It’s official, Robert Kirkman has said that despite Daryl Dixon’s massive popularity on the Walking Dead TV show he will not make an appearance in the graphic novel. There has been a question mark over the possibility of Daryl making an appearance in the books, with many fans keen on it.

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However at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International Kirkman officially ended all speculation. Kirkman said, “I have thought about it, but in the end, I like the fact that there are only certain characters you can do in different mediums.”

When Norman Reedus was questioned about how he felt about his character’s exclusion from the books he said, “Of course I would love to be a part of the books and I’ve joked around with Robert [Kirkman] begging him to put me in, but he’s the creator and really knows what’s best for the stories. They are so intricate and vast I can’t even wrap my head around what that’s about really, to create such a unique world like that, so I’m following his lead. I’m really happy with where I’m at if you know what I mean.”

We’d have loved to have seen Daryl in the graphic novel but that’s only because we love him so much. Kirkman is right when he says only certain characters can exist in different mediums. Andrea was a great character in the graphic novel however in the TV show she suffered from being annoying and not at all as likeable as the character in the graphic novel. We’d hate to have seen Daryl’s character suffer in the graphic novel, plus there’s no way the artists could have done his poncho any justice !

The Walking Dead returns this fall.