hen in the midst of a zombie apocalypse I know exactly which Walking Dead character I want on my side; Daryl Dixon.
Daryl is one of the few main characters who was created for TV and does not feature in the graphic novel version of the story. Not only can he hunt for dinner and track missing companions, he is a serious zombie hunter, loyal, selfless and just downright awesome.
In Season 1 Daryl plays the part of a hot-headed hillbilly, quick tempered and impulsive. However, as the story moves on, Daryl’s character gains much more substance and by Season 3 he secures his place as Rick’s right hand man.
Daryl is a complex character with an emotive back story of abuse and neglect. However, one of his most interesting and engaging characteristics is his introversion. We see him deal with loss and grief by separating himself from the group and later in Season 5 we see Daryl express that he is more comfortable in the woods with Walkers than with the living.
There has been a lot of online debate about Daryl’s sexuality. His character is rather asexual in the show and despite forming close friendships he does not become romantically involved. Fan suggestions have included theories that Daryl is affected by childhood sexual abuse, that he is homosexual, or that he feels he is unworthy of love. Whatever the reason, I hope Daryl’s character stays just the way it is, and as the show’s creator Robert Kirkman is staying tight lipped, the internet is left to wonder.
Daryl is a fan favourite and it is easy to see why. Subtly portrayed by Norman Redus, Daryl’s character is realistic and endearing. His imperfections, his resilience, and his constant loyalty make him a sympathetic character who appeals to viewers.
In Season 3 Rick and his gang of survivors set up home in an old prison. Fortified walls, cells, weapons; what could go wrong?
Well for a start there are some left over prisons to deal with. Then Lori dies in childbirth, leaving a battle worn Carl to prevent his mother turning into a Walker. Part of me was hoping for a zombie baby, but alas the baby is fine. If you ever thought raising a baby was hard, forget it, even in a zombie apocalypse the baby does fine.
This season we see more evidence that the living are much more dangerous than the undead. Enter ‘The Governor’.
The Governor leads a heavily protected town called Woodbury. A megalomaniac, The Governor is cruel, cunning and without any morals holding him back. In an apocalypse situation there appears a distinct line between good and bad; those that just want to survive and those that want to kill everybody who crosses their path.
Unfortunately for Daryl, Merle also lives in Woodbury and is determined to reunite with his brother, by whatever means necessary. Thanks to Merle's dogged commitment and The Governors thirst for power, It isn’t long before they discovers Rick’s group are staying at the prison, and conflict ensues.
Can the prison keep Rick’s group safe? Can Daryl avoid the influence of his brother? Can Glen last a few episodes without being held hostage? Keep watching to find out.