Short but sweet post on why C@rzekiel (or any other ship besides Caryl) isn’t going to happen.
It’s frankly impossible for Carol and/or Daryl to be romantically interested in anyone else or BE in a romantic relationship with anyone else because the show, the producers, actors themselves, have confirmed that Daryl cares more about Carol than anything, Carol means more to Daryl than anything else.
They created a situation where it would literally be VERY difficult to give Carol OR Daryl alternative pairings because loving eachother above others, caring for eachother above others, meaning more to eachother above others, leaves VERY little to NO room for a happy, successful relationship.
So… what? Should Daryl be in a relationship with Rosita or Jesus, they can say ‘’ I would totally let you die for Carol’s physical and mental health. ‘’
Or Ez3kiel telling Carol ‘’ Sure honey, tell Daryl that you absolutely cannot lose him. It’s okay. ‘’
Or one of them telling Daryl or Carol that ‘’ it’s okay really, value Daryl/Carol more than me, it’s all good. I understand. ‘’
It simply would not work.
Carol spent practically all of Season 7 cold to everyone. Morgan and Ez3kiel. Carol told them repeatedly to go away. She wanted nothing to do with anyone.
But when Daryl arrives, she’s breathless, crying, hugging him, making him dinner, talking to him, staring at him with a huge smile on her face while he eats, hugs him again while having her hands in his hair, literally breathing him in.
They made it KNOWN that Daryl is Carol’s exception. They made it known that Carol cares about Daryl more than anything, they made it KNOWN that she didn’t want to be away from Daryl.
Daryl spent Season 7 tortured and when he got away, he was focused on revenge and killing, EXCEPT when it nearly costed Carol’s life. Daryl beat someone for putting her life at risk.
It was Daryl who said
‘’ She gets hurt, she dies, she catches a fever, she gets taken out by a walker… She gets hit by lightening. Anything. Anything happens to her, I’ll kill you. ‘’
It was Daryl who was apprehensive and on the verge of tears on Carol’s porch, it was Daryl who put Carol above everyone else and lied to her, to protect her emotionally and physically. It’s Daryl who knows that if Carol knew what had happened, she’d lead them all to The Saviors and kill them all. It’s Daryl who knows that Carol would be an asset to the war.
But despite knowing that, he still lies to her, to protect her, because he cares about her more than anything. She means more to him than anything. (Confirmed by NR himself) And Gale Ann Hurd who said that nothing would incense Daryl more than putting Carol at risk.
Not to mention, it’s Carol who was seen reading the romance novel called ‘’ Denim Dreams ‘’ AFTER Ez3kiel and the other Kingdomer’s leave but BEFORE Daryl comes knocking. It’s Carol and Daryl who were fully dressed in denim.
By going through all that effort to show that Daryl is the most important person to Carol and Carol being the most important person to Carol, they made it a fact that a romantic relationship with anyone else but eachother simply would not work. It would not be successful. It would not be real. (ahem, Tobin and Carol).
Carol is the only possible lover for Daryl and Daryl is the only possible lover for Carol. They are eachother’s safe space. There is no space left in Carol’s or Daryl’s heart to develop a new love. There can’t be anyone else between them, it would not work.
That’s all but been confirmed in words and Caryl being canon.
But knowing what we know, we KNOW that a romantic relationship with anyone else but eachother doesn’t just not make any sense, it would be impossible.