just got a comment on one of my twd posts about caryl.
“the writers of twd are assholes.”
okay, i got a question? why are they assholes? because they’re drawing it out? because seemingly nothing’s happened between them? but wait things have happened between them, a lot more between them than with daryl and someone else or carol and someone else. just think of all the stuff they’ve been through together and apart.
daryl was drawn to carol from the beginning. like he literally went from ‘you ain’t my problem, sophia wasn’t my problem’ to ‘hey, you good? come here.’ in like 5 seasons. that’s major character development compared to the crazy wears squirrels on his belt hardass guy we first met. and boy was he spot on. carol wasn’t his problem and neither was sophia but he made them his problem. his number one priority. no one made him look for sophia. he chose to on his own.
also let’s not forget that daryl was abused as a child by his dad AND brother. that’ll mess someone up, make them not want to get closer to people. also, look how many people … friends and family … he lost? had to watch die and he couldn’t stop it? beth. that doctor lady from alexandria. he also had to kill his own brother. that’ll mess someone up too, especially because daryl felt like it was his responsibility to protect these people and keep them alive. but that’s such a heavy burden to carry and you know what? he’s STILL protective of carol and he STILL says yes ma'am and he STILL will put her needs before his own despite all of the pain he feels and deaths he’s witnessed. i haven’t seen season 7 yet but i saw one quote here on this amazing site from it. our crossbow king said it and it was about no one else other than carol. ‘she dies, catches a fever, gets taken out by a walker, she gets hit by lightning, anything, if anything happens to her, i’ll kill you.’ i haven’t heard him say anything remotely similar to that about anyone else.
let’s look at carol now. when we met her, she was weak and reserved but was also immediately drawn to daryl like he was to her. 'just so you know i liked you first.’ him saying 'stop’ is not rejection, it’s him not knowing how to respond to her but he gets better as his character develops just as she does. carol went straight into survival mode after sophia was discovered as a walker. she’s a warrior, a soldier, the baddest of them all, what rick said: that woman is a force of nature. she sure is too. but killing all those humans started getting to her. she was breaking so she had to get away. but you know? 'i’m not the same woman i was a year ago.’ nah, babe, you’re not so i know she’ll be back and she won’t be back as just 'a force of nature’. she’s going to come back as a tornado ready for war. ready for blood.
daryl and carol are both damaged people drawn to each other. they have a beautiful friendship, probably the most beautiful one out of the whole cast. also, fans have asked norman if daryl and carol hook up so guys both of them … norm and mel and probably gimple … are well aware that we exist. that tumblr exists. that we love daryl and carol. that we love norm and mel. that we love our ship caryl.
and didn’t norm say he didn’t know when he responded? that he’s not allowed in the room when they discuss that stuff? didn’t he also say that he and carol already have a relationship because they’re two damaged people who are drawn to each other? they are open and vulnerable with each other and they aren’t like that [on a very high level at least] with anyone else. also pretty sure he said if it happens he wants it to be awkward, like she would probably have to make the first move.
so i gotta say, i don’t think the writers of twd are assholes but want to know what is rude? sending hate to them. sending hate to the cast. just sending hate. it isn’t nice or cool or funny and it makes getting what we want to see less likely to happen. maybe gimple will just have carol and daryl continue their beautiful friendship. maybe he will make it into something more someday. if it happens, great, but if not, don’t send hate to him and especially don’t send hate to the twd cast. all they’re doing is what the script said. personally i adore daryl and carol and they’ve come so far and i want them to be safe. i also, even though i have never met them, adore melissa mcbride and norman reedus. they are amazing, sweet, funny, and are adorable together. i would love to meet them both. really the whole cast is wonderful.