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Daryl Dixon is one of the most popular characters on The Walking Dead. As played by Norman Reedus, Dixon’s character arc has been remarkable, charting the growth of a drifter redneck as he evolves into a leader with an open heart and mind.
Reedus has had a golden opportunity to help shape his Walking Dead character because Daryl Dixon is not in Robert Kirkman’s comic series. Original showrunner Frank Darabont created the character after being blown away by Reedus’s audition. After Darabont left the show, Kirkman looked to Reedus to continue Daryl’s development.
What audiences constantly get from Daryl Dixon is imaginative walker kills, crossbow expertise, diehard loyalty to Rick and the group, and memorable Daryl Dixon Walking Dead quotes. Daryl can be counted on to sum up a situation (telling Rick that not looking for new people is wrong, etc), lay down a punchline ("Shut up"), or explain his feelings in three short but powerful sentences (who he was before the apocalypse).
Who is Daryl Dixon? He's an underdog, a survivalist, awkward with the ladies man, a bad ass motorcycle rider, creative walker killer, ugly crier, woodland creature enemy number one, walker necklace maker, caveman spaghetti eater? All of those things and more make up the man and the myth that is the D.
What’s your favorite Daryl Dixon moment on The Walking Dead? Vote up the best Daryl bits to push those suckers to the top of this list in a very zen-like Daryl way.
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When He Dispatched Negan's Men with a Rocket Launcher
Graphic novel readers thought that the mid-season premiere was going to start with the death of a main character. Was Negan's henchman going to shoot Sasha or Abraham? We'll never know because Daryl straight up obliterated the whole menacing gang with a blast from a rocket launcher after quietly killing one of the Saviors behind the tanker. If you weren't dancing around after that big explosion, you are made of stone.
Just after Rick rips out the throat of a man with his bare teeth, he tells Daryl that they are brothers. Daryl, who’s had to kill his own brother Merle, is moved by this sentiment. And probably a little spooked. Even Merle didn’t bite out a dude’s throat.
Fangirls (and probably some fanboys) exploded when they saw Daryl holding Carl’s little sister. Carl suggests names ranging from Sophia to Carol. They finally settle on Judith, but not before Daryl calls her Little Asskicker. Daryl is awesome, just don’t let him name your kid.
Daryl’s Killing Spree During the Attack on the Prison
Like a very satisfying video game, Daryl goes zoo on The Governor’s people, using a walker as a shield to get close to the tank. He also kills said tank with a slam dunk grenade down the barrel. Then he clips the tank operator, Mitch, but doesn’t destroy his brain, leaving him to turn. FU, Mitch.