'Walking Dead' Season 4: Show Creator Says He Might Kill Daryl Because We Love Him So Much

Daryl DixonHey who's the hottest character on The Walking Dead LOL J/K LIKE THIS IS EVEN UP FOR DEBATE. Haaaa, that was funny how I pretended for a second that there was any possible acceptable answer other than Daryl Dixon.

Daryl, who's played on the show by Norman Reedus, has obviously become an overwhelming fan favorite (despite the fact that he wasn't in the original comics, and he was never meant to be a long-term character!). His popularity has spawned a thousand "IF DARYL DIES WE RIOT" t-shirts, and his fan base is … well, let's just call them devoted. (OMG, you should see the comments on his Instagram photos.) (Yes I follow him on Instagram, shut up.)

We obviously don't yet know what all is going to happen to Daryl in season 4, but here are some important things to keep in mind -- including the possibily of Daryl's DEATH.


(Warning: upcoming spoiler for season 3!)

Just how is it that Daryl seems to have a constant supply of arrows for his bow?

It's true that Daryl's never-ending arrows seem a little similar to Hershel's hilarious infinite ammo mode from the season 2 finale, right?

But it turns out there's a perfectly reasonable explanation. In addition to the fact that Daryl typically pulls his arrows back out of the skulls he plants them in, Reedus tells Entertainment Weekly,

They go on runs and we raid places and this is Georgia so that is one of the weapons that people hunt with. So it’s not unheard of to find more arrows. (…) When you show this large of a time frame, there’s a lot of things that are sort of understood. You never see us go to the bathroom, but we do that.

How will Merle's death affect Daryl as a person, as the show goes on?

I think that Daryl was always destined to be a mini Merle. I try to play him like he was embarrassed of who he was becoming … he didn't want to say racist things, he didn't want to do drugs … as a kid he was sort of embarrassed that that was the life he was born into. So once Merle is out of the picture, Daryl has the opportunity to become the man he was never going to be. You know, someone he could be proud of … I think he's slowly starting to find value in himself through other people. And I think he wouldn't have had that opportunity before if Merle was still in the picture.

 Is it theoretically possible that Daryl will die in season 4?

Yes, and if he DOES die, it's because we all LOVED HIM TOO DAMN MUCH. According to creator Robert Kirkman,

I feel like it's a dare. Like, 'Oh, really? You're going to riot? We'll see. No one is safe.'

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I mean, that's fine, Kirkman. We totally don't care. Whatever. Kill Daryl if you (*breaks down and sobs*)

Do you think Daryl's going to get more screen time in season 4? Or do you think Kirkman may really follow through on his cruel threat?

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