I kid you not whenever I watch The Walking Dead I often wonder to myself why haven't we encountered any gay characters on the show yet? For the past three seasons we have seen just about every different race represented on the show, so I wonder why don't we have someone on the show who can not only kick ass, but has a love for someone of the same gender, be it male or female?
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Norman Reedus, who plays badass redneck Daryl Dixon to talk about what can we expect from the highly-anticipated fourth season as well as why he hasn't slept with Carol yet?
The magazine had an exclusive chat with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), the show’s hot daddy-type, on their Facebook page this week, where they plugged the upcoming season by probing him about his three-season love draught. “I get hit with that question a lot,” he said. It’s safe to say the bromance between Daryl and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will never be more than platonic, but there may be an opportunity for another certain gay love to blossom.
Reedus says: “I think in Season 4, he and Steven [Yeun] — the Glenn character — I think they really, they have a lot of romantic time they spend together. Alone time. And I think, you know, it is a prison. I think that’s probably where his character’s going to go. Maggie? Who’s Maggie, you know what I mean? It’s Glenn and Daryl.”
Norman was clearly joking around, but it does bring some attention to an issue that needs to be talked about. I know that the film industry fears allowing gay action characters with some emotional depth, but TV is known to take far more risks when it comes to mixing action with character development, and changing the way viewers look at characters normally outlined in cliched ways.
If not this season how about introducing a gay character in season 5? There are actually gay characters in the books, but what TWD is doing at the moment is taking their time by introducing characters into the show and not just throwing people in because the fans want them to. If Daryl can become the most popular character on the show and he's not even in the comics, surely AMC can give the gays someone of their own to root for. So what I will do is wait it out to see what happens but if it takes them so long to introduce a new character then maybe people should wait until Talking Dead comes back and send their questions to Chris Hardwick whenever the comic book creator Robert Kirkman stops by as a guest.