I feel like they’re setting this up to have some clear contrast in episode ten.
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Ok. Hear me out. For a long time, while Carol’s living at this house, Morgan and Ezekiel will probably frequently check in on her – give her some supplies, make sure she’s alright, and have short therapy sessions with her because they both want to help her and both think they’re psychiatrists. So for a long time, Carol’s only visitors will be Morgan and Ezekiel (and Shiva). She’ll grow accustomed to that, and most likely soon, she’ll grow tired of it. She’ll probably roll her eyes as she goes to answer that knock on the door, already knowing who’s going to be on the other side…
Until one day, it will be neither Morgan or Ezekiel.
I expect for Carol to not see Daryl at first, when he approaches the house. And then she’ll hear a knock on the door (because yes, I think he’s going to knock – just to be cute), roll her eyes because she just knows it’s going to be one of her therapists…. but then, it’s not.
And every last bit of Carol’s facade and armor will drop and disintegrate because the shock of seeing Daryl will be such an emotional punch that I think it will break her, and she’ll burst into tears, her feelings all spilling out.
I think we’re supposed to see the difference Morgan and Ezekiel visiting Carol, and Daryl visiting Carol. Because she’ll most likely be sick of Morgan and Ezekiel showing up at her doorstep come episode ten. But then, the person who knows her inside out, who loves her and who she loves…. the person who can always shatter her walls with one look… the one she least expects to ever appear on her doorstep (and also, the one she’s maybe been subconsciously waiting for?)….
Daryl will be there when she opens that door. And that will be something huge.