24 Reasons 'The Walking Dead' BETTER NOT Kill Off Daryl Dixon

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon holding a crossbow and wearing his signature leather vest in AMC 'The Walking Dead' Season 5
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For real, Daryl Dixon better stick around. Even as one of Michonne's pets or something.

The Walking Dead season finale is upon us, and we're all terrified. We're not actually scared of the walkers anymore, because, well, we're used to them. What horrifies all of us more than even the potential for a zombie apocalypse in real life is the possibility of losing Daryl Dixon. (Warning: Walking Dead spoilers ahead! Catch up before you continue.)

There's been a slew of speculation all season as to whether or not Daryl Dixon is going to be killed off of The Walking Dead, and the theories and reasoning vary from source to source: TVLine reports that in terms of the comics' storylines, Daryl largely took Tyreese's place in the show, and (spoiler alert) Tyreese dies. (Chad Coleman, who starred as Tyreese, even admitted that Daryl is likely the reason Tyreese was killed off.) Daryl is the reason Carol is still around in the show, despite her perishing much earlier in the comics — so if she dies on the show, will he be on the outs too? Entertainment Weekly reported that Daryl will be in big trouble when he goes on a supply run, and Robert Kirkman himself has threatened to kill Daryl Dixon off specifically to rile up and troll fans. Additionally, the show has a habit of killing off the moral compasses of the group of survivors, like Hershel, Dale, Tyreese — and Daryl Dixon has been a bit of a Jiminy Cricket for Rick Grimes lately.

Norman Reedus himself, who stars as Daryl Dixon, warned fans via Entertainment Tonight about the finale, "Wow, bring your Kleenex and you'll be screaming at your television." Reedus has a lot of side projects lined up, including directing music videos, so he may be bracing himself for his eventual exit.

That said, if Daryl dies, we're going to have a big problem. Like, several big problems. Huge problems. The world needs Daryl Dixon, because Daryl Dixon is the perfect man. And also for the following reasons.

Daryl Dixon is the most popular character on The Walking Dead.
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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride as Carol Pelletier on AMC's 'The Walking Dead' - Giphy

And so help us, fans will riot if he perishes. Robert Kirkman, you want your life to look like this? Eh?
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Seriously, even the oft-misguided Merle Dixon knows that Daryl Dixon is the best.
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Michael Rooker in 'The Walking Dead' as Merle Dixon - Giphy

Who is Carol Pelletier going to have adorable sexual tension with if Daryl Dixon is gone?
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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride as Carol Pelletier in 'The Walking Dead' - Giphy

Carol wouldn't be able to believe that Daryl kicked the bucket, even if he did ...
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Melissa McBride as Carol Pelletier talking to Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes on 'The Walking Dead' - Giphy

... and if he did, it would make her really angry. You might not like her when she's angry. (You might also just not survive it.)
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Melissa McBride as Carol Pelletier on 'The Walking Dead' - Giphy

Perfect. The answer is "perfect." And the answer remains "perfect."
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Let's be real, the team needs Daryl Dixon for a lot of reasons. For example, he's good at keeping secrets.
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Daryl Dixon's willing to do the jobs no one else likes for very little reward. Sort of like a lot of illegal immigrants in the United States that Fox News anchors want to deport for no logically sound reasons.
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Daryl Dixon functions better when injured than most of the other survivors do when they're healthy.
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Daryl Dixon is a master of disguise.
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Daryl Dixon is a f*cking tactical genius. The only other team member who comes close is Carol.
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Daryl Dixon is delicious.
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Daryl Dixon has a sensitive side, and he's pretty in touch with it.
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Daryl Dixon put stupid Beth Greene in her stupid place.
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Daryl Dixon is not here for your bulls*it.
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Daryl Dixon is so adorable with the useless anchor Judith that, yes, it makes our ovaries explode.
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Daryl Dixon knows how to party.
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Daryl Dixon doesn't put up with riff-raff.
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He's well aware that love is hard to find in the zombie apocalypse, but he maintains a sense of humor about it.
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Daryl Dixon has no time for whining. Ever.
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Just knowing that Norman Reedus may be on Talking Dead at any point makes us have to breathe into paper bags already.
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Norman Reedus on AMC's 'Talking Dead' - Giphy

Seriously, Robert Kirkman. You don't want to test us.
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Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon on 'The Walking Dead' - Giphy

Really. Don't make us high-knife anyone.
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Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon on 'The Walking Dead' - Giphy

 

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