The Walking Dead Creator Confirms Daryl's Sexuality, Teases "Prominent" Gay Character

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The Walking Dead bid farewell to a long-time character on this week's midseason finale, as (SPOILER ALERT!) Beth did not make it out of the hospital alive.

She was shot dead by Dawn toward the end of The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8.

But while fans continue to react to this development and mourn the loss of Beth, executive producer Robert Kirkman gave them some other things to ponder on last night's edition of Talking Dead.

First: Daryl is not gay.

“In the letter column of the comic book that I do, I mentioned that there was a possibility early on about making Daryl Dixon’s character gay,” Kirkman told viewers.

“I just wanted to clarify that the possibility is there and that I would have been fine with it, the network would have been fine with it - but we ultimately didn’t do that. I can make it official: Daryl Dixon is straight.”

Second: a gay character is on the way.

Simply put, Kirkman  revealed on Talking Dead that a "prominent" gay character from the comic books will appear in the second half of The Walking Dead Season 5.

Might it be Aaron, a resident of the Alexandria Safe-Zone who ends up a powerful ally for Rick and company?

Let the guessing games begin as we look forward to new episodes and watch The Walking Dead online until they arrive in 2015...

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The Walking Dead Quotes

You can breathe. You can blink. You can cry. Hell, they're all gonna be doing that.

Negan

Daryl: What is it?
Judith: I can't believe we just left her in a ditch. What if you were lost and no one could find you? Where RJ was or mom?
Daryl: You gonna tell me where this is coming from?
Judith: I just want us to be back together again ... at home. That's all.
Daryl: I radioed your mom, so she knows not to go home, so she's safe. That way she can find us.
Judith: You talked to her?
Daryl: No, but I'm gonna keep trying.
Judith: It doesn't matter. I talked to her after the fire, and I'm worried. Maybe she won't come home.
Daryl: What did she say?
Judith: She went to go help some people she met, who needed her. I didn't want to tell you.
Daryl: Why is that?
Judith: Because maybe you'd leave, too.
Daryl: I won't.
Judith: You promise.
Daryl: I can't.
Judith: Why?
Daryl: Because I can't lie to you. I don't know what's gonna happen. There ain't no one that can tell you they do. There's one thing I know, there's a whole bunch of people back there that would do anything for you. One day, when you're older, they're going to need you to do anything for them. You got a whole lot of family. Nothing can take the place of someone you love being gone. That doesn't mean that everything that follows is going to break your heart.