Let’s just discuss his face here for a minute…
This is not a “ooh, my friend’s back - great!” look.
This is not a “sis, you’re alive!” look.
The moment he sees her, his face begins to crumble and the tears begin to fall and all apprehensions disintegrates. This is a look that Daryl never wears, for anyone but Carol. It’s a huge, full-on smile that says: he just got his girl back, and he had to have her in his arms as fast as possible.
His cautiousness and bad experiences of physical contact just completely leave him, because Carol is standing there, alive, and all that matters to him is clinging to her for dear life because he never thought he’d get that chance again, and once he did, he wasn’t going to let it pass him by, and he completely jumped into her arms.
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