30 Best 'Walking Dead' Characters

From survivors to Saviors, the Governor to Negan – the greatest heroes, villains and everything-in-between of AMC's hit zombie-horror show

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Daryl Dixon
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2. Daryl Dixon

The Walking Dead is a show that traffics in iconography – and and you do not get more iconographic than the show's scraggly-haired, crossbow-wielding, motorcycle-riding hunter. First introduced as an angry redneck and evolving into one of the series' most striking figures, Daryl has revealed more dimensions over time, and Norman Reedus' performance helping to expose an unsurpassed kindness and commitment to the hero’s closest companions. So far in Season Seven he's been stubbornly resisting Negan's efforts to recruit him; it's been easy to see why his enemy would much rather convert him than kill him. Even without his good brother Merle (R.I.P., the Other Dixon), Daryl is one of a handful of the show's characters who seem like they could get along just fine in this world without any help. Drop him into the wild with no weapons, food, or clothes – and he’d still outlive everyone cowering behind walker-battered walls.

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