We don't know what to do with ourselves since losing half of one of the most kick-ass love-hate teams on TV. (Check out all our recaps and provocative commentary here.) Sure, brothers Merle and Daryl Dixon suspected, undermined, infuriated, and disappointed each other, but that's what partnership and family is all about, right? When the offal hit the rotating blades, each knew where the other stood. Sigh. But done is done, and we're trying our best to move on and find solace and bromance elsehwere. Still, we're not sure that any of our desperate attempts to fill the Dixon void are exactly working.
1) Because of the shorter haircut and worse attitude, Castle's Detective Javier Esposito would give Merle a go, but Detective Kevin Ryan isn't outlaw enough for Daryl's poncho, and makes even the ratty look natty. As replacement Dixons, FAIL.
2) Merle was crazy, but not for 80s eurosynth and
toys collectibles like Shawn of Psych. Gus's blood-sugar issues would leave him woozy walker bait, he'd lose his voice screaming, and the Super Sniffer couldn't handle all that decomp. These new Dixons are a worse fit than our first try. We must be deranged with grief.
3) Okay—at least Justified's Raylan and Boyd have southern-fried flavor. And TWD has long, empty stretches for the elaborate dialogue between frenemies. But are we allowing mere geography to seduce us away from more offbeat but powerful new Dixons?
4) No, no we're not.
Maybe our big problem is that none of our new Dixons play brothers. But frankly, when entering the churning waters concerning brotherly characters, well… let's just say online fandom tends to postulate the, um, closeness of those sibling relationships beyond just sharing bunk beds, if-you-know-what-we-mean-and-we-think-you-do.
We've never seen anyone 'shipping Merle and Daryl that way, but then again, our retinas didn't want to know. If such mourning fans are out there, we do sympathize with their loss, not to mention respecting the challenges of fan-fic choreography around Merle's tooled-up arm. And should those bereft fans just need a new set of brothers to ship, if The Avengers' Thor-ki won't do the trick, as far as we know, the Winchesters of Supernatural are still taking all comers.
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