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The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon Almost Didn’t Exist

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The Walking DeadMany fans of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comics have a troubled relationship with AMC’s massively popular adaptation. One of the strangest things to get used to, however, is that the best part of the show is Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), a character who does not appear anywhere in the source material. That’s frustrating for those of us who read the comics, who love these characters but have yet to see them accurately portrayed on screen. (Over the last half of season four the show did make significant strides, but there is still work to do.) Still, even the most steadfast comic fans among us can admit that Daryl is a righteous badass, though it is surprising how close he came to never existing at all.

Talking to The Writer’s Room, Kirkman echoed the sentiments of many fans when he says, “Daryl Dixon is my favorite element of the television show.” He’s totally right, and, as co-creator, executive producer, and occasional writer, he’s responsible for Daryl’s presence. Still, that has to sting a little bit to see this new addition gain so much more popularity than any of the other characters that he has spend years and years meticulously shaping. At least he realizes that Daryl is the best part of the show, that’s a big step right there.

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The Walking Dead Showrunner Says The Series Could Continue For Ten Years

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The Walking DeadSeason four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is in the books and, especially the final eight episodes, the series is as good as it has ever been. It is still far from perfect, but in the hands of the latest showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, fans have more reason to be optimistic about the future—of the show, not the characters, those guys are totally screwed. With shows like Talking Dead, the series has always been all about interacting with its viewers, and Gimple stopped by Larry King Live to answer a slew of questions from Twitter followers.

Though he does address a variety of topics and queries, he, understandably, has to skip over some specific spoilers for the upcoming season five, which goes into production next month. But there are times when his omissions are just as telling as his answers.

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The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman Talks About The Future, Spin-Offs, And Novels

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Rick & CarlSeason four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead may be in the books, but when has that ever stopped people from talking about the massively popular series? The end of a season is as good a time as any to think about the future, and comic book creator, and executive producer on the show, Robert Kirkman recently talked about what lies ahead for both the series and comics. He hints about Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) future, the impending spin-off, and when fans can expect to see one notorious villain make the jump from page to screen. And if you’re like many of us, and the comics don’t come nearly fast enough, there’s also news about additions to the ever-growing series of Walking Dead novels.

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The Walking Dead: Season Four Report Card

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Rick & CarlNow that AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead has shuffled off for another end-of-the-year hiatus full of casting updates and random fan speculation, we have some space to take a step back and examine the season that was. Going into season four, I was hopeful, despite the fact that, since nearly day one, I’ve had a troubled, at best, relationship with this show. Season three saw one of the best episodes of the series (“Clear”), and some of the absolute worst (“Arrow on the Doorpost,” among others). Plagued since the beginning by a lack of overall consistency, season three raised fluctuations in quality to a damn art form.

Here’s why, armed with a new showrunner, the third in the show’s short life, I still had hope. See, the new head, taking over after Glen Mazzara was unceremoniously—and publicly—ousted, is Scott M. Gimple, who, as a writer, is responsible for the best and most memorable episodes of the entire run. And low and behold, my persistence paid off, and season four is indeed the most consistent in Walking Dead history. The season is definitely a tale of two halves, bisected as it was by their annual mid-season break, but even approaching it in this manner, there was almost nothing but forward progress.

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Walking Dead Creator Hints At What Season Five Has In Store

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Warning: spoilers if you’re not up to date with AMC’s zombie series!

Survive

After splitting Rick and the survivors apart, The Walking Dead spent the back half of the season gradually steered them all toward one place, the aptly named “Terminus.” And as most savvy viewers expected, it isn’t the utopian safe haven the survivors hoped it might be. The full extent of what’s going on hasn’t been revealed yet, but the finale made it pretty clear that, whatever it is, it ain’t good. It was more of a cliffhanger ending than the show has typically done, and the dire situation Rick and the others were left in is reflected perfectly by the first teaser poster for the next season, which you can see above. It’s all about survival.

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The Walking Dead’s Zombies Are Actually Eating [REDACTED]

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Warning: if you’re not current on the Walking Dead show, you might want to bookmark this video for later — there’s a spoiler-y moment lurking amidst all those hungry zombies.