Showrunner Scott M. Gimple said that the Daryl Dixon's (Norman Reedus) sexuality will not be really addressed in the upcoming fifth season of the "The Walking Dead," but he did confirm that a gay male character will be introduced at one point in the series.
Earlier this month, "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman was asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered, and he openly answered that "it has been discussed," Comicbook.com reported.
"We have very specific ideas about Daryl's sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there's ever a quiet period in the show where he's not consistently distracted by crossbowing... we'll tackle it in the show," he added.
But in a recent interview with TVLine, Gimple said that Daryl's sexuality "is not really addressed" in Season 5, which totally makes sense since the show's upcoming installment is expected to be a lot more action-packed, considering Daryl and the whole gang are heading to Washington D.C. to find a cure to the zombie apocalypse.
The decision to tackle Daryl's sexuality at a later time in the series is just fine, according to Kelly West of Cinema Blend.
"When it comes to personal information about characters in a show like 'The Walking Dead,' where survival in the zombie apocalypse is really the biggest priority, it's probably better when personal information is revealed at a time when it's relevant to the story, or as part of the character development and the development of the relationships between the people in the show, as that's always been one of the better aspects of the series, West wrote.
Though Daryl's sexuality will be explored at later point in the show, Gimple told TVLine that that they are not holding back the information "as any sort of big reveal."
"The fact that there's still a question as to what Daryl's orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl's character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways," Gimple added. "We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick."
Gimple then mentioned that exploring this character has been a "very satisfying journey" for the show's creative team.
"This is a character who is going to continue to grow closer to the other characters, [and] let his guard down, and let them see just who he is, in every way," he said.
In an interview with TVLine, Gimple also revealed that the show does plan to introduce a gay male character. The arrival of the said character, however, is yet to be disclosed.
Gay characters are not new to the show, given the introduction of Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) and, subsequently, her girlfriend Alisha (Juliana Harkavy) last season.
"The Walking Dead" Season 5 premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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