Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on "The Walking Dead," was part of the show's panel at Fan Expo Canada late last month, and when someone from the audience asked about his character's sexual orientation, the hunky actor just said: "I can't answer those questions, but it's interesting," according to Comic Book Resources.
But in a recent interview with GQ, the 45-year-old "The Boondocks Saints" star openly discussed the first time he learned about Daryl's potential gay storyline.
"I remember Frank Darabont, after the first season we were at a party in LA. He said, 'I've got an idea for Daryl. He's gay. Would you be interested in that?'" recalled Reedus. "I was like, 'Let me hear you out.' He said, 'Well, he's prison gay-like, you'll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he'll just stab you and be like what the fuck?-he will never admit it.'"
And Reedus agreed with the idea, saying, "That'll blow minds-let's do that. And he [Darabont] said, 'I knew I hired you for a reason.'"
Darabont developed and executive-produced the first season of "The Walking Dead" but was fired from the position as showrunner in July 2011 reportedly due to the show's reduced budget and his strained relationship with AMC executives, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Daryl's sexual orientation became a hot topic when comic book creator Robert Kirkman discussed it in the letter section of the "The Walking Dead" comic book issue No. 130 - released last month - in which Kirkman responded to a question from a fan, who asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered, according to Comicbook.com
"All I can say is that it's been discussed," said Kirkman. "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."
But in a recent interview with TVLine also last month, showrunner Scott M. 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 Walking Dead" Season 5 premieres on Oct. 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.
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