Robert Kirkman played a cruel April Fool’s joke on us fans of The Walking Dead (both the comic and the TV show) earlier this month when he posted a fake comic book cover announcing that Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) would finally be making his graphic novel debut. As fans and readers of the comics are well aware, the ever-popular Daryl is unique to the AMC show and was never a part of Robert’s original source material.
MTV.com recently spoke to Robert, and in light of his prank, they had to ask if Daryl will ever appear in the comics. “All April Fool's jokes aside, that's the final answer there. It would be very strange to pull an element from the show and shoehorn it into the comic because of his immense popularity. The comic book is on its own path, and I've certainly got far reaching plans for that,” Robert began. And as much as we love Daryl, we’d tend to agree. Working him into the comic at this point would feel forced and likely not mesh with the story RK is already telling.
Robert continued, “I like that Daryl is the element of the show that is an agent of change, that really affects every story as we try to adapt them. Losing that by putting him in the comic would do a disservice to the show, and the comics.”
And as if Robert wasn’t clear enough already, his final thoughts on Daryl appearing in the comics really put the last nail in the coffin. “As much as I love Norman Reedus, and everybody loves Norman Reedus, you'll never see Daryl Dixon in the comic. There, I said it,” he declared in conclusion.
Our heart just broke a little, though we do understand Robert’s reasoning for omitting Daryl from the comics. Do you agree with the TWD mastermind, or would you like to see Daryl in the comics? Vote below!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.