott Gimple gives new insight
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Earlier this month "The Walking Dead" creator stirred up the internet rumor mill by featuring a controversial fan letter in issue #130 of the comic. A fan asked Kirkman if the television exclusive character Daryl Dixon was gay. While Kirkman didn't confirm or deny the sexuality of Walking Dead's resident bad-boy, he did say they have very specific plans for a storyline when the time was right.

We are a little over a month away from "The Walking Dead" season five premiere and showrunner Scott Gimple just gave fans a bit more insight to this ongoing development. In an interview with TV Line, Gimple had this to say regarding Daryl's sexual orientation:

We know all sorts of things about the characters that we haven't revealed. [But] we're not holding back information on Daryl's sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there's still a question as to what Daryl's orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl's character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways. We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That's been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he's still on that journey. This is a character who is going to continue to grow closer to the other characters, [and] let his guard down, and let them see just who he is, in every way

Gimple also confirms the introduction of a gay character to the cast in the upcoming future of the show. Could this new character possibly help Daryl out of the closet if he really was gay?

It's fathomable to analyze Daryl's complicated childhood with the information that we do know from previous seasons. He grew up in the south with an abusive father and a racist brother. The environment he was raised in molded him into the shielded man he is in the television series. He had to be a specific mold of a southern man that was engraved into him by his upbringing. It could be very plausible that Daryl is gay and has had a difficult time accepting it all these years.

But now that the world has ended and conventional lifestyles are abolished, he is slowly realizing that he can be accepted by others for who he is. This new character could be very influential in the future development of Daryl Dixon.