During a panel at the 2017 Walker Stalker Cruise, The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero already talked about the challenges of featuring winter weather on the show. However, he was asked about more than just the weather during the panel. With the character Jesus (played by Tom Payne) already (sort of) confirmed to be gay, fans wanted to know if he could possibly share a moment with a certain more sexually ambiguous fan-favorite character, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).
As much as some shippers may love the idea of a Daryl-Jesus romance, Nicotero is definitely not a fan of the idea. When asked about it, he responded with: “No! If I could put a thousand exclamations points after it, then no. No. No.”
Reedus, who got a kick out of the question, said that he believes there are other characters on the show Daryl has a “stronger connection with.” Could this mean the long-awaited Daryl-Carol romance might be happening at some point? Only time will tell.
For now though, Nicotero did say, “In terms of [Daryl’s] availability for a love interest, we’ll check on that.”
Nicotero will direct three episodes in season 7B, and it’s probably safe to say Daryl won’t be romancing anybody in those episodes.
You can check out the synopsis for the rest of season 7 below.
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.
The Walking Dead returns with new episode on February 12, 2017 on AMC.