The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has -- not for the first time or the last -- teased fans with the prospect of killing off Daryl Dixon in the upcoming fifth season of AMC's TV adaptation of his hit comic book series.
The writer and Image Comics partner called into Entertainment Weekly Radio to talk about his new comic Outcast and along the way teased what to expect from Season Five of The Walking Dead.
“There’s a lot going on with Terminus,” Kirkman told EW. “In our premiere episode of season 5 we’re going to give a ton of answers of who the people of Terminus are, what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, what’s going on with them. And by the end of that episode you’re going to have a much better understanding of what’s going on with them and why they’re so important to the show. Oh, and Daryl dies.”
The fact that he's become so wildly popular, and that Reedus has built up such a rabid base of vocal fans ("If Daryl dies, we riot") has led Kirkman to say in the past that if the character were to die, it would be the fault of the fans.
“I get a lot of hate mail every time I kill anybody in the comic, which always aggravates me becuase it’s like, ‘It’s been a hundred issues! Don’t know how this is by now? What are you doing?’” Kirkman told reporters assembeld after AMC’s The Walking Dead panel at San Diego Comic Con International last year. “But specifically about the Daryl thing – that fan reaction is going to get him killed. I feel like it’s a dare. Like, ‘Oh, really? You’re gonna riot? We’ll see…we’ll see.' No one is safe.”
He added, "No character is too popular to die. (Suck it, Reedus!)"
The most popular theory about the Termites are that they're cannibals, playing off The Hunters from the comics or the dairy farmers from the Telltale Games video game series. Other theories -- particularly because they seem to have had a serious loss in their fairly recent past -- include that they have been the victims of cannibals, or that their group had run afoul of Woodbury at some point in the past.