Throughout Season 4 of The Walking Dead, we’ve been hearing conflicting reports about whether or not Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene’s (Emily Kinney) platonic relationship might get romantic — with some insisting that there are certainly sparks between the two while others find the possibility of Beryl romance a bit uncomfortable.
Season 4, Episode 12 (“Still”) was all about Daryl and Beth, so when Episode 13 (“Alone”) also featured the duo, it only served to confuse us. Take, for example, the moment in “Alone” when Daryl and Beth came across a gravestone and Daryl took her hand in his. Was this meant to be read as a romantic moment?
TheWalkingDead.com asked comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman that very question, and this is what he had to say. “I definitely wouldn’t read things to be too romantic. I think that Daryl, for all his sex appeal, is incredibly introverted and I don’t think that he really looks at things in that light.”
Still, Robert did acknowledge that Daryl and Beth do have a very strong bond now, even if romance isn’t in the cards. “They’re forming a very — I don’t know that it’s necessarily quite brotherly/sisterly — but they are forming a very strong bond that is going to be… they’re forming a very strong bond between the two of them. I don’t know how much you want to read into that, but there might be something there. You never know.”
OK, so in typical RK fashion that isn’t exactly a definitive answer, but he’s clearly leaning towards a no romance zone. Assuming Daryl and Beth don’t get physical, do you see that as a missed opportunity, or are they better off as close friends?
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.