The Walking Dead is a show that is comfortable with featuring homosexual characters, as Tara, Aaron, and Eric have been shown in same-sex relationships and another character — Paul “Jesus” Rovia — will also soon be revealed as homosexual. Therefore, it’s really not all that surprising to hear Norman Reedus say that the show at one time toyed with the idea of making his character Daryl Dixon the show’s first gay character (that title would eventually go to Alanna Masterson’s Tara Chambler).
As Reedus tells the Mirror Online, it was original showrunner Frank Darabont that first told him his character would be revealed to be homosexual. “There was a time on the show where Frank was going to have me be gay, but he won’t admit it,” Reedus said. “If he admits it’s like he’ll kill you. He referred to it as ‘prison gay,’ and I didn’t know what that meant.”
Reedus notes that the conversation took place back in 2010 while he and Darabont where on the way to a party for the film The Fighter. “We were there and he said ‘what do you think if we made Daryl gay?’ and I was like ‘let’s do it, let’s do it!'” Reedus explained. “He was like ‘I knew I picked the right guy for this job!'”
Although nothing ever came out of the conversation, as Darabont departed the show not long after the conversation took place, Daryl’s sexuality has never been outright confirmed, as he’s never engaged in a sexual relationship with anyone, male or female. As such, Reedus admits that he’s still open to the idea if AMC decides to go in that direction.
“It never happened obviously, but I’m not against it and if it happened I would be down for it and I’d try to kick a** at it but I don’t know if that’s where we’re going with it,” he explained. “It hasn’t come up other than fans, and Tom [Payne] joking about it.”
Payne, who plays Jesus, recently told ComicBook.com that his character’s sexual orientation will soon be revealed on The Walking Dead. “Yeah, [he] will be,” Payne revealed. “I can’t tell you how that might be addressed in the show or how it would come across, but yeah. Essentially he is the same as he is in the comic books in that regard.”
Hey, if the show wants to pair Daryl up with Jesus, we wouldn’t be opposed! #DarylDixonIsGay