So, look. I'm not at all surprised Melissa moved me to tears in this episode because she slays me every damn time. But can I just give a shoutout to Mr. Reedus?
Because that little “Why’d you go?” just about finished me off. The hurt in his voice, and his body language the whole episode…I think the man is pretty underrated. He’s really brought Daryl to life, and when he and MMB share scenes? It’s fucking magic, man. She’s already a master class (IMO), but when they’re in scenes together, they elevate each other’s game.
Take note, TPTB. Forget this whole absence makes the heart grow fonder shit, and reunite these two for good. They’re each compelling in their right, but together? Let me just put it this way. Was Mulder not better when he had Scully by his side? What about William Adama and Laura Roslin? I could go on, but I won’t. And really. Carol and Daryl, in my mind at least, are just as much a part of each other as these characters are a part of each other.
So. Let this latest separation be blessedly short. Because these two? Deserve to be together. They deserve to know love and be able to actually bask in it, openly, for more than 5 damn seconds.
And hey. If it’s the whole thrill of the chase, longing pining thing you’re afraid of losing, don’t be. Because I think we all know, MMB and NR are more than up to the task of continuing their beautiful story and taking it forward naturally. The characters, the portrayers, and the fans have all earned that much.