Robert Kirkman Says A Lot Of THE WALKING DEAD’s Comic Deviations Are Due To Daryl Dixon

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reedusNorman Reedus is a huge part of The Walking Dead TV show and fans have been begging to see the redneck heartthrob show up in the comics. Walking Dead creator and comic book scribe Robert Kirkman has said on many occasions that he doesn’t think Reedus will ever show up in the comics. He’s a TV exclusive character who helps to keep things fresh for the writer and the series. Kirkman once again affirmed that statement recently at a comic convention, but he also revealed that a lot of changes from the comics are a direct result of Reedus and his fan-favorite character Daryl Dixon.

daryl dixon iconWhen asked the ‘will Daryl show up in the comics‘ question, Kirkman says that he really likes the influence Daryl has on the show when it comes time to adapt a story. Putting him in the comics would take some of that magic away. On how they approach adapting stories and what Blastr calls the “Daryl effect” that causes things to change:

I guess it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Daryl Dixon showed up in the comic. But I don’t know. I really like the separation. I like that when we sit down to write the show one of the first things we deal with is: ‘How does Daryl Dixon change this story?’ Because we always start from: ‘Ok, we like this part of the comic. How are we going to do it?’
And it’s just always interesting to get in there and be like, ‘Oh, well his existence and the fact that his personality is this, and he would behave this way, means that he would react to this person differently than this and differently than that.’ And it’s just really a great thing for the show that he doesn’t exist in the comic. And I really like that.
But yeah, I don’t know. It would be cool if he was in the comic, but I don’t really have any plans on doing that. But I guess he would be the one if I was going to pull any character from the show into the comic, it would be him. Mostly just because I love Norman [Reedus]. Handsome dude.

Daryl has really grown as a character throughout the TV show’s run and has become an important member of the group as well as a leader. With Daryl being a central character (with a huge fanbase to boot), so it makes sense the story shifts and changes around what he would do and how he would react to things. It probably won’t happen for a long time, but could you imagine Daryl coming face-to-face with Negan? That would be crazy, wouldn’t it? What do you think about Kirkman’s comments?

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Source : Blastr