THE WALKING DEAD Ex-Showrunner Wanted Daryl To Be "Prison Gay"

In a recent GQ interview, The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus said former showrunner Frank Darabont ("Shawshank Redemption") wanted to make Daryl Dixon "prison gay."

In August, The Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman said that there have been discussion about making 'Daryl Dixon' (Norman Reedus) gay in the popular AMC television series. Then the current showrunner Scott M. Gimple said Daryl's sexuality will not be dealt with in the upcoming season. That reveal will happen when the character gets close to someone(s) and feels as though he can let down his guard. According to Norman Reedus former showrunner Frank Darabont planned Daryl to be gay after season one.

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 [frick]?—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.

In the fourth season, we see Rick and the group of survivors fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison only to have it short-lived as the group loses everything, their home, family, and friends to the threat of the walkers, outside threats and the hidden dangers brewing inside the fences. The group of survivors are broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else's fate as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested - a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.

The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Iron E. Singleton, Madison Lintz, Danai Gurira, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Michael Rooker, Lauren Cohan, Vincent M. Ward, Chad L. Coleman, Brighton Sharbino, Kyla Kenedy and David Morrissey.
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