The Walking Dead comic book writer/TV show exec producer Robert Kirkman talk Daryl Dixon in his interview on The Writers’ Room. In a 30-second preview clip, Robert talks up one of the AMC show’s characters that did not originate in his own comic books.
“Daryl Dixon is my favorite element of the television show,” RK said, “and when we saw Norman Reedus, you know, all the producers kind of got together and we were like, ‘We love this guy, we’ve got to get him in the show somehow.’ So suddenly Merle had a brother named Daryl.”
In terms of Daryl Dixon’s origin story, Norman auditioned for the role of Merle Dixon — who was also invented for the show, but the role was already earmarked for Michael Rooker — and original showrunner Frank Darabont wrote the role of Daryl just for Norman.
See the clip below:
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