Yeah, I'm always going to ship C@ryl, canon or no. I love their relationship, how it's progressed & how they respect each other. I don't ship either w other characters just because. Neither NEED a ship. C doesn't need romance to be loved & appreciated, IMO, & right now, no one is more worthy of her than D. If C@ryl does or doesn't happen, it won't be bc of a random NR interview. NR doesn't say anything insightful or original abt his own character, I'm not expecting it for C@ryl, tbh
Hi anon!! xx
I agree to some extent
Shipping isn’t about onscreen canon, or validation. It’s about sharing the love we all have for the ship.No expectations means no disappointment. People who desperately want to try and prove something by wanting onscreen canon are completely missing the point of what shipping is about in the first place.
Neither character needs romance. They can both stand on their own. Neither needs romance to have happines. Romance is merely a small part of how hapiness may be achieved.
I agree that Daryl Dixon is the most likely candidate to be paired with Carol for a romantic relationship right now, however, I don’t think she should be limited to just him as a prospective potential partner, though I realise she’ll either get with him, or they’ll keep both single and string the fans along forever more. I also agree that Norman has very little to say about his character. On one hand I would defend him and argue he needs to be interview by better journalists who are prepared to venture beyond the usual ” So when is Daryl gonna find love, or, what’s your favourite superhero walker kill?!”, but then on the other, I personally have to step back and think “Well, right now, what else is there to ask about this character”. Norman isn’t that insightful because what he says in interviews, and what we see onscreen…………well, there’s a significant difference in my opinion, and I find myself more and more disinterested in the character I once placed in my top 2 with each passing episode.It’s a real shame.
I respect that some people can’t ship anything but Caryl, and that’s totally fine. Personally, I can easily ship Carol with ANYONE. I literally mean anyone because I put her at the top of my priorities and always look for opportunity to ship her with anyone if that would make her happy. I don’t love Caryl any less. I just find having multiple ships for Carol is something which appeals to me personally. I don’t see why she should have to sit around all lonely just because TPTB don’t know whether to piss or get off the pot. I sometimes feel like this constant ship trolling of Caryl is holding her back because they don’t want to make it happen, but they like the attention it gets for the show. it annoys me but I’ve accepted it’s just business for the show and they won’t care about frustrated fans as long as they get the money, attention and media coverage they are looking for.
Regardless of any media comments, I don’t think either Carol or Daryl are in a place for romance right now………absolutely NO. They’ve both got some personal issues to deal with and overcome before they can even THINK about romance. It’s not on their minds, and they aren’t ready. I DON’T want them in a relationship right now because it would be an unhealthy one with regards to the romantic aspect. Leave romance out of it and they’ve got one of the strongest, most unique bonds imaginable, but until they jump over these personal hurdles (identity crisis, emotional issues, history of abuse, lack of self esteem and confidence, being closed off, intimacy issues etc etc) then I don’t think romance is the best thing for them. Perhaps they might deal with that in 6A, and early 6b and perhaps open up to the idea of romance in latter 6b……………..but I set my expectations low. Right now, I don’t think it’s happening, but I love to read both positive and cautious posts.
Going back to my first comment. Caryl doesn’t NEED to happen for me. If it happens, that’s merely a bonus to my shipping experience. Two months ago I was freaking out and all “omg it’s not happening I’ve wasted all this time and my life is overrr blaaahhh!!”, but now I’m much more relaxed.
This ship is so beautiful, it’s like it’s already winning.It’s easier to just not care about canon and be happy with what we’ve got.
I can’t remember the exact phrasing but Melissa McBride sometimes talks about “not arriving before you get there”, and this is something, in the last few days I’ve come to understand and try to act out. One day we will get our answer for sure. It will either be YES. Or it will be NO. Until then, I think we should all just make the most of what we’ve got .
*Enjoy shipping, enjoy fandom, enjoy fanart, enjoy fanfiction, enjoy tumblr, enjoy posts, enjoy smut if you want, enjoy talking with each other and forming lasting friendships over a ship, just ENJOY IT!*