Everybody Calm Your Tits…
This is not gonna be a “cheer up gang” kind of post, I am not going to post any CARYL pictures or put up some of our meaningful quotes and I am not gonna tell you that everything is perfectly fine…
I am also not going to express my anger and loathing at AMC and TWD because they have betrayed us, led us on to believe in things that weren’t there and I am certainly not going to “jump ship” and abandon a bond that has inspired so many of us….
Because I don’t have to - there is no need for panic - no need for lashing out and disappointment and most definitely no need for any hasty second-guessing what we all believe in…
We are all rational, intelligent, thoughtful individuals and as such we look at a situation from all angles, we consider the “full-complete meaning” of the words presented, we FACTS into consideration AND we consider the motivation of what could possibly be taking place.
Nothing is black and white, nothing is set in stone and even this little “bump” in our shipping universe isn’t for “certain” either…
Let’s take a look shall we;
"Daryl implies that he has feelings for her, but before Beth can respond, walkers swarm the house."
There are two things to consider;
1. Implies doesn’t mean he actually has the feelings in question. Just as Nicotero said he “thought” or he “felt” Daryl might be falling in love in “Alone” the person writing this summary is interpreting the situation and in turn interpreting Daryl’s feelings and actions.
Remember this is not Daryl “saying” anything - it’s a third party observing a scene and essentially thinking that what Daryl was doing meant that he’s implying something, which could be true or not!
2. The “has feelings” line also doesn’t identify said “feelings” as romantic or otherwise. Keep in mind that Daryl and Beth didn’t exactly have a real “relationship” of any kind prior to the fall of the prison so the experience they shared in the wilderness would have not just bonded them as survivors but also as “friends” and “family”. From what we saw on screen Daryl had been largely indifferent to Beth up until now and “feelings” aren’t exactly his forte so saying he now “has feelings” for her could very well mean that he now looks at her differently - as a friend, a sister or family.
He didn’t know her or cared about her before but now he does!
An important thing to consider is Norman’s own interpretation of Daryl’s inner workings;
"always saw that as if he did, he didn’t understand those feelings. He might have felt them. But it wasn’t a thing yet.He was sort of uncomfortable with those feelings."
Norman has described Daryl as awkward and confused when it comes to “feelings” and human connections in general - his demeanour and how he feels and acts on romantic tendencies has still been unexplored which means that trying to “interpret” how he would act them out brings a whole new element of mystery. Daryl is awkward with almost everyone and his awkwardness in “Alone”, especially since we were seeing him alone with Beth, was more localized and amplified because it normally takes him a long time to get comfortable with anything new, not to mention a new dynamic he needs to figure out how to deal with.
Since awkward is certainly present when we talk romantic bonds I can see how the Kitchen Scene could be seen like it might-possibly have that element (if you don’t consider the other things about Daryl)
Since the episodes aired we have heard Norman Reedus himself as well as numerous other show insiders describe the Daryl and Beth dynamic without a romantic aspect AND the theme of Daryl finding hope in Beth has popped up time and time again.
Nicotero himself has said three times that his “romantic” perception was not in the script whatsoever - those episodes were not written as a way to develop a Beth and Daryl love connection.
They were two people who ended up alone and together by sheer luck of the draw after everyone scattered, they needed to stick close in order to survive and the tragedy that surrounded them created a “deeper bond” between them.
Two individuals got familiar with the person that was not just most different from themselves but also the person they had the least to do with - where there were no feelings before now there are feelings!
The AMC summary didn’t say ROMANTIC feelings BUT what they did do is once again muddy the waters with ambiguity, increase tension within the fandom, keep the questioning and anticipation at a maximum AND make sure that Daryl’s love life is once again used as a pawn to generate buzz and hype.
The biggest thing in all of this and perhaps something that is inadvertently on the CARYL side is the very fact that AMC would NEVER-EVER confirm CANON for Daryl with anyone else so casually in a character summary AND not mention it anywhere ELSE!!!
Just as it was so slyly included in the Alone summary before (and then removed) including a line about this only in Beth’s summary is very suspect to begin with but even a casual viewer has been known to find HUGE mistakes in the rest of the character bios as well, which leads me to believe that the reliability of something like this without confirmation from other more “accurate” sources is not something to worry about.
Carylers already have so much more factual-confirmed information to rely on, we have filming spoilers indicating that Carol and Daryl barely leave each other’s side, we have emotionally taxing reunions to watch and we have promotional material once again pairing them up together as a duo!
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