I love how Daryl always goes into high-alert whenever someone mentions anything that has something to do with Carol. At first Rick is the only one in the shot, pointing his gun at the Savior, asking him if he “won”. And that’s when Daryl pops into the shot, because he needs to know if the Savior won, because if the Savior won, that means Carol didn’t. (Just keep in mind that Carol is obviously the only person Daryl is thinking of when the Kingdom is mentioned.)
Then Daryl’s concern turns instantly to worry when the Savior tells them that no one won. That’s when Daryl steps up and starts questioning the him.
And Daryl gets frantic, gets scared. Because no. This can’t be happening. He bends down to shove the gun right in the Savior’s face because he just can’t accept this answer.
Daryl’s fear is so evident in this scene. In everything he does. He says “bullshit”, but his hand shakes as he holds the gun, and he can’t talk anymore. Just stands up and stares at the Savior.
He absolutely could not swallow the fact that Carol might be dead.
When the Savior alluded to it, Daryl denied it right away, because the thought terrified him, and it was something unfathomable.
And then the look on his face when the Savior says that she’s alive. He breathes out a sigh, his shoulders sink. I really think that that expression showed that kind of relief you get after you have such a scare, after something so terrifying almost happens. It’s relief but it’s also recovering from your fear and it takes a second to feel full relief.
I feel like this whole scene was made to show the moment Daryl’s blood runs cold, the moment where he thinks something happened to Carol. Because that would be the worst thing Daryl could imagine…
Because let’s be real and say that the only person Daryl cared about in the Kingdom group was Carol. This scene was all about her, and all about showing Daryl’s fear of losing her. Really. It served absolutely no other purpose whatsoever. It was meant to convey and reaffirm that losing Carol is the worst thing that could ever happen to Daryl.