You should never have a favorite child — or at least admit to having one — but The Walking Dead comic book writer/TV show exec producer Robert Kirkman kinda went there in his interview on The Writers’ Room.
The show airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Sundance, but the network aired a 30-second clip with Robert talking up one of the AMC show’s characters that did not originate in his own comic books.
"Daryl Dixon is my favorite element of the television show,” RK said, “and when we saw Norman Reedus, you know, all the producers kind of got together and we were like, 'We love this guy, we've got to get him in the show somehow.' So suddenly Merle had a brother named Daryl."
They added that, because Daryl was invented for the show, Norman is the one actor who doesn’t know whether his character is going to die (which is not actually true). Robert joked that Norman is always very nervous about that every time he sees him. "'So how am I doing in Season 5?" RK said, in his impression of Norman. "Am I doing OK?'"
Hopefully Daryl will be OK in Season 5, and if he's the show creator's favorite element, that has to work in his favor. But Daryl is not the only character with no solid tie to the books, and there are plenty of people who are alive on screen into Season 5 who already had deaths in the comics. So it's a mystery for everyone.
In terms of Daryl Dixon’s origin story, Norman auditioned for the role of Merle Dixon — who was also invented for the show, but the role was already earmarked for Michael Rooker — and original showrunner Frank Darabont wrote the role of Daryl just for Norman. And look what thanks poor Frank got! Just saying.
Season 5 filming should be starting in just a couple of weeks, but the actors may still be in the dark about their own fates. Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) said as recently as last weekend that he hadn’t seen any scripts yet and had no idea what was coming. We have to stay tuned…
Are you surprised that Robert Kirkman would call Daryl his favorite element of the show? Do you agree? Watch the clip below and weigh in!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.
Source: The Writers’ Room