All Caryl interactions in Season 7 (indirect or direct) and what it means:
Season 7 Episode 1: The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be: Daryl, injured and hopeless, kneeling, facing potential death, thinks of mostly Carol in his potentially last moments. He could be about to die any second here and he thinks of her, mostly. He remembers the Terminus hug (5x01) and he remembers when he gave her a shoulder massage (3x01).
Now, let’s think: Why would he remember those specific moments out of any other? Terminus reunion was probably because that was the happiest he’s been. He lost Carol out of his own control (like he has with his mom and Merle), he, perhaps, even though she was dead. He thought he would never see her again. He missed her so much. But then, he sees her. She FOUND him. She SAVED them. There she was, in all her precious flesh, apprehensive, wondering how they would all react. The woman he loves is alive and she found them, in a hopeless world. She found them. Happiness can exist even in that world. As hopeless as it seems, in the misery of it all, they reunited. And he runs to her. He hugs her so tight, lifts her off the ground. Teary eyed. So happy. Nuzzles her. Just can’t get enough of her. ‘’ You’re here. You found me. You’re here again. I’m never going to let you out of my sight, I love you. ‘’ (he didn’t say those words specifically, but with his actions, his facial expressions, says it all.)
Why did he remember Terminus? Because of everything I stated above.
Why did he remember giving her a shoulder massage? He was bringing her comfort. He was going out of his way to do something for somebody he loves (something he’s never done for anyone else, I may add). She looks at him with a huge smile and he stops. ‘’ We should get back… ‘’ he says. ‘’ Pretty romantic. Wanna screw around? ‘’ she asks. He scoffs. He looks back at her almost like ‘’ wait… is she serious? ‘’ and instead, they both laugh.
Slow burn, people. Slow burn. Why did he remember the shoulder massage? Because it was physical affection. It was him bringing her comfort. His memories with Carol, his happiest one’s, are ones that include physical touch. He could have remembered literally anything else. But he didn’t. He remembered memories that include him initiating, all on his own, physical touch and affection. THOSE are Daryl’s happiest moments.
Moving on. That was Caryl interaction in Season 7 Episode 1. It was indirect, but it was there. In his last thoughts (for all he knew), he thought of Carol.
Season 7 Episode 9: Rock In The Road:
Rick: Did you find Carol? Morgan: I did, yeah. Daryl: Where is she? Is she okay? Morgan looking at Daryl: Well, she was here and then she left. *If you notice, Daryl stops in his tracks. No movement. None. You cannot even tell he’s breathing. Morgan: You know, she wasn’t too happy with me following her. She wanted to get away from us. From everyone. *Daryl starts pacing side by side* Morgan: But when I found her, she was shot. *Daryl stops moving again* Morgan: Just a graze, I got her back here, they got doctors. They good. Daryl: *angry, grunt voice, almost snarling* Was it them? Morgan: It was. Morgan: She had crossed with some of them and one of them followed her and tried to kill her. *Shot of Daryl’s face, who swallows as he’s told someone tried to kill Carol. He looks very angry and upset.* Morgan, who by the way is looking straight at Daryl, almost with an apologetic look, continues on saying: I killed him. I had to. Carol was here. She got help. *looks at Daryl* Morgan: Now she’s gone. Daryl: Looks sad and destroyed, confused. *Shot of Rick also looking at Daryl.
Now… this scene wasn’t for nothing. This was to show how close Daryl and Carol are and how others around them, even others who don’t know them that well (Morgan) know how close they are and how important Carol is to Daryl. This scene had Daryl pacing, frozen, swallowing, angry, concerned and sad. This? It wasn’t for nothing. This was yet another indirect Caryl scene that didn’t necessarily need to be there and wouldn’t have been there had they planned on erasing Caryl.
Moving on to one of our favorite episodes (yes?)
Season 7 Episode 10: New Best Friends:
Scene 1: Daryl brings up Carol out of nowhere. (Necessary? No.) It starts off with… Daryl: Hey. Where’d you go in them trucks? *Morgan walks over* Daryl: You went to see them, right? Morgan: Yeah. Daryl: Part of your deal? *Morgan looks away* Daryl: What the hell is wrong with you? Daryl: You’re bleeding. They did that to you. You know what they are. Morgan: I do. Daryl: You know…if Carol were here, she saw all that, if she knew Abraham… and Glenn… she’d be leading us right to them, ready to kill them all. *evaluate Daryl’s voice… his voice is low. Almost angry. Snarling. Almost mocking Morgan. *Morgan is quite obviously a bit offended* Morgan: She would. And that’s why she left, man. *Daryl, looking at him with anger and walks away*
This scene, was it necessary? No. What did it show? That Daryl is thinking of Carol. He knows her. He knows how badass she is and how she takes no shit. He admires her. He’s PROUD of her. He knows this woman is fierce and he has no problems randomly letting Morgan know. Out of nowhere. Because he is thinking of her.
Scene 2: Richard set up a plan to get Carol killed in the hopes to push Ezekiel to want to fight. Let’s skip that dialogue and get to what matters.
Richard: It’s just some loner he met Richard: Sometimes he brings food their way. Daryl: Why don’t they live in The Kingdom? Richard: I don’t know. She lives out there, she’ll die out there. Daryl: … it’s a woman? Richard: Does that matter? She’s got more balls then you and me. She’s gonna die either way. *Notice the sounds, the music* Richard: When the saviors come and find their buddies dead, if they know their elbow from their asshole, they can follow an obvious spore. They are going to go to the weapons cash and into the cabin. They are going to attack this woman. Daryl: What’s her name? Richard: Maybe they kill her, maybe they don’t. But it’s going to show Ezekiel what he needs to do. Daryl: Her name. What is it? Richard: She’s tough. Maybe she’ll live. Daryl: *raises his voice* Say her damn name! Richard: … Carol. I hoped you didn’t know her. But I didn’t think you’d care. Cause you know what needs to happen. Daryl: No. Richard: Maybe she’ll live. Look this is how this can happen. This is how we can get rid of the saviors. This is how we all can have a future (A future for Daryl without Carol? NO. That’s what the show is saying). Richard: She’s living out there alone just waiting to die. Daryl: *raises voice again, walking away* NO. Richard: If we don’t do anything, a hell of a lot more people are going to die, people who want to live. Daryl: *immediately turns around and gets right up to Richard’s voice* You stay the hell away from Carol, you hear me?
Saviors driving up, Richard still wants to go with his plan and Daryl, realizing that he’s going to do it, throws Richard to the ground, beating him up.
After, Richard talks some more nonsense, prompting Daryl to say: ‘’ She gets hurt, she dies, she catches a fever… she gets taken out by a walker… she gets hit by lightening. Anything. Anything happens to her, I’ll kill you. ‘’
Was this scene necessary? No. This scene just showed us how much Daryl loves Carol and how she is the most important thing in the world to Daryl. That’s not for no reason. Nothing is wasted screen time. This is to remind us, after all this time, Daryl still loves Carol and will protect her by any means necessary, even if it means beating or killing someone.
Scene 3: The Grand Reunion:
*We see Carol opening her door and is just looking annoyed. Ezekiel and his people are there. Carol says she only opened the door because they tripped her wire. Jerry gives her cobbler, she takes it and tells them to go.*
*She’s seen sitting down, picking up a romance novel called Denim Dreams, when she hears a knock on her door*
*She opens the door, ready to rip Zekeyboy a new asshole, when she loses her breath, realizing it’s Daryl* Who, by the way, is wearing denim and so is Carol.
Daryl is looking apprehensive. Sad. Carol is beginning to cry. She walks forward in his arms and he hugs her back with one arm (because crossbow on his arm), he sniffles and moves her arm gently to look at her. Because he needs to know. He needs to know why she left.
Daryl: Jesus took us to The Kingdom. Morgan said you just left… I was out here. I saw you. Daryl: *voice breaks* Why’d you go? Carol: I had to.
This scene shows us how upset and devastated Daryl was finding out she left. This scene highlights to us, again, how important she is to him. How much she matters and how much he loves her. How much he doesn’t feel okay when she’s gone away.
Carol: I couldn’t lose any of them. I couldn’t lose you. * Daryl raises his head to look right at her* Carol: I couldn’t kill them. I could. I would, if they hurt any of our people, anymore of them… that’s what I would do. And there wouldn’t be anything left of me after that. Carol: The Saviors. Did they come? Daryl: …. Yeah. Carol: *crying* Did anyone get hurt? Is everybody okay? Did the saviors… is everybody back HOME okay? Daryl: *hesitating* Carol: Daryl. Daryl: They came. We got em all. Made a deal with the rest of them like Ezekiel. Everyone’s alright. *Carol here is starting to breathe more easy… and Daryl reassures her again… ‘’ Everyone’s alright ‘’ in such a comforting voice. Carol: *crying out of happiness with a huge smile* Daryl: We gonna eat or, or I got to be a king or somethin’ to get food around here? Carol: *laughs* softly responds ‘’ shut up ‘’. She brings the food over and pours some in Daryl’s bowl. Looking at him. Smiling. Daryl: Ezekiel. Is he okay? Carol: Yeah, I think he is. *Daryl starts eating, has wonderful table manners around Carol by the way and meanwhile, she’s smiling at him, barely taking her eyes off of him
This scene. All of this here, is important. This is Daryl lying to Carol because he loves her. Sounds weird, right? Hear me out. This is Daryl, who just finished hearing that the woman he loves couldn’t kill anymore because she was afraid there would be nothing left of her after that. Daryl lies because he wants to keep her safe. Protected. Away from this war. He lies because he loves her, and like Norman said ‘’ He doesn’t want her to get hurt and fuck her up basically. ‘’. This is a selfless act. This was for her. Him and Team Family could benefit from having Carol fight alongside them. Hell, Daryl even brought up Carol’s badassery to Morgan. He knows she could help them win. He knows she’d be a huge benefit and asset. But he doesn’t care. Not at her expense. He needs her. He needs her alive and healthy. If this means potentially sacrificing everyone else’s life, so be it. They can find another way. They can find another way that doesn’t involve the woman he loves. For her.
Daryl is walking out of the house when he suddenly turns around and looks at Carol for a second. She looks awkward, putting her hands in a pocket. Daryl doesn’t want to leave. But he knows he has to. So, he walks to her and gives her a hug. She grabs his hair and he puts his face down in her shoulder. We see Carol, her face, clearly shows she doesn’t want Daryl to leave. She nuzzles his shoulder and breathes him in. You can hear her. This is incredibly intimate. Neither of them want to let go, but Daryl knows he has to. Every moment that he lingers is tempting him to stay more and more. He knows he has to go. So he raises his hand up her back and moves away, looking right in her eyes… ‘’ Watch out for yourself, alright? ‘’ he says, in a very quiet voice. He walks away, without turning around. Because he knows he can’t stay. Not yet. Carol, however, is about to go back inside before she turns around. She’s struggling. She wants to go after him. She wants him to stay. (Melissa McBride confirmed that Carol was obviously struggling with Daryl leaving) But she goes inside anyway. (May I add that the music, to me, was pretty romantic? I loved the sounds. So calm, gentle and loving.)
Morgan confirms that Daryl is holding onto Carol. Daryl is holding onto Carol because he loves her.
Moving along to…
Season 7 Episode 12: Say Yes: (This is more a parallel) Rick says to Michonne: ‘’ I can’t lose you. We say that to the one’s we love. ‘’ Carol just got done telling Daryl that she couldn’t lose him in Episode 10. Because she loves Daryl. Daryl’s actions prove that he can’t lose Carol. Because he loves her.
Season 7 Episode 13: Bury Me Here:
Carol knows something wasn’t right. Why did Jesus bring the group to The Kingdom… what happened? She can’t sleep. She goes to find Morgan.
Carol: Why did Jesus bring Daryl and everyone else at The Kingdom? Morgan: They, um… They wanted to see if we could all start working together on things. *Carol getting teary eyed* The saviors are still here. They are not fighting with The Kingdom. Daryl said they beat em back at Alexandria… Is that true? That they made a deal with em? Is everyone okay? Just tell me if it’s true. Morgan: You need to talk to Daryl about that… You wanted me to keep the whole story about you from everybody. Told me not to say where you were and I did what you asked. Daryl didn’t find you because of me. And what was said between you and him was said between you and him. I will go with you to Alexandria if you want to make the trip. If you want to talk to them. You shouldn’t go alone. You found what you wanted, right? You got away from everyone. Is it what you wanted? Or was it just too late to get away? *Carol is crying at this point*
This scene is also important because it shows that no, Carol didn’t really want to be away from everyone. Especially not Daryl. This conversation was mostly about Daryl here and Morgan understands what’s going on. She already loved Daryl. She already loves him. It was confirmed Carol was running away from love. Carol was running away from Daryl. That’s what was happening in Season 6.
It was also confirmed by Melissa McBride, that when Morgan does tell Carol what happened at the end of the episode, Carol was thinking of Daryl and how she’s sorry that he felt he couldn’t tell her.
And now… here we are, rolling into Episode 16 and her running away? It’s done. The ‘’ One Way ‘’ sign was pointing backwards, away from The Kingdom. She calls Alexandria her ‘’ home ‘’… but there’s someone there specifically. Daryl.
The best is coming. Her and Morgan’s arc is officially closing. Carol is fighting alongside them. She will reunite with Team Family in Season 8. She will reunite with Daryl in Season 8. It’s been set up for us to see them have a conversation about this. Season 8 is a NEW chapter. Caryl is coming, slowly. But it’s coming. Also, we have a great reputation with season premieres for Caryl. ;)
Stay strong, guys. Season 7 DID show us that Daryl loves Carol and Carol loves Daryl.
Carol is freezing, it’s winter and too cold to move. When Daryl realizes this, he suggests they just spend the rest of the evening curling up together with a big fluffy blanket by the fire place at their kingdom home. A couple of quiet minutes after they settled, she is reading her romance novel, while he begins to softly kiss, lick and bite her neck. She gets flustered, asking what is he doing, and he replies he’s just warming them both up.
Can you do the scene when Daryl comes back to the prison with Merle and Carol goes to his cell?
Your making it impossible for me to stay away or is that your plan? ;)
But anyways you managed to pick one of my favorite scenes ever. I mean its still in my top 5 and considering i’m in a good mood today and this scene makes me happy I figure i’d do a write-up before I went out :)
So we have Carol being adorable, running her fingers along the cell bars before peeking her head around the corner, checking with our grumpy boy to see if it’s ok to come in. No barging or just walking in but sort of checking with him first. Daryl is fixing his arrows, which to me looks like something he does when he’s stewing and needs a distraction. Everyones been give him shit today and he just needs his quiet time.
But he’s always got time for Carol it seems. She is the one exception. The one person he actually wants to see right now.
“Didn’t get a chance to tell you earlier.. but i’m glad your back..”
Daryl takes a look around. “What to all this?” There is just this big old raincloud sitting over his head today it seems.
She walks over, with Daryl watching her as she comes closer and sits down in her fashion with him. Never too quick just easy peasy. She’s wearing this pretty yellow shirt and the sunshine just seems to be following her in.
“This our home..”
“Its a tomb.” Way to be cheerful Daryl :)
Carol isn’t put out by this and just keeps talking in her easy way with him. “That’s what T-Dog said..” And when she says that you can see Daryl’s head look up from what he’s doing to concentrate on her. “And I thought he was right.. until you found me..”
She smiles at him softly, and we see him give her this adorable little half smile as remember that, yeah he did. And she was sitting in front of him, all pretty and liking him. And they have this prolonged eye-contact that is….well… gaaaah (serious scientific level chemistry for you know… research) and its a pause before she speaks again. Finally getting to her point.
“Hey’s your brother.. but he’s not good for you.. don’t let him bring you down..”
And anyone else talking to him about Merle these days would’ve gotten lashed out at but not Carol. Because there is nothing in her voice but concern for him. She’s not judging, making him choose or telling him what to feel, she’s just telling him she understands and that she cares about HIM. She knows the dysfunctional relationship he has with Merle, how destructive it can be sometimes. And that that its not easy to walk away from that. Its complicate. She’s just telling just him she cares about him and has his back. And Daryl knows this. He’s completely at ease now.
And she adds a little something at the end. “After all look how far you’ve come..” And Daryl takes a look around and realizes just how funny that was and that she made a funny and well…
Cutest thing ever…. that little shy head dip giggle. My heart…
I love it cause it really shows how much she gets him and how she’s just different from everyone else. She can take him from being grumpy, to chuckling like this very quickly because she gets him. Can put him at ease. And vice-versa.
One of my favorties ever Nomy thanks for the ask :)
not actually katie mcgrath, i just like that picture
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