I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this already, and it may be absolutely nothing…but…
I was just thinking about an interesting parallel that we saw in episode 6 x 15 “East”.
Daryl takes off to go and avenge Denise’s death. He is out to kill Dwight. Denise played the role of Beth’s proxy in episode 6 x 14, reminding the audience of Beth and Daryl’s time together all throughout season 4B. In her death, she reminded Daryl of losing Beth…that loss of Beth through his negligence, Denise dying because of his negligence as well.
Rick goes after Carol in this episode after she leaves Alexandria. During his trip with Morgan and their discussion on Carol, Rick articulates that he is doing so because Carol is family. He also justifies Carol’s actions at the prison in regards to putting Karen and David down saying, in a nutshell, she did it to save the group.
In essence, Daryl is making a choice for Beth (in extension through Denise), and Rick is making the choice to go after Carol.
In season 5, when Daryl returns from Atlanta with Noah where he had discovered that Beth was being held and Carol was taken, Daryl is clearly on a mission to get Beth back. Beth had been his mission since he lost her in season 4B, so much so that he left TF behind in episode 5 x 2 to chase after the cross car in the middle of the night…his only solid clue on Beth.
At the church, when Rick and Co. are fortifying the building so they have a safe place to leave Carl and Judith to go on the rescue mission, Rick makes it clear that he is going on this recue mission for Carol. He says that he owes her everything in reference to Carol’s actions at Terminus that allowed Rick and Co. to fight free, saving their lives. He doesn’t once mention going on that mission for Beth.
In season 5, even though Daryl and Rick are part of the same rescue mission, Daryl is on that rescue mission for Beth and Rick for Carol. In season 6, on separate paths, Daryl is driven by a remembrance of Beth to go after Dwight and seek vengeance, while Rick is trying to find and bring Carol back into the fold.
In season 5, it was episode 7 in which Daryl, Rick, and the rest of the rescue party headed to Atlanta for Beth and Carol. In season 6, these separate motivations…separate paths occurred in episode 15. But, if we split the seasons in their natural halves in accordance to the mid-season finales and lay season 5A by 6B, both of these events occur in the seventh episode of each half season.
Just adding this to another long line of Beth/Bethyl
parallels in season 6.