Okay. We all know Norman is sick to death of the shipping questions. We’re all sick to death of shipping questions. There is way more to the show than Daryl shacking up with someone, as he so eloquently put it, and I’m sure he wants the fans and interviewers to understand that.
Norman has said in multiple interviews that Daryl and Carol are like brother and sister, that’s the bond and love they share. I think the only way he could be more clear is if he wore a shirt that said “Caryl ain’t gonna happen, now leave me alone.” and have Gimple and Nicotero’s signatures on it. That or issue a public warning that the next person who asks gets a punch in the junk.
That’s actually a really funny visual. Take a second and think about it and laugh. I sure did.
And seriously, that’s what I wanted to do with this interviewer. Norman JUST SAID “Daryl and Carol are like brother and sister.” And what does he follow that up with? “Does Daryl get to eat Carol’s cookies?” (or whatever idiotic innuendo he came up with) WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK? Did you not listen to anything that man said? Good Lord! Yeah, Because now Daryl is into incestual relationships. Idiot.
I digress. So, the main point of this post…what if…WHAT IF…Norman is sick of the shipping questions, especially those asking about Caryl, because it’s getting harder and harder for him to dodge them? It’s all he can do to keep spewing the same answer over and over so he doesn’t accidentally blurt out, “Meanwhile, Beth and Daryl…”
Remember before Season 5 MSF, he would say, “I get asked that all the time…Daryl and Carol, or Beth or Rick or Glenn or Michonne,” and try to dodge the question that way, so it’s not obvious who he wants to be paired with or where the writers might take the show. But now that everything has to be so darn hush-hush, that’s when he started explaining Caryl as brother/sister love, not romantic at all.
He’s said before that “Once Daryl falls in love with someone, it’s for life.” Uh…I do believe 5x10 proved that Daryl loved Beth, and not in a platonic/brother-sister way. He may not have known it, but he was in LOVE with that girl…and still is (you can see it whenever Aaron brings up the “good people” thing, Daryl gets a look that screams “Beth was good. Beth taught me I was good. Beth taught me to see the good in others.”)
In this recent interview he calls it “shacking up” with someone. Remember how he basically told Beth he wouldn’t mind just living in that house, just the two of them, and they’d make it work? he was all kinds of ready to play house with her, which just further confirms his love for Beth.
But what the hell else can he do (besides junk-punch people…and GOD I want that to be a thing now)? He can’t give any spoilers about “maybe someone will come along” because they’ve already confirmed that he loves Beth and will keep loving her, regardless of whether she comes back or not (she will). He can’t say that Daryl’s still holding out hope for Beth to come back because we’re all supposed to believe she’s dead.
I wish I could end this more eloquently…there’s something else there, but my brain can’t pin it down…not yet anyway. I may be reposting with my addendum.