The famous Walking Dead cast ‘bromances’ between Norman Reedus and his costars Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yeun just got a whole lot more complicated.
Daryl Dixon might be gay.
Comicbook.com was one of the first to break the news with the headline, ‘The Walking Dead: Is Daryl Dixon Gay? Robert Kirkman Comments On Daryl’s Sexuality, followed by an internet explosion of headlines, posts, and tweets as fans and other social media sources rushed to comment on the startling revelation made by the show's creator.
So many people are interested in this topic that a Google search reveals over 100 posts in the past two days regarding Daryl Dixon’s sexual preferences, and the comments sections are overflowing with discussions about the topic. Is Daryl gay? Will fans still support his fictional character on the fictional TV show, despite the alternate reality that the hottest sex symbol on television may have just switched teams?
Here are the 10 best reasons why Daryl Dixon should come out of the closet:
1. REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A BADASS
As BJ Coangelo stated in his heartfelt essay on Icons of Fright, “If Daryl Dixon is gay, that would mean a gay character is being represented to the masses where his sexuality does not define his character, his motives, his situations, or his relationships with those around him. To put in simply, his sexuality wouldn’t be the basis for who he is and the only thing that people are seeing about him. That’s HUGE.”
2. FINALLY STOP WITH THE TEAM CARYL/TEAM BETHYL CRAP
Norman Reedus will actually be able to participate in an interview without having to answer endless questions about Carol and Beth. Huzzah! We were sick of it, too, Norman.
3. MAGGIE WHO?
I think everybody can agree that Daryl Dixon and Glenn Rhee would make a lovely couple. Maggie better watch her back ‘cause homegirl might have more to worry about then the zombies in Season 5.
4. CURVEBALLS MAKE THE GAME INTERESTING AGAIN
Remember ‘Who Shot JR?’ or ‘Will Ross and Rachel Get Back Together?’ Writers and networks know that nothing spices up a show more than sex and suspense. Taking a cue from every soap opera ever written, The Walking Dead is willing to take a risk and re-invent a beloved character into something completely unexpected.
5. RICK NEEDS A NEW PROBLEM
Battling zombies and crazy warlords is exhausting. Rick needs something to distract him from all the gun fire and death that seems to follow him wherever he goes. What better way to relax than to snuggle up by the campfire with none other than…. Yep. You know where I’m going with this. Don’t pretend that you didn’t think the same thing.
6. I NEEDED TO RE-NAME MY PINTEREST BOARD, ANYWAY
For all those Daryl Dixon fans out there with Pinterest Boards with titles like ‘Daryl is a Living God’ and ‘Daryl Dixon Arm Porn’, it might be time to re-think how we’ll be pinning that character from now on.
7. BREAKING STEREOTYPES
Let’s see here… Daryl is an excellent hunter and tracker, a crossbow expert, brave, a good provider and a loyal friend… he’s what? Gay? Whatever. Doesn’t change a thing. I still want to be with him when the whole world falls apart. CLAIMED!
8. WHOOPSIE, RELIGIOUS FANATICS – LOOKS LIKE GAYS AND BLACK PEOPLE SURVIVE THE END OF THE WORLD, AFTER ALL
1. Call it the Resurrection, the Apocalypse, the Rapture, the Zombie Uprising, or whatever biblical terms strikes your fancy, but it sure does look like Robert Kirkland’s characters on The Walking Dead are a diverse bunch of survivors. Good to know.
9. MORE MAGAZINE COVERS FOR NORMAN REEDUS
He is so darn good-looking! Not only should his rugged face grace the covers of US Weekly and Time, but now the phone should start ringing from OUT and The Advocate!
10. RECOGNITION FOR REEDUS’ ACTING SKILLS
Are you listening, People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, The Emmy Awards, Nickelodeon, and Saturday Night Live? Give us more Reedus, or else we riot!