“The Walking Dead” is on hiatus, which means you must wait all summer to see Daryl Dixon’s impressive muscles – uhhh … crossbow skills. Sure, you can watch wildlings shoot archery on “Game of Thrones” for a few more bloody episodes, but what if you need crossbow action? Until Daryl re-emerges in September to ward off zombies, check out these TV and movie crossbow users, and use the next few months to catch up on scenes you might have missed.
Allison Argent, “Teen Wolf”
Better known for her skills with a bow before her death-by-demon exit in Season 3 of MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) also occasionally carried a crossbow.
Audrey Bennett, Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac and Dr. Edward Dalton, “Daybreakers”
“Daybreakers” proves that crossbows are popular with vampires like Dr. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), humans like Audrey Bennett (Claudia Karvan) and former vampires like Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac (Willem Dafoe). These characters carry conventional crossbows, crossbow pistols and shotgun-crossbow combos.
Buffy Summers, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”
A wooden stake isn’t the only weapon for fighting vampires, demons and dark forces, as Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) proves on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”
Charlotte “Charlie” Matheson, “Revolution”
On NBC’s “Revolution,” the world is without power and low on guns. Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) hunts with a crossbow, which the actress calls “a very cool, very powerful little tool.”
Daryl Dixon, “The Walking Dead”
OK, so this story is about crossbow users besides Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), but no list is complete without this character. Zombies beware: Daryl is determined to survive the zombie apocalypse, and he’s a pro at stopping the walkers on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
Faith Lehane, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”
Played by real-life bowhunter Eliza Dushku, slayer Faith Lehane fought evil and wreaked havoc in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and spin-off series, “Angel.”
Gale Hawthorne, “Mockingjay Part 1”
His hunting partner, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), has inspired a new generation of archers to pick up the sport, but Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) carries a crossbow while filming “Mockingjay Part 1.” Enjoy this still photo until the feature film opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 21.
Granny Lucas, “Once Upon a Time”
Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Certainly not Granny Lucas (Beverley Elliott) on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” thanks to her badass crossbow and accurate aim.
Gretel, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”
As Agent Clint Barton/Hawkeye in “The Avengers,” Jeremy Renner made incredible shots with his Hoyt bow. But in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” it was Renner’s co-star, Gemma Arterton, carrying the (cross) bow.
Jeremy Gilbert, “Vampire Diaries”
Vampires have more to fear than bright sunlight with Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) armed with a crossbow on the CW’s “Vampire Diaries.”
JJ McQuade, “Lonewolf McQuade”
“Chuck Norris doesn’t have good aim. His bullets just know better than to miss.”
Maybe the same is true for JJ’s (Chuck Norris) crossbow arrows in “Lonewolf McQuade”
Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon, “Game of Thrones”
Before his (spoiler!) death by poison wine at his wedding, King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) helped Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) shoot this fancy crossbow on “Game of Thrones” on Starz.
MTV Host, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
During a battle scene in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” Kanye West plays an unnamed MTV host who shoots a crossbow from a rooftop and wears an impressive combination of leather, white sneakers and a wolf T-shirt.
Selene, “Underworld: Evolution”
Part-vampire Selene, played by Kate Beckinsale, wields a crossbow in “Underworld: Evolution.”
The Huntress, “Arrow”
Played by Jessica De Gouw, Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress carried a crossbow on CW’s “Arrow.”
Van Helsing, “Van Helsing”
Hugh Jackman knows how to use “adamantium” claws as Wolverine, and hunts monsters with an automatic crossbow as the title character in “Van Helsing.”
Feature image: AMC