i love how this fandom continues to want to erase Carol from the Daryl narrative at all costs
Rick flashbacks of Michonne: ohmygod they are so in love. their love is so pure (it is!)
Glenn flashbacks of Maggie: ohmygod they are so in love. their love is so pure (it is!)
people in relationships flashbacks of significant others: aww. so much love!
Daryl flashbacks of Carol: well you see it’s not really about carol as a person. carol’s face is there but it’s not about her. it’s about the cherokee rose, the symbol of hope. daryl carrying carol like her own personal knight in shining armor that basically means daryl is very protective of everyone in the group. daryl’s flashbacks are just all very symbolic because obviously carol means as much to daryl as everyone else - rick, glenn, abe, eugene, goat tabitha and one of them cows - but he only saw her face because carol is a symbol of everyone else.
haha. carol and daryl might never be canon. but fandom’s hypocrisy is.
the truth is daryl loves carol (whatever type of love!) and he thought of special moments he shared with her. moments when the need to comfort and protect her were more important. her. carol. she’s not an object or symbol. she’s a person in daryl’s world.