The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon is such a popular character that many fans swear by the mantra 'If Daryl dies, we riot'. His fan-favourite status is made more impressive by the fact that he doesn't feature in the comics at all.
The TV show borrows events and characters from the comics source material all the time, but does creator Robert Kirkman ever think about moving in the opposite direction and bringing Daryl – played by Norman Reedus – onto paper?
It's an interesting proposition. That said, Kirkman reveals that even if he wanted to, "legal issues" would get in the way.
"Norman Reedus likeness rights and stuff," he said at Comic-Con (via ComicBook.com).
Kirkman added that he feels having the comics be without Daryl enhances the story and gives readers who are fans of the TV series a fresher experience.
"I love the fact that there is something – if you read the comics, there would be an absence of Daryl and I feel like that adds to the mystery of the comic and makes it more appealing," he explained.
[Norman Reedus lending his likeness for PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding]
The Walking Dead is gearing for its ninth season, but series lead Andrew Lincoln will be leaving his role as Rick Grimes midway through.
Yumiko, an important figure from the comics who is now making an appearance in the TV series, will be played by Into the Badlands star Eleanor Matsuura. Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts actor Dan Fogler is also joining the cast for the new episodes, which will begin airing this autumn.
The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US and on FOX and NOW TV in the UK.
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