Hi, anon! I’m going to put my answer to this behind a read more, because at the moment, #teamtheymad is exploding with all kinds of bleepery and I’m about ten thousand percent done with their bizarre lunacy. More ahead, but if you want the tl;dr, I’ll give it to you right here.
Anyone who believes that Daryl’s feelings for Carol are on the same level as his feelings for every other member of Team Family — who believes that she is not special to him, who believes that the two of them are not bound at the soul due to the totality of the horrifying mess they’ve had to endure together since they met — is not watching this show.
Norman Reedus himself said (three times, I’m pretty sure) that Carol is Daryl’s girl.
Seriously. It’s not even a discussion. Over and out. But of course I can’t leave it there, so have a bunch of exploding love about these characters.