The sub-moronic ramblings of a semi-functioning illiterate

Why I Love Daryl Dixon

My shrine to Daryl Dixon

My shrine to Daryl Dixon

Oh Daryl Dixon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

For those of you who prefer to reside under rocks there is a show on AMC called THE WALKING DEAD, a television series based on the graphic novel of the same name by Robert Kirkman.

People, this show has something for everyone; lots of action, graphic violence, a wide cast of characters, and the most life-like horde of zombies ever to grace the screen.

[insert ironic trombone sound here]

There are blogs a plenty voicing varying opinions about the show’s storyline, successful or unsuccessful adaptation to the novel and likeability of its characters (THE THROWDOWN and LEBEAU’S LEBLOG being two of the better ones), but the one thing they all seem to agree on is that Daryl Dixon is the breakout character of the show. As for me, Daryl Dixon IS the show.


As someone who has spent her life in both Florida and in New England, I can tell you that Norman Reedus’ portrayal of Daryl Dixon satisfies everything I look for in a character. First of all, Norman Reedus not only talks but walks like he’s from South Florida (in reality he is). It’s very distinctive and if you watch the show you’ll see it, sort of like he’s strung up at the shoulders making him walk very erect. In Florida it’s important to stand tall to see what’s coming because down there, you’re bait.

Then there is the added bonus that Norman Reedus was also Murphy McManus, the better half of the vigilante twins better known as THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, a movie that defines the very culture that is New England. Those interested in relocating here be forewarned- you will need to submit to a Boondocks quiz before calling this place your home. If you cannot successfully recite the Boondock Prayer or properly assign which twin dons the Aequitas and which twin the Veritas tattoo then you will be denied citizenship. No really. Get out. NOW.

ddrIf you are still a non-believer in the awesomeness that is Daryl Dixon then consider this: his brother Merle on the show is portrayed by Michael Rooker. Michael Fucking Rooker, people. I’d watch that man narrate a show on how to properly fold towels. Rooker’s Merle character has become an icon of evil and still Daryl Dixon steals the show every damn time. Not too bad for a character that wasn’t even in the original graphic novel.

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you- that is a picture of a mini Daryl Dixon figurine and a trading card glued to a picture frame in front of my Daryl Dixon desktop wallpaper. I guess you can say I am somewhat of a fan.

Sometimes, when I’m alone, I imagine Daryl barreling into New Hampshire to rescue me from a horde of killer zombies. He tosses me on the back of his chopper, calling me his “Lil Ass-Kicker.” Then he and I criss-cross the country, mowing down zombies while blazing a path of glorious redneck destruction.

Sigh. If only…

29 responses

  1. The Elite of Just Alright

    You do realize both Daryl and his brother Merle are original characters for the show? I’m not saying Daryl isn’t awesome, but without the graphic novels, he wouldn’t exist!

    February 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    • Are you sure? I don’t remember him in the original graphic novel.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

  2. I have to admit, I’ve been taking up some of that space under the rock. *shakes head* I guess I’ll have to rent the DVD set….it seems I’m missing something awesome!!

    February 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

    • It is awesome, provided graphic violence sits well with you.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

      • I can watch people being hacked to bits, as long as they are not getting a needle!! I should seek therapy for that issue. *sighs*

        February 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

        • Well when you find a doctor send me his name because I am the exact same way!

          February 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

  3. I spent the whole first and second season pleading for him to kill Shane! I was screaming at the screen “you know he’s no good!” Ahaha.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:31 am

    • OMG I know! I know he was a big hit with the women who watch the show because he’s hunky and all, but Shane just got under my skin.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

      • Why is my wordpress being a turd? When I try and post a comment it’s getting me to edit my old comment. Anyway! I hated Shane, I wanted him to die the whole time, I like please just die now, everything he did was so wrong and when people sided with him I then hated them ahaha.

        February 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

        • I know exactly what you mean. Don’t get me started on Lori.

          February 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

          • SLLLUUUTTT!!! Who her baby daddy??!!?? Ahaha her husband was gone two days and she is enjoying sherif sausage.

            February 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

            • O…M…G…”enjoying sheriff sausage.” I will find a way to work that phrase into a novel somehow.

              February 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

  4. I spent all of the first and second season pleading for him to kill Shane!! I was screaming at the tv “you know he’s a bad person!!” Ahaha

    February 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

  5. Tom Elias

    Should I be jealous?

    February 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    • No baby. He’s pretend people, not real like you.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

      • Tom Elias

        I have long suspected I’m real. Yay!

        February 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

        • Yes, yes, it’s a big day for you, Pinocchio.

          February 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

          • Tom Elias

            Yep. I’ll lie a little and you can see what grows, how about?

            February 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

            • Now, now, behave. This is a family blog.

              Oh who am I kidding.

              February 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

              • Tom Elias


                February 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  6. Never seen it.
    I’m sure the two of you will be very happy together..

    February 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    • It’s a good show, Guap. Although I don’t watch much television so I don’t know what kind of endorsement that really is. As far as Zombies go, it’s a watcher.

      February 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  7. I’m with you: Daryl rules!

    February 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

  8. I love the redneck poster. That’s hysterical!

    February 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

  9. that’s funny, under my rock Daryl DIxon is a financial adviser. Of course, he could be a zombie in his spare time. I’m not judging.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  10. You’re just a little petri dish of hormones aren’t you? I don’t know how you find the time to write all your great stuff. If you explode, Tom may have to sacrifice by throwing himself on top of you, to save the rest of us.

    February 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  11. The first (as far as I know) Night of the Living Dead movie did it for me for zombie entertainment–I’ll never watch another one. It pissed me the fuck off so bad that we got to root for the black guy all the way through for being the big hero, then at the end he–what was it?–comes up out of the basement and gets shot in a case of mistaken identity. Fuck it, I was done forever with zombies. I mean, not everything has to be a happy ending, but that was just plain stupid. If a woman promised, and delivered, sex, if I watched some zombie thing with her, then I’d watch it. It does sound like I’m missing out on a good show, though.

    February 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  12. Ali

    You’re right. Daryl was not in the books & he is totally the best character. I WAY under estimated the usefullness of rednecks until watching WD. I just hope I’m close to a redneck community (preferably one in Florida) if a zombie apocalypse ever happens. They can do everything. Track, hunt, fix crappy cars, & shoot things with bows & arrows. Never realized how important those skills were…

    March 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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