Leaders and Followers

Imagine: The group is taking a day to decide on Randall’s fate, but you’re on Dale’s side. You think everyone’s being too hasty. You’re disappointed in your husband, Daryl, too, but for different reasons.

Follows season 2 episode 11, “Judge, Jury, and Executioner” because I absolutely LOVE that one. This is a long one because I’ve been working on it for a while.

Leaders and Followers

You were filling up two water bottles from the hose attached to the side of the farmhouse and worrying your bottom lip with your teeth as you did. This Randall kid was bad news for the group. He’d nearly cost Shane and Rick their lives, Rick’s twice now, and there was no way you could just keep him tied up in the toolshed for the rest of his life. You frowned and turned off the hose, screwing the caps onto the water bottles and shaking the water from your hands. “We’ll figure it out.” You remind yourself again.

You walk back around to the campsite where you had left Daryl not ten minutes ago in order to make him the bottles. See, he loved to do this thing called ‘scaring you to death by not drinking any water all day and nearly passing out from dehydration’. So, if he was going to spend all day hunting, then you wanted to make sure he had water with him. “Where’s Daryl?” You ask when you reach the fire pit and see that he’s gone missing.

Rick and Shane exchange glances, and Dale seems upset as he says, “Toolshed.”

You frown. “Why?”

“Ask them.” Dale points at the leaders of the group.

“Y/N,” Rick starts.

“I’m just going to go get him.” You say, a little cross. You liked Rick, and you thought he was an honest man, but you didn’t like the way he treated Daryl and you sometimes. You especially didn’t like the way Shane treated you both at all.

You set the water bottles down next to your backpack before making the short trek over the grass and to the tool shed. When you got closer, you heard exactly what you hoped you wouldn’t—Randall was crying and begging for Daryl to stop whatever he was doing, and there was the muffled sound of fists landing punches. You picked up your pace.

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CARYL - They All Know

TPTB have tried to keep the nature of the CARYL relationship as somewhat ambiguous in terms of traditionally labeling what they are to one another but have been pretty consistent with establishing a pattern of subtle canon ‘signs’ or references that connect Carol and Daryl as their own semi-independent ‘entity’. 

The group of survivors have become each other’s surrogate family, both out of necessity and build up of trust BUT divisions within the dynamic are still provident and unquestionable. There are mini families within the big family unit that sometimes have to take precedence because of the inter-dynamic based on deeper bonds and elevated 'family allegiance’. 

Carol and Daryl established their emotional connection in Season 2 without specifically giving it a title but there is no denying that they were naturally gravitating towards each other and in a way becoming a duo even a casual viewer would notice. 

Really - the ambiguity and tension was there from the very beginning.

The writers explored the “thing” between them by creating scenes that either pushed the relationship forward or reminded the audience that the interactions shared were indeed “deeper” than anything they were building with the others. 

As Carol and Daryl navigated the boundaries of their connection, TPTB worked out exchanges that could pass as ambiguous but always in a way that validated their connection as 'extra special’ and deeper on a whole new level. The subtle trail of canon acknowledgment, starting in Season 2, illustrated that Carol and Daryl in a way claimed one another as their personal responsibility and the writers pushed that notion through both others in the group and their own actions. 

That is not a recent development either and let’s just say that the CARYL 'secret’ was something many of them noticed and acknowledged with quiet understanding and assumed conviction. 

In other words the Carol and Daryl duality was a natural conclusion by their new family spectators and one they weren’t shy to use, especially it was needed. 

If one needed information on Daryl, Carol was the person they went to and if Daryl needed influencing or coaxing, Carol was the most likely name thrown at him when decisions were being made. 

CARYL is very much a real THING and we have canon evidence that clearly supports that the person closest to Daryl is Carol and vice versa.

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