There is this odd suggestion going on with the AMC Network show.....The Walking Dead. Some folks have suggested that since they don't have any real gay characters.....they need to identify one of the primary characters as such. The suggestion? Daryl, the bow-hunter.
Yeah, the character of Daryl has become the hero of sorts for the zombie series. There are two hero characters on the show....Rick (the cop) and Daryl (the bow-hunter).
The necessity of having a gay character? Well....some people just watch the series and kinda note after a while that everyone seems to have regular sexual lifestyles....no one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, into bondage, a toy-freak, cross-dressing, or into dressing up as German Nazi Gestapo type people for bedroom fun. In the midst of all the zombie attacks and revolutionary wars going on within the script.....I have to admit I hadn't really thought much about lack of lesbians or cross-dressing lifestyles or transexuals not being around in this fantasy of zombies attacking society.
The fact that we've cross over fifty episodes now, and Daryl's lifestyle hasn't been even marginally discussed? Well....it'd seem awful hard to suddenly come up into the fifth season and suggest Daryl was a closet-gay-guy for this entire period of zombie attacks. You might as well suggest that Rick was a member of the KKK or a life-long member of the Democratic Party....as if it matters in the zombie era.
This all brings me to the discussion of older series that were successful and how we'd have to accomodate certain things in 2014 with certain characters.
Boneza? Hoss would have had to have been gay.
Gilligan's Island? Mary Ann and Ginger would have some type of bisexual relationship going on, between them, the professor and maybe Gilligan.
Edith from All in the Family would have some relationship on the side with her beautician friend.....a black gal in her forties.
Kitty from Gunsmoke would have some lesbian girlfriend.
John-boy from the Waltons would have had some hot lusty affair with a traveling male shoe salesman from Baltimore.
Mr Ed (the horse) would have had a secretive gay affair with another gay horse from the local riding club.
All the sailor guys on McHale's Navy would have been gay or bisexual.
It's an indication of where society has gone over the past twenty years.....just unable to accept a plain regular story anymore.....demanding that there is some lusty sex, and something of a raw nature challenging their fantasy world. I'm not even sure that Sanford and Son could survive today....without Fred waking up from a hard night of drinking....to find both his cousin Ester and some other gal in bed with him, and discussing the idea of the three getting married in Utah over the weekend.