But that doesn't mean we'll get answers to this summer's hottest question: Is Daryl Dixon gay? The topic came up when Robert Kirkman discussed it in a Walking Dead comic book letters column. Then showrunner and executive producer Scott Gimple talked about it—albeit vaguely. Norman Reedus isn't shying away from the discussion.
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Norman Mark Reedus   born January 6,   is an American actor, voice actor, television host, and model. Reedus' paternal grandmother was of Italian descent, while his grandfather had British English , and Scottish , and Irish ancestry. He worked at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California , and contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist. Reedus starred in Hello Herman , which opened nationwide and on-demand on June 7,
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Spoilers for Sunday's episode , "Find Me. Though Daryl and Leah's first time being intimate takes place off-screen — the encounter is implied and left to the imagination, possibly due to health and safety protocols from filming during the era of COVID — it marks the first-ever romantic storyline for Reedus' character. In the letters column of his comic book, where Daryl doesn't exist, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman once wrote the television show has "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. Kirkman also revealed the AMC Network "absolutely would" have accepted a decision to reveal Daryl is gay. After the live-action series killed off Beth Emily Kinney , a character some thought might be Daryl's first romantic interest, Kirkman said during an appearance on Talking Dead in that Daryl is "being somewhat asexual on the show.
The character was created for the television series by writers Frank Darabont , Charles H. Eglee and Jack LoGiudice specifically for Norman Reedus , and does not have a counterpart in the comics on which the series is based. The character was introduced in the first season as a southerner, expert tracker , living in the shadow of his older brother, Merle.