Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is hands down the best character on AMC’s The Walking Dead, despite the fact that he doesn’t appear in the comics that serve as the zombie drama’s source material. In fact, he’s one of the few characters I don’t regularly root for to die, and even inspired the popular “If Daryl Dies, We Riot” meme. Folks love his grizzled-redneck-badass-with-a-heart-of-gold persona. But still, Daryl is one of the few survivors of the undead apocalypse not on the receiving end of some sweet, sweet loving so far. But perhaps that may change moving into season four.
Seriously, everyone but Daryl is hooking up. There’s Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Ghost Lori (still Sarah Wayne Callies). Even Shane (Jon Bernthal) and The Governor (David Morrissey) get laid left and right, and they’re dicks. Why can’t Daryl find somebody to love?
Before you all start yelling, “But what about Carol (Melissa McBride)?” that bit of weirdness doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. After nothing came of her throwing herself at him early on in season three, and after he saved her life, the two settled back into a more platonic, almost familial relationship. Also, we don’t know how much season four of The Walking Dead will pull from the comics, but if they keep one particular storyline, there could be a love connection between Carol and newcomer Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman).
The season 3 finale, “Welcome to the Tombs,” ends with all of the leftover citizens of Woodbury joining the main group and piling into the prison. Perhaps somewhere in that crowd there’s a romantic match for Daryl.
When questioned about whether there’s love in store for Daryl, Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics and executive producer of the TV series, had this to say:
Never say never! I think that it could happen eventually. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, but Daryl is a complex character and he’s really got a lot of emotional hurdles to get over in his life. It is kind of odd that we haven’t seen him in that kind of romantic light, but I think that adds a layer to the character that makes him a little more mysterious and a little cooler. But I wouldn’t rule out some kind of love interest for him in the future.
Daryl is certainly a complicated man, but as the theme from Shaft taught us, no one understands such a man like his woman. Granted, he did just stab his zombified brother Merle (Michael Rooker) in the head repeatedly. His emotional state may be compromised, and he should probably take some time to get his head straight before he starts dating. Then again, few things can take your mind off of grief and woes like a new relationship.
We’ll just have to wait and see how this shakes out when AMC resurrects The Walking Dead this fall.