Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) was never in The Walking Dead comics co-created by Robert Kirkman. But Daryl is such a fan favorite on AMC's TV show that Kirkman, who executive produces the show, basically gets threats from fans warning him not to hurt the sexiest Dixon bro.
Kirkman talked to the Boston Herald about the "double-edged sword" of TWD, when it comes to episodes with major deaths (like Season 3, Episode 4 with Lori and T-Dog) and episodes where everyone gets to live.
“I’ve got people who say after an episode, ‘Oh, my gosh, nobody died, and what’s going on?’” Kirkman said. “Then I’ve got countless people saying, ‘I swear, if Daryl Dixon dies, we’re gonna riot.’ It varies. We’re just telling a story and trying to do it in the most realistic way possible, and in this world, people would be dying left and right. To those who are thirsty for blood, I say, ‘Wait, and you’ll eventually get what you want.’ To fans of, say, Daryl Dixon who don’t want him to die, I say, ‘If it happens some day, sorry.’"
Sorry?! Since Daryl was never in the comics, there's really no guessing what could happen to him next. But The Powers That Be probably wouldn’t tick off fans by offing him just to prove No One Is Safe. Hopefully the show will continue for many seasons, and hopefully Daryl will continue along with them. We know more deaths are coming this season, and while we’re not thirsty for them, we know they do make sense in this world. But Daryl? He just seems like the kind of survivor who would last through the zombie apocalypse.
If they do kill Daryl “some day,” would you riot? Stop watching? Cheer? Be upset but still stay tuned to see what happened next? And do you see him as a "couple" with Carol? There's a poll here about that, if you care to weigh in. And catch up on all kinds of nifty Walking Dead spoilers, recaps, news, polls and whatever here at Wetpaint.com/The-Walking-Dead.