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The Best Daryl Dixon Moments on the Walking Dead 

Lisa Waugh
Updated February 27, 2019 23.6k votes 1.8k voters 401k views 51 items

WARNING: Unless you are caught up to the latest episode of The Walking Dead, spoilers can come lurching over the hill at any moment.  

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. 
When Rick Tells Him “You’re My Brother”
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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. 
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When Daryl Names Rick’s Baby Little Asskicker
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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.
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Dealing with Beth’s Death
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Daryl developed deep feelings for Beth over the course of their time alone together. Just when he was getting close to her, she’s kidnapped by the Atlanta cops and taken to Grady Memorial in Atlanta. As Dawn’s captive, Beth reveals her strength as a character and a survivor. Her last act is to take out Dawn, but Dawn reflexively shoots Beth in the head. Daryl doesn’t hesitate, stepping up to shoot Dawn right in the head, but he’s devastated.  

Norman Reedus lost it on the day that Emily Kinney’s character Beth was killed. After the scene, he sat by himself and cried. Awwww. 
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When He Stands Up to Merle
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Merle’s grip on his little brother slips after Daryl spends a lot of time with the group. At the beginning of the apocalypse, the brothers were drifting around, looking to score whatever they could from whomever. They had plans to rob the group when things went badly for Merle on a rooftop. He was left chained to a pipe and had to cut his own hand off with a hacksaw to escape approaching walkers. 

In a scene where Daryl decides to head back to the prison instead of staying out in the woods with Merle, Daryl shows his brother just how much he’s grown and what he thinks of him.
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