this isn't hate, I genuinely want to know why people ship Jesus with Daryl?
I think all of us were first enamored by the chemistry they shared throughout 610. The entire episode (which was the first lighthearted one in a long time) felt very reminiscent of a meet-cute, and their antagonistic yet playful dynamic was so electric and entertaining it felt as if it could have been stripped from the script of a rom-com. We literally watched gruff, irritable Daryl chase a smooth, cheeky guy named ‘Jesus’ through a field, and then later cozy up in the back seat of a car as the guy kept falling and resting his head on his shoulder.
I mean come on, ships have been built on much less. This is OTP material right here, my friends.
In all seriousness, I think the chemistry between them was palpable the entire episode, but it wasn’t necessarily romantic the entire time. I knew Jesus was a gay character going into the episode, so I was already watching with that knowledge informing their interactions. For me, the first moment the lightbulb went off in my head that romantic seeds were possibly being planted was when Jesus shot the walker to save Daryl when they were fighting in the Sorghum truck. By the time Jesus was falling on Daryl’s shoulder in the car, I was a goner.
I remember thinking ‘I have no idea if they’ll go anywhere with that, but people are going to start shipping them, mark my words’ as the episode aired. Then, on TTD after 610, Tom was asked if Jesus was really awake in the car scene. Tom agreed that he was probably conscious by that time. Of his own volition, he then said “maybe Jesus was falling onto Daryl on purpose” and that “he was enjoying it on the inside” and I knew the fandom was going to explode.
After that, I made this blog and gained 1000+ followers in a matter of like 3 days haha, so I wasn’t the only fan who felt that way so quickly. It’s only grown since then.
611 solidified the tangible chemistry between them for me. That scene where wide-eyed, well-spoken Jesus apologizes to suspicious, narrow-eyed Daryl at the table was rife with that same electric dynamic. The tension between them was so thick you could cut it with a knife.
Basically, none of us are saying that Daryl and Jesus are “in love” after those two episodes. We’re just noticing an awesome chemistry between the two and the potential for something to happen between their characters down the line. Knowing what the audience knows about both characters at this point, I think they could absolutely fall in love with each other. Only time will tell.
Even more importantly, Daryl having romantic and/or sexual interest in men would be incredibly important for the LGBT+ community. While that man doesn’t have to be Jesus, he already has amazing chemistry with him. Jesus is gay in canon (and before anyone tries to argue that he might not like men on the show, trust me, he will) and may or may not have other love interests this season and beyond, but Daryl being a part of that would be even more groundbreaking and revolutionary for LGBT+ representation throughout television. The “badass” redneck adored by dudebros, ladies, and kids alike being romantically interested in a man and that being depicted as healthy and loving? That would be far more significant and meaningful on a global sociological scale than Daryl hooking up with any of his other popular love interests.
There’s a lot more I could say but I feel like I’m rambling so I’ll end it here. I can’t speak for everyone, so other Desus fans are welcome to reblog and share their thoughts as well.