Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon

A picture of Daryl Dixon with his crossbow in The Walking Dead TV Series.Daryl Dixon, the younger brother of Merle Dixon, is one of the Atlanta camp survivors. He is a tough country boy able to live off the land and could properly survive alone, yet he stays with the group. He is short-fused and capable of sudden violence, but often level-headed and more rational than others in the group. He is an expert hunter and displays deadly accuracy with his crossbow, against both game animals and walkers. Although far from politically correct, it is clear Daryl is not as racist as Merle. While comments Daryl has made may have been insensitive, none have been blatantly racist. Putting himself in danger to save T-Dog from a walker showed that he and Merle may not be as much alike as some people think.

Daryl is very much a bad ass character that seems to have a “live and let live” attitude about most people. He was, however, the one member of the group that never gave up hope of finding Sophia and made it his mission to be the one to do so. His search for the little girl resulted in being severely injured in the woods and confronting Merle in the form of a hallucination while fighting to survive.

Daryl came into his own within the group, partly due to his willingness to help Rick with “the heavy lifting” required for the groups’ survival. This included interrogating the group’s prisoner, Randall, and shooting Dale as he lay dying from a walker attack. His newfound attachment to the others was shown when he told Dale “Sorry, brother” as he put the older man out of his misery. As Rick’s relationship with Shane deteriorated, ending ultimately in Shane’s death, Daryl slipped into the role of Rick’s right hand man.

A picture of Norman Reedus; the actor who plays Daryl Dixon.

Daryl Dixon is played by American actor Norman Reedus, best known for his popular roles as Murphy McManus in the cult classic The Boondock Saints film series, Gossip, and Blade II, as well as minor parts in mainstream films such as American Gangster, 8MM, and The Conspirator. He has also appeared in a long list of independent films such as Dark Harbor, Floating, Beat, Six Ways to Sunday, Tough Luck, and Red Canyon. He has been featured as a guest star on numerous television shows including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Charmed, Hawaii Five-O, and the Showtime anthology Masters of Horror.

  • Reedus is also known as an artist, sculptor, photographer, and writer/director. He runs the production company Big Bald Head.
  • He has also been featured prominently by the fashion house Prada in many of their print advertisements.
  • Reedus’s tattoo over his left breast reads “Norman” and is a tribute to his deceased father, also named Norman.
  • Severely injured in a February 2005 car wreck in Berlin, Reedus’s left eye socket was reconstructed out of titanium.
  • He has one child, a son, Mingus Lucien, whose mother is supermodel Helena Christensen.
  • Reedus describes Daryl as a guy who “needs a hug” but who would probably stab anyone that tried.
  • The character of Daryl does not appear in The Walking Dead graphic novels (yet); in interviews creator Robert Kirkman has said he is considering Daryl as an addition.
  • The motorcycle that Daryl rides is a chopped Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, which belonged to the now missing Merle.
  • The Cherokee rose, the legend about which Daryl told Carol, is the Georgia State flower; its official botanical name is Rosa laevigata.
  • The term “redneck” was first used not in the American South, but in Scotland during the 1700s. The term referred to members of a group called the National Covenant; many fled Scotland for Ireland in protest over the British edict that the Church of England be made the state church of Scotland as well as England. They often wore red pieces of cloth around their necks to signify their political dissent. How the term came to be used in America is in dispute. Some say it refers to the Scottish Covenanters, who left Scotland for the American South in great numbers, and later their descendants. Other legends say it was first adopted by West Virginia coal miners in the 1930s that were pressuring mine owners to allow for unionization of the mines and wore red bandanas around their necks as a sign of solidarity. They became known as “rednecks” by the general public and were considered to be the good guys in this dispute. Yet another explanation claims the term was first used in the late 1800s and referred to sharecroppers and farm hands that worked the fields and often became sunburned, thus giving them red necks.
  • Ale_jericho

    You rock man keep killing walkers the way you do

  • Amy Rae Madden

    U really make the show…I’d love to see u as the leader! Us rednecks will always survive through any crisis that’s thrown our way…we’re tougher and meaner than shit lol

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  • Arden J.

    he is THE BEST character in the walking dead. redneck reedus is BEAST.

  • Arden J.

    p.s; please dont follow the script and act like to like carol! Andrea is MUCH better. if you can steal maggie from glenn thats 2 thumbs up.

  • Rosemary

    Daryl is the most complicated and interesting character in the series..Norman Reedus has a boom in popularity coming.. We will all remember where we first saw him and how we felt at that time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lurae.a.bailey Lurae Alexandria Bailey

    rumors going around that the picture of a walker in season 3 is you. I know this cannot be true. You cannot die ever in the show. You just can’t…

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  • tonya f

    daryl rocks hope doesnt go any where

  • ochayang

    Please dont let Daryl character dead. Daryl is the BEST!!!

  • curious

    He is the best character on the walking dead! If daryl is taken out of the script, I will SO STOP WATCHING!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.r.walker1 Jason Roy Walker

    Hey, what’s Daryl’s new crossbow? Do we get another “I am Daryl Dixon’s crossbow” crossbow review?

  • tomy

    The best of the best characters, not even become daryl dixon. I like your style so much broo… Go on keep going become a softheart fighter in twd..

  • Tailor Holden

    Daryl is the awesomest character ever…. If he dies off the series, I have an entire school group of over 1,500 people that will stop watching