- “The Walking Dead” fans are a flutter over whether or not Daryl may end up with Connie or longtime friend Carol.
- It’s a question Norman Reedus told Insider he hears all the time at Paleyfest.
- So we asked him if he has ever read his character as asexual. Reedus said he has.
- “I’ve gotten a lot of fan mail thanking me for being asexual,” Reedus told Insider.
- Reedus didn’t confirm that Daryl is asexual on the show, telling another reporter on the red carpet as much when they attempted to ask more about Daryl’s sexuality.
- He told us if any sort of relationship is to be explored, that Daryl’s not the type of guy who’s going to have a one-night stand. Care has to be taken with the story.
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If you ask Norman Reedus whether or not Daryl will wind up with longtime friend Carol or new pal Connie on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” you’re likely to get the following response.
“Oh my God. The forever question,” Reedus playfully told Insider at Paleyfest in New York City earlier this month. “I think there’s certain things about both of them.”
“I think he likes them both for different reasons,” Reedus said of Daryl’s relationships on the show with Carol and Connie. “The whole ‘shipping’ thing, I don’t really know how to answer it. I’m not supposed to answer it, and I get asked literally every other question.”
Reedus has read Daryl’s character as asexual on ‘TWD’
Daryl is one of the few characters on “TWD” who hasn’t had any romantic entanglements across the AMC show’s run, leading some to wonder if he’s even interested in any sort of relationship that’s more than platonic.
When asked if he’s ever read Daryl as asexual, Reedus told us, “Yeah, I have, quite a bit. I’ve gotten a lot of fan mail thanking me for being asexual.”
Reedus clarified with the next reporter on the red carpet that he never said Daryl is asexual. In 2014, “The Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman said on the series’ aftershow “Talking Dead,” the character is somewhat asexual.
“Daryl Dixon is being somewhat asexual on the show,” said Kirkman in 2014. “I think that he’s a very introverted character and I think that’s somewhat his appeal.”
Reedus hints we could see Daryl open up more this season. In the past, he hasn’t been able to because of the story line and the direction of his character.
“He’s definitely a loner, but you might see him open up a little bit,” said Reedus of Daryl on season 10. “I think he keeps getting hints of roads to go down and either they get taken away from him because of the story line or he gets the opportunity to go full throttle with them. He’s an interesting character.”
The past few seasons have had a major focus on a few big departures from the show, including two of its main stars, Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs. As a result, Daryl took a bit of a back seat for a while.
Since Glenn’s death on the season seven premiere, which Daryl held himself responsible for, Reedus’ character became even more introverted, often speaking in grunts or fragmented sentences. He was also held prisoner by Negan in a cell for a time.
It wasn’t until the season nine premiere last year, in which the show jumped forward a year-and-a-half, that Reedus started getting a significant amount of dialogue on the show again. It was a change fans immediately noticed in his character and something that even Reedus acknowledged on aftershow “Talking Dead.”
Reedus said we’re seeing a very different Daryl than we have in previous seasons and that any pairing has to be done right because you only get one shot at it.
“It’s just one of those things. You do it, it’s gone. You can only do it once,” said Reedus of diving into any sort of relationship with Daryl’s character.
“Like I’ve said a million times, I don’t think he’s the type of guy that’s just going to have a one-night stand,” said Reedus.
No time was that clearer than on the season three premiere when Carol suggested the two mess around a bit after Daryl rubbed her back and he turned down the idea. Reedus agreed.
“I think [Daryl] has a lot of issues that he’s dealing with that if he’s going to go there, he’s going to really mean it, so you have to be really careful with it,” he said.
So, back to the ‘forever question.’ Should fans expect to see Daryl with Connie or Carol this season or neither?
On the show’s season 10 premiere, Daryl shows a greater interest in communicating with Connie and her sister Kelly. He’s walking around with an American Sign Language book and is signing more.
But he also spends a lot of time with Carol. The two even toss around the idea of possibly running away together to New Mexico. Daryl calls Carol his best friend, but fans have often wondered if we may see something more between the two.
So what’s going on? Should we expect to see something with Daryl and Carol or Daryl and Connie, or are they all just friends?
“I think they have this kind of chemistry that’s really interesting and fun,” “TWD” showrunner Angela Kang told Insider of Connie and Daryl.
Kelly has certainly noticed that Connie may have eyes for Daryl. She shared an improvised eyebrow raise with her sister on the season 10 premiere as Daryl approached them, a moment Kang loved.
“The characters around them, they have their own wonderings and musings about this blossoming friendship or relationship between the two,” said Kang.
While the show will continue to explore Connie and Daryl, Kang promises fans will see a lot more of Carol on screen as well with the fan favorite.
“There will be a lot of Carol and Daryl this season,” Kang said. “As Norman was saying on the Comic Con panel, it’s really complicated. We’re showing a relationship that’s very deep and deep relationships can have a lot of complication.”
Fans have already started to see some of those complications. Daryl upset Carol when he let a perfectly good deer go once it crossed into Whisperer territory. Last season, the Whisperers kidnapped and killed her surrogate son, Henry, and brutally stuck his head on a pike for her to find. Carol has a lot of animosity toward the group.
“When two people trust each other and love each other and care about each other so much, when things feel wrong, when somebody’s making decisions the other person is concerned about for whatever reason, that complicates the relationship,” Kang added. “There will be a lot of Carol and Daryl. In a lot of ways [they’re] at the heart of this story of the Whisperers.”
When asked whether or not fans should expect them to stay friends or to have a relationship, Kang said, “People will read into it what they will. But what we know is that those two are inextricably tied to each other.”
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