March 30th, 2015
The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dickson might just be the most popular character on the show after Rick Grimes—but this fan favorite wasn’t even a part of the original comic book series! Daryl and his brother are original characters created especially for the TV show. But that hasn’t stopped Daryl from quickly becoming one of the most popular characters on the series, to the point where many fans say that Daryl could never be killed due to the subsequent fan outrage that would ensue. But could Daryl Dickson die in the show? Or is he immune to the concept of “everyone can die” concept that the showrunners frequently bring out before and after character deaths? Let’s look at a few reasons why Daryl Dickson might die in the show—and why he might just stick around.
He is the #1 fan favorite character on the show—after Rick Grimes
While some fan favorites have been killed before (Hershel, anyone?) there is no denying that the fan base for Daryl Dickson is not just way bigger—but way louder, too. Killing a fan favorite this popular might just spell doom for the show, especially since fans love to tune in each week to see what trouble Daryl gets into—or gets out of.
Many fans have gotten comfortable with the idea of Daryl being safe on the show due to his popularity. The writers could kill Daryl off as a way to really shake up the status quo and let everyone watching now: everyone can die, no matter how popular, no matter how cool, and no matter how badass their character is.
He could still leave the show through means other than death
Daryl leaving the show doesn’t necessarily have to end in death. The show’s writers could write Daryl off through other means, such as exile or becoming lost.
It may be difficult for the group to survive without him
Daryl is one of the strongest killers in the group; he also has the most knowledge of living in the woods and surviving in rugged conditions. Without Daryl, the group would be missing the person who knows how to set up just about any kind of trap, who knows how to hunt, and who has been able to get them out of tight situations again and again. You can find other home entertainment options here.