Three Show-Runners and One CARYL
The CARYL dynamic has a proven, consistent record of significance for TWD!
The Carol and Daryl interactions were deemed to be important enough for the show itself since the very first “parallel” scene they shared in Season 1, Episode 5 “Wildfire” when Daryl handed Carol a pick ax and silently watched her free herself from Ed’s crippling hold.
Whether it was intentional or a mind-blowing byproduct of the ridiculously powerful on and off-screen chemistry between Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus that seemingly inconspicuous little scene set the wheels of motion for the magic that is CARYL.
TWD now has 4 Seasons under its belt and while a lot has changed from the beginning there are a few things that stayed constant, stayed strong…unfaltering…
The writers slowly but deliberately steady developed Carol and Daryl individually but kept them close to one another, separate from the rest…bringing it out in the open with tiny emotionally charged glimpses of what it could be…how powerful and how good it could be…how good it already was.
4 Seasons with numerous writers on rotation and THREE DIFFERENT SHOWRUNNERS!
Frank Darabont cast Melissa McBride because her few minute on the Mist impressed him so much that he knew she could bring something extraordinary to the role of Carol Peletier. Once she was paired up with the resident bad boy Daryl Dixon, Darabont knew that kind of organic attraction and natural ease between two people needs to be spotlighted and preserved.
Glen Mazzara took what Darabont discovered and made special started and gave it even more life and “oomph” in Season 3. After all he gave us the infamous “bus” scene, heartfelt “Stay Safe” lines and the unforgettable step-by-step insight in to Daryl’s grief when Carol was believed to be “dead”.
Prior leaving the show he was quoted as saying;
“That Carol/Daryl dynamic has become so important to the heart of the show that I hope the writers moving ahead realize that.” (X)
Scott Gimple took over Mazzara in Season 4 but was already well versed in CARYL speak and was and continues to be a documented Carol-Melissa McBride fan-boy.
Gimple has written some of the best Carol and Daryl scene and was the genius behind The Grove, where Melissa was finally given the material worthy of her magnificent acting chops.
Time and time again Gimple has come through for both Carol and CARYL fans - when it counted of course, and HE chose to highlight the CARYL connection even while Carol and Daryl were separated.
The best answer would be because CARYL is important to TWD and because it somehow fits with HIS bigger picture, HIS endgame, HIS vision of the story HE is helping to tell…
Why else would a relationship like CARYL survive 4 Seasons worth of complications, conflicts, deaths, separations, new characters and heartbreak…all the while continuing it’s evolution and slow burning but scorching hot chemistry?
Why would 3 DIFFERENT SHOW-RUNNERS have exactly the same idea about CARYL and chose to not just keep it alive and growing BUT actually invest genuine emotional investment into a bond between 2 people that are not going anywhere…whose relationship is just suddenly going to END and be replaced by a romantically cliché travesty that was not just born out of literally nothing but is as unoriginal as a trashy romance novel that we all know even Daryl is privy too?
Three Show-Runners - Darabont, Mazzara and Gimple have felt CARYL matters SO really who are we to doubt BIG SHOTS who essentially created what we love and obsess over in the first place?
CARYL On My Lovelies - We Are In Good Company!